Optochemical Nanosensors

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  • Explores new research trends in the development of optical chemical and biological sensors at sub micro and nanoscales
  • Outlines new linear and non-linear phenomena observable in confined domains to be exploited as new optical detection principles
  • Highlights the design and realization of new photonic technological platforms for chemical and biological sensing employing sub wavelength structures
  • Analyses the impact of new nano materials and structures on sensors’ performances
  • Contains a very wide and detailed section on the main application fields including medicine, environment, safety, security, and bioterrorism


Nanosized sensors enable the study of chemical and biochemical processes at a level and in dimensions that may not have been envisioned some 20 years ago. Fueled by their inherent small size and the unusual optical, magnetic, catalytic, and mechanical properties of nanoparticles, remarkable progress has been made in recent years in the development and utilization of nanosensors and optical nanotechnology will further widen the field. However, the design of new sensors requires new materials, new methods for their characterization, new optical sensing schemes, new approaches for creating nanosized structures, and new techniques for their interrogation in complex environments such as small living cells for studying biological signals or big public spaces for environmental monitoring .

Optochemical Nanosensors covers the rapidly growing field of optical chemical nanosensing, a new and exciting area of research and development within the large field of optical chemical sensing and biosensing. Its many applications, including the detection of bioterrorist threats, food security, virology, explosive detection and more, are covered in these self-contained yet interrelated chapters. The book reviews optochemical sensors, starting from the basics in optoelectronicsand concluding with the presentation of diverse nanosensors. The authors offer insight into future trends in this growing field and present applications in the fields of medicine, security, and bioterrorism.

Table of Contents

Fundamentals of Photonics
Brian Culshaw and Jose Miguel López-Higuera
Fundamentals of Optical Chemical Sensors
Francesco Baldini, Ambra Giannetti, and Cosimo Trono
Optical Chemical Sensors: A View Back
Dorota Wencel and Colette McDonagh
Photoluminescent Nanosensors
Mike McShane
Cantilever-Based Sensors
Maria Tenje, Stephan S. Keller, Zachary J. Davis, Anja Boisen, Joseph Ndieyira, Manuel Vögtli, Carlo Morasso, and Rachel A. McKendry
Nanostructured Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensors
Mikael Svedendahl, Si Chen, and Mikael Käll
Fiber-Optic Nanosensors
Carlos R. Zamarreño, Jesus M. Corres, Javier Goicoechea, Ignacio Del Villar, Ignacio R. Matías, and Francisco J. Arregui
Lab on Fiber Technology and Related Devices
Andrea Cusano, Marco Consales, Marco Pisco, Alessio Crescitelli, Armando Ricciardi, Emanuela Esposito, and Antonello Cutolo
Micro/Nanofibers for Biochemical Sensing
Joel Villatoro
Optofluidic Sensors
Romeo Bernini
Lab-on-Chip Nanostructured Sensors for Chemical and Biological Applications
Luca De Stefano, Edoardo De Tommaso, Emanuele Orabona, Ilaria Rea, and Ivo Rendina
Photonic Crystals as Valuable Technological Platform for Chemical and Biological Nanosensors
Valery Konopsky and Elena Alieva
Nano-Materials and Nano-Structures for Chemical and Biological Optical Sensors
Ignacio Del Villar, Javier Goicoechea, Carlos R. Zamarreño, and Jesús M. Corres
Linear and Nonlinear Spectroscopy at Nano Scale
Anna Chiara De Luca, Giuseppe Pesce, Giulia Rusciano, and Antonio Sasso
Plasmonic Nanostructures and Nano-Antennas for Sensing
Anuj Dhawan and Tuan Vo-Dinh
Overcoming Mass-Transport Limitations with Optofluidic Plasmonic Biosensors and Particle Trapping
Hatice Altug, Ahmet Ali Yanik, Alp Artar, Arif Engin Cetin, Min Huang, and John H. Connor
Optical Micro-Ring Resonators for Chemical Vapor Sensing
Yuze Sun and Xudong Fan
Nano-Optical Sensors for the Detection of Bioterrorist Threats
Vinod Kumar Khanna
Nano-Optical Sensors for Food Safety and Security
Euiwon Bae and Arun K. Bhunia
Multifunctional Fiber-Optic Nanosensors for Environmental Monitoring
Alessio Crescitelli, Marco Consales, Antonello Cutolo, Michele Giordano, and Andrea Cusano
Nano-Optical Sensors for Virology
Sathish Sankar, Balaji Nandagopal, Mageshbabu Ramamurthy, and Gopalan Sridharan
Nano-Optical Sensors for Explosive Detection
Paul B. Ruffin and Stuart (Shizhuo) Yin