Optochemical Nanosensors

Andrea Cusano, Francisco J. Arregui, Michele Giordano, Antonello Cutolo

November 20, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 621 Pages - 8 Color & 359 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439854891 - CAT# K12556
Series: Series in Sensors


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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.