Special Issue "Magnetic Biosensors"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Richard Luxton
Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology, University of the West of England, Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY, UK
Website: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/press/keycommentators/professorrichardluxton.aspx
E-Mail: richard.luxton@uwe.ac.uk
Interests: magneto-immunoassay; rapid diagnostics; point of care testing; environmental testing; interdisciplinary collaboration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the growing and diversifying technologies employed to monitor biological interactions, magnetic materials have unique properties that that can be exploited for the development of biosensors for rapid measurements at the point of test. Magnetic biosensors employ paramagnetic or super-paramagnetic particles, or crystals, as a method of detecting biological interactions by measuring changes in magnetic properties or magnetically induced effects such as changes in coil inductance, resistance or magneto-optical properties. The particles used in magnetic biosensors range in size from nanometres to microns in diameter and are coated in a bio-receptor such as an antibody or strand of nucleic acid. Interaction with the target causes physical properties of the particles to change; this might be associated with mobility or size. There are a number of technologies employed to detect the particles in a magnetic biosensor including coils, GMR devices, Hall Effect devices and various optical and imaging techniques. The main advantage unique to a magnetic biosensor is the ability to accelerate the binding interactions by manipulating the paramagnetic particles in a magnetic field, allowing the particles to be moved to a sensor surface where biological interactions take place allowing rapid detection of target.

This Special Issue will be dedicated to promoting the wide range of technologies and devices that employ magnetic detection of magneto-optical effects to detect and quantitate biological targets in a sample or targets in a biological sample. Applications areas include biomedical, diagnostics, environmental analysis, food safety and biosecurity.

Prof. Dr. Richard Luxton
Guest Editor


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  • paramagnetic
  • super-paramagnetic
  • magnetic-nanocrystals
  • magnetometer
  • GMR
  • hall effect
  • magneto-optical
  • immunobiosensor

Published Papers (4 papers)

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Biosensors 2014, 4(3), 221-242; doi:10.3390/bios4030221
Received: 30 April 2014; in revised form: 14 July 2014 / Accepted: 18 July 2014 / Published: 24 July 2014
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Biosensors 2014, 4(3), 204-220; doi:10.3390/bios4030204
Received: 8 April 2014; in revised form: 9 June 2014 / Accepted: 13 June 2014 / Published: 8 July 2014
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Biosensors 2014, 4(3), 189-203; doi:10.3390/bios4030189
Received: 21 April 2014; in revised form: 10 June 2014 / Accepted: 23 June 2014 / Published: 4 July 2014
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Biosensors 2014, 4(1), 76-89; doi:10.3390/bios4010076
Received: 17 January 2014; in revised form: 27 February 2014 / Accepted: 17 March 2014 / Published: 21 March 2014
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Last update: 9 July 2014

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