Special Issue "Low-Cost Biosensors for Developing Countries"


A special issue of Biosensors (ISSN 2079-6374).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Pedro Estrela
Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK
Website: http://www.bath.ac.uk/elec-eng/people/estrela
E-Mail: P.Estrela@bath.ac.uk
Interests: label-free biosensors; electrochemical biosensors; electronic sensor arrays; nanobiosensors; optoelectronic biosensors; point of care diagnostics; environmental monitoring

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The clear need for sensors in several prospective markets globally continues to drive substantial research in the field of both chemical and biological sensors. For healthcare and environmental monitoring, for example, the enduring premise is that early detection translates into informed interventions that can have lasting value. There is a demand for both high throughput sensing in traditional laboratory based sensing instrumentation and of low cost sensing for field or personal use.

The need for low cost sensing has particular benefit to developing economies, in particular within Africa and South East Asia. These developing counties have special needs for low-cost point-of-care diagnostic and monitoring tools due to e.g., the decentralized nature of healthcare, the lack of suitable testing clinics and facilities near a large number of the population, the occurrence of diseases eradicated in the developed world and, hence, of low priority investment in most research-intensive countries, the need for on-site monitoring of treatment. The investment in pure research in sensor technology has not yet resulted in the large scale commercialization of low-cost and on-site devices worldwide.

This Special Issue is dedicated to promoting the wide range of novel technologies and devices that can lead to the development of low-cost biosensors employable in developing countries. Applications include medical diagnostics, disease treatment monitoring and environmental monitoring.

Dr. Pedro Estrela
Guest Editor


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  • low-cost biosensors
  • electrochemical sensors
  • portable instrumentation
  • diagnostics
  • environmental monitoring
  • point-of-care sensors

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Biosensors 2014, 4(2), 172-188; doi:10.3390/bios4020172
Received: 15 May 2014; in revised form: 9 June 2014 / Accepted: 17 June 2014 / Published: 20 June 2014
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