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Special Issue "Nanotechnology and Optical Sensors"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Eleni Makarona

Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, NCSR “Demokritos”, Patriarhou Gregoriou and Neapoleos, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi, Greece
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Interests: optical sensors; optical biodiagnostics; photonic circuits; metal oxide nanostructures; ZnO-based optoelectronic devices
Guest Editor
Dr. Pangiota Petrou

Immunoassay/Immunosensors Lab, Institute of Nuclear and Radiological Sciences and Technology, Energy and Safety, NCSR “Demokritos”, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi, Greece
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Interests: immunoassays and immunosensors for biological markers; environmental or food hazard; new substrates and methods for biomolecule immobilization and/or detection; development and evaluation of bioanalytical microsystems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Probing matter with light has been one of the most elegant and non-destructive means for scientists to study, explore, and understand biological materials and processes. A plethora of examples exist, where light has been the enabling tool that probes, interrogates, and elucidates biochemical events either in vitro or in vivo, and has been humankind’s ally in detecting biological entities in minute quantities. The recent advances in nanofabrication and emerging nanomaterials and nanostructures have been enhancing the optical detection “arsenal” with disruptive and breakthrough nanophotonic tools, which will form the basis for the next generation of optical sensing techniques and devices.

This Special Issue is devoted to collecting the recent advances in nanofabrication, nanomaterials, and nanophotonics that contribute to the development of novel and radical optical biosensing tools applicable to medical and biochemical diagnostics (both in vivo and in vitro), environmental monitoring, food quality and safety assessment, and biohazard detection. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Novel nanostructures and nanomaterials for optical sensing
  • Nanofabrication techniques for optical transducers
  • Nanostructures for optical sensors—nanophotonics
  • Biodiagnostics
  • Label-free optical transducers
  • Optical cellular probes
  • Nanomaterials for intracellular imaging

Dr. Eleni Makarona
Dr. Pangiota Petrou
Guest Editors

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  • nanophotonics
  • nano-optics
  • optical sensors
  • label-free detection schemes
  • in vitro diagnostics
  • in vivo diagnostics
  • cellular and intracellular imaging
  • optical cellular probes
  • pathogen/microorganism detection

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Novel Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Techniques for DNA, Protein and Drug Detection
Sensors 2019, 19(7), 1712; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19071712
Received: 24 January 2019 / Revised: 15 March 2019 / Accepted: 29 March 2019 / Published: 10 April 2019
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Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a vibrational spectroscopic technique in which the Raman scattering signal strength of molecules, absorbed by rough metals or the surface of nanoparticles, experiences an exponential growth (103–106 times and even 1014–1015 times) [...] Read more.
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a vibrational spectroscopic technique in which the Raman scattering signal strength of molecules, absorbed by rough metals or the surface of nanoparticles, experiences an exponential growth (103–106 times and even 1014–1015 times) because of electromagnetic or chemical enhancements. Nowadays, SERS has attracted tremendous attention in the field of analytical chemistry due to its specific advantages, including high selectivity, rich informative spectral properties, nondestructive testing, and the prominent multiplexing capabilities of Raman spectroscopy. In this review, we present the applications of state-of-the-art SERS for the detection of DNA, proteins and drugs. Moreover, we focus on highlighting the merits and mechanisms of achieving enhanced SERS signals for food safety and clinical treatment. The machine learning techniques, combined with SERS detection, are also indicated herein. This review concludes with recommendations for future studies on the development of SERS. Full article
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