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Special Issue "Metal–Organic Framework Thin Films as Advanced Chemical Sensing Materials"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ki-Joong Kim
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Guest Editor
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) / US Department of Energy (DOE), 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236, USA
Interests: nanocomposite thin films; nanomaterials; chemical sensors
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanoporous metal organic framework (MOF) materials have been widely investigated as chemical sensing materials due to their periodic porosity, tunable chemical functionalities such as Lewis acid/base sites, and potential conductivity or luminescence. However, most sensor devices require the integration of the sensing material as a thin film, which presents a significant challenge for MOF materials. In this Special Issue, we plan to outline the background on MOFs as excellent candidates for chemical sensing (i.e., VOCs, gases, ions, pH) as well as different techniques for MOF thin film growth and the challenges associated with each method. Examples of different MOF thin film chemical sensor devices will be accepted as well as their various transduction mechanisms: electrical, electrochemical, optical, and acoustic. The Special Issue will present an outlook on potential future innovations for MOF thin film chemical sensors as well as and the remaining challenges associated with real-world implementation.

Dr. Ki-Joong Kim
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • metal–organic framework thin films
  • chemical sensing (VOCs, gases, ions, pH)
  • quartz crystal microbalance sensor
  • optical fiber sensor
  • surface acoustic wave sensor
  • chemiresistive sensor
  • luminescence

Published Papers

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