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There is an increasing demand for highly sensitive, reliable, rapid and inexpensive biosensors. These have applications in many different fields including medicine, biotechnology, pharmacy, environmental studies, food science, and agriculture. This is the only book to provide an up-to-date, coherent review of biosensors based on nanostructured materials. It starts by covering the fundamental principles of nanostructures, together with functionalization and immobilization techniques, before going on to describe the practical aspects of biosensors such as sensing principles, performance and materials. Particular attention is paid to how biosensor performance is influenced by the nanostructured nature of materials and the advantages and disadvantages of using nanometer-scale sensors and transducers. Finally, the many different applications of biosensors are presented and future prospects are discussed. Many books on the market are based just on electrochemical principles but Nanostructures for Biosensing covers solid state, optical, gravimetric and electrochemical devices, thus providing a comprehensive view of the field. The chapters on semiconductor nanostructures; metal and metallic oxide nanoparticles; fullerene-based sensors; magnetic nanoparticles; nanomechanical biosensors, and applications are of particular importance. The book takes a non-mathematical, descriptive approach, thus allowing readers from such diverse fields as biology, chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering to benefit. As a general review, it is suitable for researchers, professors, consultants and students with no previous knowledge of the subject.
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There is an increasing demand for highly sensitive, reliable, rapid and inexpensive biosensors from many diverse fields including medicine, biotechnology, pharmacy, environment, food, and agriculture. This is the first book to provide a coherent approach and update to biosensors based on nanostructured materials. It gives a review of current biosensing devices, together with a review of the physico-chemical properties of nanostructures, functionalization and immobilization techniques, and transducing techniques. The book provides a descriptive approach and is aimed at a broad readership including researchers, professors, consultants and students from such fields as biology, chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering.About the Author:
Raúl J Martín-Palma is Professor of Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. He has been Post-Doctoral Fellow at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA and visiting Professor at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA. Dr. Martín-Palma has co-authored over 60 research publications in high impact factor journals and one book. He has received several awards for his research from the Materials Research Society, European Materials Research Society and Spanish Society of Materials. His current lines of research include nanostructured materials, optoelectronics and biosensors. Michael Pishko is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering at Penn State University. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently engaged in interdisciplinary research in the drug delivery, biomaterials and biosensors fields. For his sensor research, he has been named a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, received an NSF CAREER award, was named an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellow and is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Sensors Journal. Dr Pishko has co-authored over 100 publications and is a co-inventor of 19 issued US patents.
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