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Special Issue "Point-of-Care Sensing Devices"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ajeet Kaushik
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Department of Natural Sciences, Division of Sciences, Arts & Mathematics (SAM), Florida Polytechnic University, Lakeland, FL 33805-8531, USA
Interests: nanosystems; biosensors; bio-nanotechnology; diagnostics; disease management; point-of-care sensing devices
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Dr. Mubarak Mujawar
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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33174, USA
Interests: IoT; wearable sensors and systems; micro/nanofabrication; MEMS; low-temperature plasma systems and diagnostics; physics and engineering education
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The need for early-stage disease diagnostics to manage targeted diseases and determine timely therapeutics has raised the demand for smart advanced analytical diagnostics tools. Advancements in materials and electronics have enabled the development of efficient biosensors for the detection of biomarkers at desired levels and ranges. Such developed biosensors have served as potential analytical tools for real-time monitoring of bio-markers to generate the bio-informatics needed for disease monitoring and to understand the epidemic and progression under therapy to optimize timely treatment. The integration of biosensing platforms with micro-electronics and interfacing them with smartphones have made early-stage disease diagnostics possible at a point-of-care (POC) application. In spite of numerous advancements in smart biosensing, efforts are being continuously made to develop cost-effective next-generation biosensors with reduced form factors for better health wellness. 

Keeping the advancements, challenges, and future prospects in mind, this Special Issue of Sensors entitled "Point-of-Care Sensing Devices" focuses on fundamental and applied research in order to develop biosensors for POC application. This Special Issue invites mini reviews, reviews, letters, and research articles related to the field of nanotechnology, advanced functional sensing materials, numerical simulations, advancements in transduction, miniaturized sensing system development, and the internet of things (IoT). Technological advancement in signal amplification and developments in optical, electrical, magnetic, and physical sensing strategies to fabricate an efficient sensing system are also covered in this issue.

This Special Issue will serve as a guideline to scientists who are planning to conduct research in the area of designing and developing a miniaturized sensing system at POC application for personalized health care.

Dr. Ajeet Kaushik
Dr. Mubarak Mujawar
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Advanced functional nanostructures 
  • Thin films 
  • Numerical simulation 
  • Advanced devices 
  • Sensing systems
  • Internet of things 
  • Biosensors
  • Miniaturized systems 
  • Wearable sensing systems
  • BioMEMS systems
  • Bioinformatics 
  • System for diseases diagnostics
  • Point-of-care devices/applications

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Point of Care Sensing Devices: Better Care for Everyone
Sensors 2018, 18(12), 4303; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18124303 - 06 Dec 2018
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Improved health management is a key to provide a better health care [...] Full article
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Automatic Range Adjustment of the Fluorescence Immunochromatographic Assay Based on Image Processing
Sensors 2020, 20(1), 209; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20010209 - 30 Dec 2019
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As an emerging technology, fluorescence immunochromatographic assay (FICA) has the advantages of high sensitivity, strong stability and specificity, which is widely used in the fields of medical testing, food safety and environmental monitoring. The FICA reader based on image processing meets the needs [...] Read more.
As an emerging technology, fluorescence immunochromatographic assay (FICA) has the advantages of high sensitivity, strong stability and specificity, which is widely used in the fields of medical testing, food safety and environmental monitoring. The FICA reader based on image processing meets the needs of point-of-care testing because of its simple operation, portability and fast detection speed. However, the image gray level of common image sensors limits the detection range of the FICA reader, and high-precision image sensors are expensive, which is not conducive to the popularization of the instrument. In this paper, FICA strips’ image was collected using a common complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor and a range adjustment mechanism was established to automatically adjust the exposure time of the CMOS image sensor to achieve the effect of range expansion. The detection sensitivity showed a onefold increase, and the upper detection limit showed a twofold increase after the proposed method was implemented. In addition, in the experiments of linearity and accuracy, the fitting degree (R2) of the fitted curves both reached 0.999. Therefore, the automatic range adjustment method can obviously improve the detection range of the FICA reader based on image processing. Full article
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Design of a Portable Orthogonal Surface Acoustic Wave Sensor System for Simultaneous Sensing and Removal of Nonspecifically Bound Proteins
Sensors 2019, 19(18), 3876; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19183876 - 08 Sep 2019
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One challenge for current surface acoustic wave (SAW) biosensors is reducing nonspecific adsorption. A device propagating Rayleigh and shear horizontal surface acoustic waves in orthogonal directions fabricated in ST quartz has the capability of achieving simultaneous detection and nonspecific binding (NSB) protein removal. [...] Read more.
One challenge for current surface acoustic wave (SAW) biosensors is reducing nonspecific adsorption. A device propagating Rayleigh and shear horizontal surface acoustic waves in orthogonal directions fabricated in ST quartz has the capability of achieving simultaneous detection and nonspecific binding (NSB) protein removal. Current measurement methods for a SAW sensor system based on this device require large-size and expensive equipment such as a vector network analyzer (VNA), signal generator, and frequency counter, which are not suitable for portable, especially point-of-care, applications. In this work, a portable platform based on a direct digital synthesizer (DDS) is investigated for the orthogonal SAW sensor, integrating signal synthesis, gain control, phase/amplitude measurement, and data processing in a small, portable electronic system. This prototype was verified for both stability and repeatability, and the results matched very well with VNA measurements. Finally, system performance in real-time sensing and NSB removal was evaluated. Full article
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