Advances in Nanosensors for Biological and Environmental Analysis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128174562

Advances in Nanosensors for Biological and Environmental Analysis

1st Edition

Editors: Akash Deep Sandeep Kumar
Paperback ISBN: 9780128174562
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st June 2019
Page Count: 270
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Nanoscience and nanotechnology deals with the study and application of structures of at least one dimension of the order of less than 100 nm (1 nm = one millionth of a millimetre). One area of nanotechnology where that has been significant deployment of inspired new products is the development of nanosensors. Nanosensors are tiny sensory devices which monitor the physical or biological or chemical phenomena in regions which are difficult for humans to reach; and then convey the information from there to the external world.
They are highly sensitive and thus tremendous research and development is done on them to gather specific and accurate results.
This book will present up-to-date information on the various types of biological and environmental nanosensors currently available and then discuss their application fields. Classification of nanosensors is usually determined by the structure of the materials used in their fabrication. For environmental and biomedical applications, these are mainly nanotube or self-assembled materials, which include PNCs such as super-molecular or conducting polymers.  Polymer Nanocomposites are a unique class of functional materials used in the development of nanosensors due to their enhanced conductive and biological properties. In order to build this functionality during the design process it is important to have a detailed understanding of molecular interactions at the nanoscale interface. Particular attention will be given in the book to the molecular dynamic of interface reactions. The current state of art in the terms of commercial aspects will also be reviewed. Broadly, the book will provide detailed information on:

  • The emergence of different types of nanomaterials as transduction platforms used in the development of nanosensors. These will include: carbon nanotubes, graphene, 2-D transition metal dichalcogenides, conducting polymers, and metal organic frameworks.
  • The application of biomolecules as biosensing molecular interfaces. These will include examples on antibodies, DNAs, aptamers, bacteriophages, and enzyme-based biointerfaces. There will be extended discussion on different methods of biointerfacing, such as physical adsorption of biomolecules on nanomaterials through hydrophobic interactions and covalent bioconjugation methods.
  • The development of nanosensors in different sensing formats, e.g., electrochemical, fluorescent, and optical fiber.
  • Application of nanosensors for different environmental analytes, such as heavy metals, polluting/toxic gases, bacteria, emerging pollutants, and pesticides.
  • Commercial availability of environmental nanosensors, Cost-benefit analysis, and future research prospects

Key Features

  • Features detailed information on various types of biological and environmental nanosensors
  • Particular attention is given in the book to the molecular dynamics of interface reactions to build functionality during the design process
  • The current state of art in the terms of commercial aspects is also discussed


Materials scientists, nanotechnologists and environmental scientists

Table of Contents

  1. Carbon based nanomaterials used for the development of sensitive nanosensor platforms
    2. Advances in the synthesis and development of 2-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides based nanosensor platforms
    3. Conducting polymers and metal organic frameworks as advanced materials used for the development of nanosensor interfaces
    4. Synthesis and production of different biomolecules for application in the sensing of environmental pollutants
    5. Bioconjugation of different nanosurfaces with biorecognition molecules for the development of selective nanosensor platforms
    6. Development of disposable sensor strips for point-of-care testing of environmental pollutants
    7. Advantages and limitations environmental nanosensors
    8. Commercial aspects of environmental nanosensors


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About the Editor

Akash Deep

Dr. Akash Deep is a Senior Scientist at CSIR- Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Chandigarh. He received his Ph.D (Chemistry) in 2004 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India after which he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Portugal, England and Canada until 2008. He joined CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh in 2008. Dr. Deep has worked in the fields of analytical and material chemistry, biochemistry, and nanosensors for environmental and health applications. He has expertise in the synthesis and applications of advanced materials, such as 2-dimensional layered materials, fluorescent nanoparticles, metal organic frameworks, graphene composites, and conducting polymers. Dr. Akash Deep has also worked as a Visiting Professor at the Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. He has published more than 110 research articles in reputed international journals (including Progress in Material Science, Progress in Polymer Science, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, and Biotechnology Advances) and 4 book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Scientist, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Laboratory, CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, India

Sandeep Kumar

Dr. Sandeep Kumar, Assistant Professor, is a researcher of international recognition at the Department of Bio and Nano Technology, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, Haryana, India. Dr. Sandeep Kumar has received his PhD degree from Panjab University, Chandigarh. His current research interest includes synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, nano-carriers for healthcare applications; nanomaterials based sensors, biomaterials and nanotoxicity. Dr. Kumar has one patent and published more than 80 research papers in international journals of repute. Dr. Kumar has international and national sponsored research projects from numerous funding agencies. Dr. Kumar visited Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea as a visiting Professor and also Australia, UK, Scotland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates under different schemes of Govt. of India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, India

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