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Special Issue "Electrospinning Nanomaterials for Label-Free Sensors"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gang Wei
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Hybrid Materials Interfaces Group, Faculty of Production Engineering and Center for Environmental Research and Sustainable technology (UFT), University of Bremen, D-28359 Bremen, Germany
Interests: graphene; nanomaterials; biomolecular self-assembly; biomaterials; sensors; biosensors
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Prof. Zhiqiang Su
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State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 100029 Beijing, China
Interests: nanohybrids; biomedical materials; biosensors; bioelectronics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Electrospinning represents a simple and effective technique to fabricate nanofibrous polymer materials with large surface-to-volume ratios and desirable engineered properties, which have been widely used for applications in biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, sensors, nanodevices, and energy and environmental sciences. To extend the applications of electrospun nanomaterials in sensor techniques, numerous functional nanoscale building blocks, such as metallic/metal oxide nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, graphene, graphene quantum dots, and others, have been incorporated into polymers and then electrospun into hybrid nanofibrous materials. In the past years, with the help of electrospinning, a series of high-performance fibrous nanomaterial-based sensors/biosensors have been successfully fabricated for the detection of various analytes including gas, ions, small molecules, cells, DNA, proteins, and other biomolecules. There is no doubt that electrospinning has become one of the most powerful techniques for preparing diverse nanomaterials for highly sensitive and selective label-free sensors.

In this Special Issue, we invite contributions from scientists who are actively involved in research related to the fabrication of label-free sensors through the electrospinning method. The topics include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Functional nanomaterials fabricated by electrospinning for sensor applications;
  • Fabrication of high-performance sensor architectures;
  • Electrospun nanoporous membranes for sensors;
  • Electrospun hybrid nanomaterials for sensors;
  • Electrospun nanomaterials for gas detection;
  • Electrospun nanomaterials for bioanalysis;
  • Electrospun nanomaterials for environmental monitoring;
  • Development of sensing techniques;
  • Development of sensing performances.

Dr. Gang Wei
Prof. Zhiqiang Su
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • electrospinning
  • fabrication technique
  • label-free
  • sensors and biosensors
  • nanoparticles
  • graphene
  • carbon nanotubes
  • nanofibrous membrane
  • hybrid nanomaterials
  • electrochemical sensors
  • fluorescent sensors
  • colorimetric sensors

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Electrospinning Nanoparticles-Based Materials Interfaces for Sensor Applications
Sensors 2019, 19(18), 3977; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19183977 - 14 Sep 2019
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Electrospinning is a facile technique to fabricate nanofibrous materials with adjustable structure, property, and functions. Electrospun materials have exhibited wide applications in the fields of materials science, biomedicine, tissue engineering, energy storage, environmental science, sensing, and others. In this review, we present recent [...] Read more.
Electrospinning is a facile technique to fabricate nanofibrous materials with adjustable structure, property, and functions. Electrospun materials have exhibited wide applications in the fields of materials science, biomedicine, tissue engineering, energy storage, environmental science, sensing, and others. In this review, we present recent advance in the fabrication of nanoparticles (NPs)-based materials interfaces through electrospinning technique and their applications for high-performance sensors. To achieve this aim, first the strategies for fabricating various materials interfaces through electrospinning NPs, such as metallic, oxide, alloy/metal oxide, and carbon NPs, are demonstrated and discussed, and then the sensor applications of the fabricated NPs-based materials interfaces in electrochemical, electric, fluorescent, colorimetric, surface-enhanced Raman scattering, photoelectric, and chemoresistance-based sensing and detection are presented and discussed in detail. We believe that this study will be helpful for readers to understand the fabrication of functional materials interfaces by electrospinning, and at the same time will promote the design and fabrication of electrospun nano/micro-devices for wider applications in bioanalysis and label-free sensors. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electrospinning Nanomaterials for Label-Free Sensors)
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Electrochemical Sensors Fabricated by Electrospinning Technology: An Overview
Sensors 2019, 19(17), 3676; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19173676 - 23 Aug 2019
Cited by 3
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Nanofibers or nanofibrous membranes prepared by electrospinning possess many attractive properties, including excellent mechanical properties, high specific surface area and high porosity, making them attractive for sensor application, especially for the electrochemical sensors. Many nanomaterials are used as additives to improve the conductivity, [...] Read more.
Nanofibers or nanofibrous membranes prepared by electrospinning possess many attractive properties, including excellent mechanical properties, high specific surface area and high porosity, making them attractive for sensor application, especially for the electrochemical sensors. Many nanomaterials are used as additives to improve the conductivity, sensitivity and selectivity of sensors. Based on the different modifiers of electrode materials, electrochemical sensors can be divided into enzyme sensors and non-enzyme sensors. In this review, we summarize the recent progress of the electrochemical sensors fabricated by electrospinning, including hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) sensors, glucose sensors and other sensors. In addition, the sensing mechanisms of various electrochemical sensors are introduced in detail. Finally, future research directions of electrochemical sensors based on electrospinning and the challenges faced by large-scale applications of electrospun electrochemical sensors are presented. Full article
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Electrospun Nanofibers for Label-Free Sensor Applications
Sensors 2019, 19(16), 3587; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19163587 - 17 Aug 2019
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Electrospinning is a simple, low-cost and versatile method for fabricating submicron and nano size fibers. Due to their large surface area, high aspect ratio and porous structure, electrospun nanofibers can be employed in wide range of applications. Biomedical, environmental, protective clothing and sensors [...] Read more.
Electrospinning is a simple, low-cost and versatile method for fabricating submicron and nano size fibers. Due to their large surface area, high aspect ratio and porous structure, electrospun nanofibers can be employed in wide range of applications. Biomedical, environmental, protective clothing and sensors are just few. The latter has attracted a great deal of attention, because for biosensor application, nanofibers have several advantages over traditional sensors, including a high surface-to-volume ratio and ease of functionalization. This review provides a short overview of several electrospun nanofibers applications, with an emphasis on biosensor applications. With respect to this area, focus is placed on label-free sensors, pertaining to both recent advances and fundamental research. Here, label-free sensor properties of sensitivity, selectivity, and detection are critically evaluated. Current challenges in this area and prospective future work is also discussed. Full article
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