IEEE Access Special Section Editorial: Energy Harvesting Technologies for Wearable and Implantable Devices

Hadi Heidari, Mehmet Ozturk, Rami Ghannam, Man Kay Law, Hamideh Khanbareh, Abdul Halim Miah

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Implantable and wearable electronic devices can improve the quality of life as well as the life expectancy of many chronically ill patients, provided that certain biological signs can be accurately monitored. Thanks to advancements in packaging and nanofabrication, it is now possible to embed various microelectronic and micromechanical sensors such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, and image sensors into a small area on a flexible substrate and at a relatively low cost. Furthermore, these devices have been integrated with wireless communication technologies to enable the transmission of both signals and energy. However, to ensure that these devices can truly improve a patient’s quality of life, new preventative, diagnostic, and therapeutic devices that can provide hassle-free, long-term, continuous monitoring will need to be developed, which must rely on novel energy harvesting solutions that are non-obstructive to its wearer. So far, research in the field has focused on materials, new processing techniques, and one-off devices. However, existing progress is not sufficient for future electronic devices to be useful in any new application, and a great demand exists toward scaling up the research toward circuits and systems. Few interesting developments in this direction indicate that special attention should be given toward the design, simulation, and modeling of energy harvesting techniques while keeping system integration and power management in consideration
Original languageEnglish
Article number9467120
Pages (from-to)91324-91327
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2021

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HAMIDEH KHANBAREH received the B.Sc. degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Tehran in 2008, the M.Sc. degree (cum laude) in aerospace engineering from the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 2012, and the Ph.D. degree from the Novel Aerospace Materials group, Delft University of Technology in 2016, working on functionally graded ferroelectric polymer composites. During the Ph.D. degree, she worked as a Visiting Scientist with the Molecular Electronics Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Polymers (MPIP), Mainz, Germany. She was appointed as a Prize Fellow with the Materials and Structures Research Centre, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, U.K. and was also appointed as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2018, where she established her independent research group, Ferroelectric Materials for Applications in Medical Devices, Energy and Environment (FAME2) Research Group. She is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath. She is currently leading the FAME2 Research Group. She has authored over 30 publications in top-tier journals. Her research interests include the next generation of ferroelectric materials for sensing and energy harvesting by utilizing expertise in the manufacture, modeling, and characterization of these materials. Her research has been funded by major research councils and funding organizations, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate U.K. She is also a member of the IOM3 Smart Materials & Systems Committee (SMASC), the Institute of Physics (IOP), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Ferroelectrics, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and the U.K. Society of Biomaterials (UKSB).

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  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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