Special Issue "Biosensors for Pathogen Detection"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Stephane Evoy
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, AB T6G 2V4, Edmonton, Canada
Website: http://www.ece.ualberta.ca/~nemslab/index.htm
E-Mail: sevoy@ualberta.ca
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The increased need of improved approaches to pathogen detection for human health care and environmental monitoring has prompted a sustained growth of novel biosensing technologies. A biosensor consists of a miniaturized analytical device integrating biological probes such as enzymes, antibodies, nucleic acids, peptides, viruses, etc., with a transduction platform able to pick up attachment events between the probe and the target. Transduction platforms include all types of physical phenomena including optical, mechanical, piezoelectric, amperometric, etc. Such biosensors offer interesting features such as real-time, on-site, and multiplexed detection of multiple targets through judicious selection of probes. They are thus poised to enable fast and accurate testing platforms in fields such as clinical diagnostics, bioprocess monitoring, environmental monitoring, agricultural product processing, as well as food and water safety. This Special Issue will focus on recent and novel technologies related to both biological probes and transduction systems.

Prof. Dr. Stephane Evoy
Guest Editor


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  • pathogens
  • bacteria
  • viruses
  • biosensors
  • food safety
  • water safety
  • diagnosis
  • antibodies
  • agricultural products
  • infectious diseases

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p. 5376-5389
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Sensors 2015, 15(3), 5376-5389; doi:10.3390/s150305376
Received: 16 December 2014 / Revised: 19 January 2015 / Accepted: 28 January 2015 / Published: 5 March 2015
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Sensors 2015, 15(2), 3988-4000; doi:10.3390/s150203988
Received: 12 November 2014 / Accepted: 30 January 2015 / Published: 9 February 2015
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Sensors 2015, 15(2), 2629-2643; doi:10.3390/s150202629
Received: 1 December 2014 / Accepted: 19 January 2015 / Published: 26 January 2015
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Sensors 2014, 14(10), 19128-19137; doi:10.3390/s141019128
Received: 11 August 2014 / Revised: 8 October 2014 / Accepted: 9 October 2014 / Published: 15 October 2014
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Type: Review
A Review of Membrane-Based Biosensors for Pathogen Detection
Remko van den Hurk, Stephane Evoy
Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada
Micro- and nanomechanical structures, such as cantilevers, paddle oscillators, beams and membranes, have received sustained attention for a wide range of applications, including sensing, energy harvesting, telecommunications, and information processing. Membranes have specifically been employed in devices such as bio- and chemical, tactile and pressure sensors; actuators; optical devices; plasmonic structures; fuel cells; biomolecules sorters; supercapacitors, lithium ion storage batteries, capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs), and acoustic energy harvesters. We, here, specifically review recent advances concerning the realization of functional nanomembranes in applications relevant to pathogen detection. Such membranes have been used as a mechanical support, as part of the transduction mechanism, and on platforms for the sorting of biomolecules and pathogens. These membranes may also be engineered to specifically house active proteins. We will review the different materials and fabrication methods used to create these membrane biosensors, the various transduction and detection methods employed, and outline the future potential in the field.

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