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Carbon-Based Nanomaterials for Plasmonic Sensors: A Review

Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016, India
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Sensors 2019, 19(16), 3536;
Received: 15 July 2019 / Revised: 10 August 2019 / Accepted: 11 August 2019 / Published: 13 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Plasmonic Sensing)
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The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technique is a remarkable tool, with applications in almost every area of science and technology. Sensing is the foremost and majorly explored application of SPR technique. The last few decades have seen a surge in SPR sensor research related to sensitivity enhancement and innovative target materials for specificity. Nanotechnological advances have augmented the SPR sensor research tremendously by employing nanomaterials in the design of SPR-based sensors, owing to their manifold properties. Carbon-based nanomaterials, like graphene and its derivatives (graphene oxide (GO)), (reduced graphene oxide (rGO)), carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and their nanocomposites, have revolutionized the field of sensing due to their extraordinary properties, such as large surface area, easy synthesis, tunable optical properties, and strong compatible adsorption of biomolecules. In SPR based sensors carbon-based nanomaterials have been used to act as a plasmonic layer, as the sensitivity enhancement material, and to provide the large surface area and compatibility for immobilizing various biomolecules, such as enzymes, DNA, antibodies, and antigens, in the design of the sensing layer. In this review, we report the role of carbon-based nanomaterials in SPR-based sensors, their current developments, and challenges. View Full-Text
Keywords: surface plasmon resonance; sensors; carbon nanotube; graphene surface plasmon resonance; sensors; carbon nanotube; graphene

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Gupta, B.D.; Pathak, A.; Semwal, V. Carbon-Based Nanomaterials for Plasmonic Sensors: A Review. Sensors 2019, 19, 3536.

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