Special Issue "Next Generation of Microwave and Millimetre-Wave Systems for Environmentally Friendly and Sustainable Telecommunications and Energy-Harvesting Systems"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022 | Viewed by 316

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Martino Aldrigo
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Guest Editor
National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies – IMT Bucharest, 077190 Voluntari (Ilfov), Romania
Interests: Microwaves; nanoelectronics; nanomaterials
Dr. Diego Masotti
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Guest Editor
Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering “Guglielmo Marconi”, University of Bologna, 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: microwave and millimetre-wave circuit design; with special emphasis on wirelessly radiating/receiving nonlinear circuits

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The advent of 5G technology has brought the need for new visions in the development of next-generation telecommunications systems to the attention of both academia and industry. The exploitation of both microwaves and millimetre waves (i.e., up to the V-band, 40–75 GHz) will make it possible to increase the amount of pervasive information in everyday life, at the expense of many pieces of low-power equipment, intrinsically envisioning high-performance energy-harvesting techniques to make them energetically autonomous. In this contest, environmentally friendly electronics based on sustainable materials represent a must-have output to harmonize the necessity of high technology with the requirement of “green” solutions.

This Special Issue will comprise papers covering a wide range of sciences, spanning from electrical/electronic/information engineering to materials science and chemistry, to support sustainable telecommunications systems. The main scope is to offer new perspectives in devices/components/systems with practical applications in microwaves and millimetre waves for end-users consuming electronics.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • New/novel sustainable materials for low-power applications (e.g., ferroelectrics, metal-insulator transition oxides etc.);
  • Carbon-based electronics (monolayer/multilayer graphene, carbon nanotubes, etc.);
  • New/novel energy-harvesting and wireless power transfer techniques;
  • Sustainable material-based energy storage systems;
  • Life-cycle analysis of sustainable materials;
  • End-user electronics for agriculture;
  • Transport, industry, households, etc. based on “green” materials;
  • Advanced modelling techniques of microwave/millimetre-wave propagation using low-power emitters/receivers for 5G (and beyond) wireless systems.

We seek original papers that rely on the latest results, presenting new/novel approaches to create sustainable low-power and environmentally friendly electronics that are suitable for large-scale applications and have minimal pollution impact. We also welcome review papers that focus on specific aspects regarding the exploitation of sustainable materials for “green” electronics, able to capture more deeply the sustainability characteristics of state-of-the-art telecommunications systems.

Dr. Martino Aldrigo
Dr. Diego Masotti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Microwaves
  • Millimetre-waves
  • Devices
  • Components
  • (Sub-)systems
  • Transceivers
  • Energy-harvesting techniques
  • Wireless power transfer techniques
  • “Green” electronics
  • Low-power electronics
  • Carbon-based materials
  • Energy storage systems
  • Life-cycle analysis
  • Microwave/millimetre-wave propagation models

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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