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Materials science and the sensor revolution

Byrne, Robert and Benito-Lopez, Fernando and Diamond, Dermot (2010) Materials science and the sensor revolution. Materials Today, 13 (7-8). pp. 16-23. ISSN 1369-7021

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For the past decade, we have been investigating strategies to develop ways to provide chemical sensing platforms capable of long-term deployment in remote locations1-3. This key objective has been driven by the emergence of ubiquitous digital communications and the associated potential for widely deployed wireless sensor networks (WSNs). Understandably, in these early days of WSNs, deployments have been based on very reliable sensors, such as thermistors, accelerometers, flow meters, photodetectors, and digital cameras. Biosensors and chemical sensors (bio/chemo-sensors) are largely missing from this rapidly developing field, despite the obvious value offered by an ability to measure molecular targets at multiple locations in real-time. Interestingly, while this paper is focused on the issues with respect to wide area sensing of the environment, the core challenge is essentially the same for long-term implantable bio/chemo-sensors4, i.e.; how to maintain the integrity of the analytical method at a remote, inaccessible location?

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:materials; sensors;
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Analytical chemistry
Biological Sciences > Microfluidics
Physical Sciences > Chemistry
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Chemical Sciences
Research Initiatives and Centres > CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
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Copyright Information:Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland
ID Code:15523
Deposited On:03 Aug 2010 12:04 by Fernando Benito-Lopez. Last Modified 03 Aug 2010 12:05

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