Nano-scale materials are proving attractive for a new generation of devices, due to their unique properties. They are used to create fast-responding sensors with good sensitivity and selectivity for the detection of chemical species and biological agents. Nanosensors for Chemical and Biological Applications provides an overview of developments brought about by the application of nanotechnology for both chemical and biological sensor development.

Part one addresses electrochemical nanosensors and their applications for enhanced biomedical sensing, including blood glucose and trace metal ion analysis. Part two goes on to discuss spectrographic nanosensors, with chapters on the use of nanoparticle sensors for biochemical and environmental sensing and other techniques for detecting nanoparticles in the environment.

Nanosensors for Chemical and Biological Applications serves as a standard reference for R&D managers in a range of industrial sectors, including nanotechnology, electronics, biotechnology, magnetic and optical materials, and sensors technology, as well as researchers and academics with an interest in these fields.

Key Features

  • Reviews the range electrochemical nanosensors, including the use of carbon nanotubes, glucose nanosensors, chemiresistor sensors using metal oxides, and nanoparticles
  • Discusses spectrographic nanosensors, such as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoparticle sensors, the use of coated gold nanoparticles, and semiconductor quantum dots


Materials science and chemistry researchers working in nanotechnology; R&D managers in industrial sectors such as nanotechnology, electronics, biotechnology, medicine, and environmental monitoring

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Part I: Electrochemical nanosensors

1. Chemical and biological sensing with carbon nanotubes (CNTs)


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Synthesis of carbon nanotubes (CNTs)

1.3 Functionalization of CNTs

1.4 Biosensors based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)

1.5 Technical and industrial challenge for the integration of CNTs in analytical and bioanalytical devices

1.6 Conclusion and future trends

1.7 References

2. Electrochemical nanosensors for blood glucose analysis


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Nanosized materials: enzymatic detection of glucose

2.3 Nanosized materials: direct detection of glucose

2.4 Nanosized sensors

2.5 Conclusion and future trends

2.6 Sources of further information and advice

2.7 References

3. Nanoparticle modified electrodes for trace metal ion analysis


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Nanoparticle modified electrodes: basic principles

3.3 Electroanalytical applications of nanoparticle modified electrodes: detection of arsenic

3.4 Electroanalytical applications of nanoparticle modified electrodes: detection of chromium

3.5 Electroanalytical applications of nanoparticle modified electrodes: detection of lead (II) and cadmium (II)

3.6 Electroanalytical applications of nanoparticle modified electrodes: detection of antimony

3.7 Conclusion

3.8 Sources of further information and advice

3.9 References

4. Interfacing cells with nanostructured electrochemical sensors for enhanced biomedical sensing


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Designing and constructing nanostructured surfaces for cellular sensing

4.3 Electrochemical sensing using nanoelectronic sensin


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Kevin C. Honeychurch

Kevin C. Honeychurch is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in Biosciences at the University of the West of England. He is a Member of the Royal Society for Chemistry (MRSC) and a Chartered Chemist (CChem).

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University of the West of England, UK