Special Issue "Biosensors for Pathogen Detection"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)
Prof. Dr. Stephane Evoy
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
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sensors is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
- food safety
- water safety
- agricultural products
- infectious diseases
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.
Title: A Review of Membrane-Based Biosensors for Pathogen Detection
Authors: Remko van den Hurk, Stephane Evoy
Affiliations: Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada
Abstract: 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.