Smart Nanosensors: Recent Developments and Applications


Category : Special Issue

Smart Nanosensors:  Recent Developments and Applications
  • 18-August-2018

Nano-sensors (or nanomaterials based sensors) can offer many advantages over their micro counterparts, such as lower power consumption, high sensitivity, lower concentration of analytes, smaller interaction distance between object and sensor.

In case of gas sensing application, such as nanotubes based sensors, only few gas molecules could be enough to vary the electrical conductivity of sensor. Thus, they can detect chemical vapors (from explosives/drugs or volatile organic compounds) at a very low concentration. For biomedical applications, nanobiosensors could potentially be integrated with (i) self-powered bioimplantable systems, (ii) bio-implantable medical devices, (iii) bioelectronics, (iv) nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). Nanosensors have been used in smart structures for self-sensing and self monitoring (structural health monitoring). In addition, as can be integrated into a wireless network, nanosensors have been aslo used for monitoring environmental pollution and traffic monitoring (multiparameter nanosensors).

In logistics management, nanosensors could be used in the Active transport tracking devices for smart tracking and tracing. In agri-food productions, nanosensors are widely used for (i) monitoring soil conditions or environmental conditions at the farm, (ii) smart fertilizers (conditional release), (iii) Nanochips for identity (radio frequency identification), food inspection, intelligent food packaging, smart storage…

Beside, with the supports of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools (such as fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, neural networks, ambient-intelligence…), sensor systems nowadays become smarter.

This special issue aims to emphasize the fundamental design concepts and promising applications of nanosensors in smart infrastructure, logistics management, agri-food productions, gas sensing, monitoring environmental pollution, traffic monitoring, and biomedical applications.


We sincerely invite research papers, reviews, short communication and case reports addressing these issues.


Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:


Application of artificial intelligence tools for nanosensors based systems

Nanosensors for biomedical applications 

Nanosensors in smart infrastructures

Nanosensors for mornitoring environmental pollution

Nanosensors for agri-food productions

Nanosensors in logistics management

Nanosensors in gas sensing applications

Nanosensors for advanced optical applications

Nanosensors for smart cities application




Tuan Anh Nguyen, Institute for Tropical Technology, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam; ntanh@itt.vast.vn


Guest Editors:

Baoguo Han, School of Civil Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Liaoning, China; hanbaoguo@dlut.edu.cn


Vijay K. Tomer, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, University of California, CA, USA; vjtomer@berkeley.edu


Ali Farmani, School of Electrical Engineering, Lorestan University, Khorramabad, Iran; farmani.a@lu.ac.ir


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