Special Issue "Nanocarbon-Based Biosensors"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Liming Huang

Guest Editor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Interests: nanoparticles research; biosensors; fluorescent probes; electrochemistry-based immunoassay; supramolecular chemistry; artificial antibodies
Dr. Kai Xiao

Guest Editor
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831, United States
Interests: functional hybrid nanomaterials; two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials; thin film electronic devices; sensors; inorganic/organic nanoscale electronics
Dr. Kenneth Hunter

Guest Editor
University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA
Interests: immunological/microbiological research; biomedical engineering; biosensors; fluorescence probes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanocarbon materials with different dimensions, including fullerenes, carbon dots, carbon nanotubes, graphene and graphene oxides, nanodiamonds, etc., have attracted enormous research interest due to their unique structural, physical, chemical, and electronic properties. Nanocarbon is one of the most intensively studied nanomaterials and has been widely used in many different fields, including energy conversion and storage, environment protection, catalysis, chemical and biochemical sensors, and biomedicine.

Biosensors are analytical devices that detect the presence of an analyte of interest, such as a biologically important small molecule (e.g., glucose and adenosine triphosphate), a biomolecule (e.g., peptides, DNAs, and enzymes), or a microorganism (e.g., viruses, bacteria, and cancer cells). Biosensors consist of three elements: a sensitive biological element that recognizes a specific analyte and produces a signal, a signal transduction element that transforms one signal into another, and a reading device that measures the signal. Various biosensors have been developed based on enzymes, tissues, antibodies, DNAs, etc. and widely used in the field of food safety, environmental research and protection, security and defense, biomedical research, and life sciences. They provide better stability, sensitivity, and feasibility compared to traditional methods.

Applications of nanocarbon materials in biosensors provide opportunities for developing a new generation of biosensors with improved mechanical, electrochemical, or optical properties, and overall performance of the biosensors. Nanocarbon-based biosensors can be classified into the following four categories according their transduction mechanism: (1) electronic biosensors using nanocarbon or hybrid nanocarbon-based composites as field-effect transistors; (2) electrochemical biosensors employing nanocarbon-modified electrodes; (3) optical and visual biosensors based on colorimetric detection, fluorescence quenching, Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET), and chemiluminescence; and (4) plasmonic biosensors using nanocarbon as a plasmonic layer or a sensitivity-enhancement material.

This Special Issue is dedicated to cutting-edge research and development based on nanocarbon materials that advance the field of biosensors. Original research articles, short communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Dr. Liming Huang
Dr. Kai Xiao
Dr. Kenneth Hunter
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanomaterials
  • nanocarbon
  • fullerenes
  • carbon dots
  • carbon nanotubes
  • graphene
  • graphene oxides
  • biosensors
  • biosensing
  • bioimaging
  • electrochemical
  • fluorescence
  • chemiluminescence
  • FRET
  • fluorescence quenching
  • plasmonics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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