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. Fundamentals of Optical Chemical Sensors. Optical Chemical Sensors: A View Back. Photoluminescent Nanosensors. Cantilever-Based Sensors. Nanostructured Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensors. Fiber-Optic Nanosensors. Lab on Fiber Technology and Related Devices. Micro/Nanofibers for Biochemical Sensing. Optofluidic Sensors. Lab-on-Chip Nanostructured Sensors for Chemical and Biological Applications. Photonic Crystals as Valuable Technological Platform for Chemical and Biological Nanosensors. Nano-Materials and Nano-Structures for Chemical and Biological Optical Sensors. Linear and Nonlinear Spectroscopy at Nano Scale. Plasmonic Nanostructures and Nano-Antennas for Sensing. Overcoming Mass-Transport Limitations with Optofluidic Plasmonic Biosensors and Particle Trapping. Optical Micro-Ring Resonators for Chemical Vapor Sensing. Nano-Optical Sensors for the Detection of Bioterrorist Threats. Nano-Optical Sensors for Food Safety and Security. Multifunctional Fiber-Optic Nanosensors for Environmental Monitoring. Nano-Optical Sensors for Virology. Nano-Optical Sensors for Explosive Detection.
Andrea Cusano, Francisco J. Arregui, Michele Giordano, Antonello Cutolo