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Review: The increasing importance of carbon nanotubes and nanostructured conducting polymers in biosensors

Lahiff, Emer and Lynam, Carol and Gilmartin, Niamh and O'Kennedy, Richard and Diamond, Dermot (2010) Review: The increasing importance of carbon nanotubes and nanostructured conducting polymers in biosensors. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 398 (4). pp. 1575-1589. ISSN 1618-2650

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The growing need for analytical devices requiring smaller sample volumes, decreased power consumption and improved performance have been driving forces behind the rapid growth in nanomaterials research. Due to their dimensions, nanostructured materials display unique properties not traditionally observed in bulk materials. Characteristics such as increased surface area along with enhanced electrical/optical properties make them suitable for numerous applications such as nanoelectronics, photovoltaics and chemical/biological sensing. In this review we examine the potential that exists to use nanostructured materials for biosensor devices. By incorporating nanomaterials, it is possible to achieve enhanced sensitivity, improved response time and smaller size. Here we report some of the success that has been achieved in this area. Many nanoparticle and nanofibre geometries are particularly relevant, but in this paper we specifically focus on organic nanostructures, reviewing conducting polymer nanostructures and carbon nanotubes.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:carbon nanotubes; conducting polymers; nanomaterials; biomolecule immobilisation;
Subjects:Engineering > Materials
Biological Sciences > Biosensors
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Biotechnology
Research Initiatives and Centres > Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI)
Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
Research Initiatives and Centres > CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
Publisher:Springer Berlin / Heidelberg
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Copyright Information:Copyright Springer-Verlag 2010
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, European Framework Programme 7
ID Code:15747
Deposited On:22 Oct 2010 11:07 by Emer Lahiff. Last Modified 22 Oct 2010 11:07

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