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Special Issue "State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Italy 2019-2020"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "State-of-the-Art Sensors Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Beniamino Gioli
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Institute of Biometeorology (IBIMET), National Research Council (CNR), Via Giovanni Caproni, 8 (50145) Firenze, Italy
Interests: biosphere atmosphere interactions; surface energy balance; carbon cycle; eddy covariance; precision agriculture; field phenotyping; remote sensing of photosynthesis
Dr. Veronica Sberveglieri
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CNR-IBBR, Institute of Biosciences and BioResoucers, Via Madonna del Piano, 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino
Nano Sensor Systems, NASYS Spin-Off University of Brescia, Brescia, Via Alfonso Catalani, 9, 42124 Reggio Emilia, Italy
Interests: chemical sensor systems, Volatiloma, food quality and safety, food traceability, food authenticity, machine learning, IoT, new sensing material, VOCs
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Dr. Nicola Coppedè
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Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism (IMEM), Italian National Research Council (CNR), Parco Area delle Scienze 37/A, 43100 Parma, Italy
Interests: biosensors; organic electrochemical transistor; gas sensors; precision agriculture; wearable sensors; health and wellness; sensor in industrial material; pressure sensor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to provide an up-to-date and comprehensive view on the state-of-the-art of sensor science and technology in Italy.

The covered topics will span sensing devices and principles (e.g chemical, physical, biological, and optical sensors), sensor technologies (including miniaturization and nano materials), and sensor networks (including communication electronics, energy optimization, network design and data management).

The goal is to report novel, highly-functional sensors both as stand alone technologies and within a rapidly changing framework, where the massive dissemination of miniaturized low cost sensors opens new Internet of Things solutions and strong integration with disciplines such as robotics, artificial intelligence and big data analytics.

Individual topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Biological sensors
  • Electrochemical sensors
  • Precision agriculture
  • Environmental and atmospheric monitoring
  • Food quality sensors
  • Fiber optic based sensors
  • Nano materials sensing
  • Gas sensors
  • Optical sensing
  • Remote sensing
  • Robotics
  • Distributed sensor systems
  • Network performance optimization
  • Sensor arrays, smart and interconnected sensors
  • Artificial intelligence for multiple sensor management
  • Wearable sensor systems

Dr. Beniamino Gioli
Dr. Veronica Sberveglieri
Dr. Nicola Coppedè
Guest Editors

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Long-Term Performance Assessment of Low-Cost Atmospheric Sensors in the Arctic Environment
Sensors 2020, 20(7), 1919; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20071919 - 30 Mar 2020
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The Arctic is an important natural laboratory that is extremely sensitive to climatic changes and its monitoring is, therefore, of great importance. Due to the environmental extremes it is often hard to deploy sensors and observations are limited to a few sparse observation [...] Read more.
The Arctic is an important natural laboratory that is extremely sensitive to climatic changes and its monitoring is, therefore, of great importance. Due to the environmental extremes it is often hard to deploy sensors and observations are limited to a few sparse observation points limiting the spatial and temporal coverage of the Arctic measurement. Given these constraints the possibility of deploying a rugged network of low-cost sensors remains an interesting and convenient option. The present work validates for the first time a low-cost sensor array (AIRQino) for monitoring basic meteorological parameters and atmospheric composition in the Arctic (air temperature, relative humidity, particulate matter, and CO2). AIRQino was deployed for one year in the Svalbard archipelago and its outputs compared with reference sensors. Results show good agreement with the reference meteorological parameters (air temperature (T) and relative humidity (RH)) with correlation coefficients above 0.8 and small absolute errors (≈1 °C for temperature and ≈6% for RH). Particulate matter (PM) low-cost sensors show a good linearity (r2 ≈ 0.8) and small absolute errors for both PM2.5 and PM10 (≈1 µg m−3 for PM2.5 and ≈3 µg m−3 for PM10), while overall accuracy is impacted both by the unknown composition of the local aerosol, and by high humidity conditions likely generating hygroscopic effects. CO2 exhibits a satisfying agreement with r2 around 0.70 and an absolute error of ≈23 mg m−3. Overall these results, coupled with an excellent data coverage and scarce need of maintenance make the AIRQino or similar devices integrations an interesting tool for future extended sensor networks also in the Arctic environment. Full article
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Chemical Gas Sensors Studied at SENSOR Lab, Brescia (Italy): From Conventional to Energy-Efficient and Biocompatible Composite Structures
Sensors 2020, 20(3), 579; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20030579 - 21 Jan 2020
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In this paper, we present the investigations on metal oxide-based gas sensors considering the works performed at SENSOR lab, University of Brescia (Italy). We reported the developments in synthesis techniques for the preparation of doped and functionalized low-dimensional metal oxide materials. Furthermore, we [...] Read more.
In this paper, we present the investigations on metal oxide-based gas sensors considering the works performed at SENSOR lab, University of Brescia (Italy). We reported the developments in synthesis techniques for the preparation of doped and functionalized low-dimensional metal oxide materials. Furthermore, we discussed our achievements in the fabrication of heterostructures with unique functional features. In particular, we focused on the strategies to improve the sensing performance of metal oxides at relatively low operating temperatures. We presented our studies on surface photoactivation of sensing structures considering the application of biocompatible materials in the architecture of the functional devices as well. Full article
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