Special Issue "Mass-Sensitive Sensors Based on Biomimetic Recognition"


A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Peter Lieberzeit
University of Vienna, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Waehringer Strasse 38, A-1090 Vienna , Austria
Website: http://anchem.univie.ac.at/en/departments/sensors-and-rapid-analysis/cv/
E-Mail: Peter.Lieberzeit@univie.ac.at
Phone: +43 1 4277 52341
Fax: +43 1 4277 9523
Interests: molecular imprinting; artificial receptors; real-life measurements; QCM; capacitive measurements; low-cost sensing; bioanalyte sensing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mass-sensitive sensing has one main advantage: mass is one of the most fundamental properties of any analyte. However, as a result of this advantage, mass-sensitive sensors also require suitable recognition materials to ensure selectivity. To this end, biomimetic approaches, including self-assembled monolayers, laterally cross-linked matrices, artificial membrane mimics, molecularly imprinted polymers, hybrid and composite materials, as well as aptamers and synthetic peptides/proteins, have generated increasing interest. Such strategies aim to implement biological functionalities in artificial, man-made matrices, so as to exploit the best of both worlds: these strategies aim to take advantage of biological materials’ outstanding recognition abilities and selectivity while using technology to impart upon these materials ruggedness and processability. This Special Issue of "Sensors" shall gather cutting-edge research concerning transducer development and optimization, as well as the design of novel artificial recognition materials. The issue will cover analytes ranging from chemical species to biomolecules, as well as larger entities ranging up to the size of whole cells. The issue welcomes both reviews and research papers, and aims to spotlight this interesting intersection of chemistry, biology, physics, electronics, and measuring science.

Prof. Dr. Peter Lieberzeit
Guest Editor


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  • mass-sensitive sensors
  • biomimetic recognition
  • artificial receptors
  • artificial antibodies
  • molecular imprinting
  • self-assembly
  • nanoparticles

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p. 4870-4889
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Sensors 2015, 15(3), 4870-4889; doi:10.3390/s150304870
Received: 18 January 2015 / Revised: 15 February 2015 / Accepted: 16 February 2015 / Published: 26 February 2015
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Sensors 2014, 14(12), 23419-23438; doi:10.3390/s141223419
Received: 14 September 2014 / Revised: 17 November 2014 / Accepted: 27 November 2014 / Published: 5 December 2014
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Sensors 2014, 14(11), 20468-20479; doi:10.3390/s141120468
Received: 14 September 2014 / Revised: 20 October 2014 / Accepted: 27 October 2014 / Published: 30 October 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Biomimetic Receptors for Bionalyte Detection by QCMs—from Molecules to Cells
Authors :
Adnan Mujahid and Franz L. Dickert
Affiliation: Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria
Abstract: An universal label free detection of bioanalytes with biomimetic QCM coatings can be performed by imprinting strategies. Bulk imprinting was used by molecules as estradioles. The receptors synthesized are also able to recognize xenoestrogens. Surface imprinting allows the reversible, selective adhesion of bacteria and spores to sensor layers. Further progress was achieved by a double imprinting process. In this way plastic cells as templates were generated which are more robust than the native analogues. Thus, cell typing, e.g., the differentiation of bacteria strains, characterisation of cell reduplication stages and extent of their nutrition can be monitored by biomimetic mass sensors. Obviously, this leads to a control of cell growth in bioreactors.

Last update: 27 November 2014

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