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Semiconductor Device-Based Sensors for Gas, Chemical, and Biomedical Applications

ISBN 9781138075399
Published April 6, 2017 by CRC Press
324 Pages 19 Color & 250 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Sales of U.S. chemical sensors represent the largest segment of the multi-billion-dollar global sensor market, which includes instruments for chemical detection in gases and liquids, biosensors, and medical sensors. Although silicon-based devices have dominated the field, they are limited by their general inability to operate in harsh environments faced with factors such as high temperature and pressure.

Exploring how and why these instruments have become a major player, Semiconductor Device-Based Sensors for Gas, Chemical, and Biomedical Applications presents the latest research, including original theoretical and experimental work. It also explains how these investigations have translated into applications and products.

Written by experts in the field, the chapters review cutting-edge progress on semiconductor and nanomaterial-based sensors. An excellent introduction to the subject, this book is also an outstanding reference for those working on different sensor applications. It addresses various subfields, including:

  • GaN-based sensor arrays for quick and reliable medical testing
  • Optical sensors
  • Wireless remote hydrogen sensing systems
  • MOS-based, thin-film, and nanowire-based sensors

The wide-bandgap semiconductor sensors discussed in this book offer many advantages as replacements for silicon-based sensors, including their high chemical resistance, high-temperature operation, and blue and ultraviolet optoelectronic behaviors. Although assays exist for biomedical detection, they are limited by various factors. Nanomaterial devices, such as the sensors examined in this book, are currently the best option for moving toward fast, label-free, sensitive, and selective multiple-detection systems for biological and medical sensing applications. Providing sufficient background information and technical detail, this is an excellent resource for advanced level undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers in gas, chemical, biological, and medical sensors.

Table of Contents

AlGaN/GaN Sensors for Direct Monitoring of Nerve Cell Response to Inhibitors. Recent Advances in Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Biological and Gas Sensors. Advances in Hydrogen Gas Sensor Technology and Implementation in Wireless Sensor Networks. InN-Based Chemical Sensors. ZnO Thin Film and Nanowire Based Sensor Applications. Bio-Affinity Sensors Based on MOS Field-Effect Transistors. MEMS-Based Optical Chemical Sensors.

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Fan Ren works with the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Stephen J. Pearton works with the University of Florida, Gainesville.


This book provides a missing critical piece in the sensor literature. Until now, a scientist or engineer could only read general-interest books in the sensor area; a practitioner was forced to scour through piles of research articles to find the details on state of the art sensor technology. This work by Pearton and Ren brings together the theory and experimental descriptions of advanced sensor technology in one book. This book is a must have for any engineer or scientist working in the chemical, gas, or biological sensor field. … The editors have written hundreds of excellent research and review articles, and the chapter authors are the preeminent scientists in the sensor field
— Michael Mastro, US Naval Research Lab

Semiconductor sensors are playing an important role in broad range of applications.  This book is edited by two internationally renowned scientists in the field of semiconductors and sensors. This book covers a broad range of wide bandgap semiconductor based sensors. Book chapters are very comprehensive and cover recent developments in the field by leading experts.This book will be an excellent reference volume for experts and new comers of the field. This book is very timely and covers broad topics of international interest.
— Chennupati Jagadish, Australian National University