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Nanosensor developments in some European universities

Connolly, Christine (2008) Nanosensor developments in some European universities. SENSOR REVIEW, 28 (1). pp. 18-21.

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Purpose - This paper sets out to highlight selected projects in nanosensor research, demystify the technology and show potential applications in engineering fields. Design/methodology/approach - Nano devices for sensing humidity and oxygen concentration are presented with applications in industrial monitoring. Then two approaches to the development of high-density optical memory are given. Next, a miniature flow cytometry system is described for the identification of marine micro-organisms and bacteria. Finally, photonic crystal structures with the ability to control and manipulate light are addressed. Findings - ``Nano'' is currently a popular term, with a mass of publications in this area. Many universities have set up specialised centres for nanotechnology research. Crystalline materials with shape-selective nanopores can be designed to detect particular chemicals. Successful nanosensors are sensitive, simple, fast and low-cost. Originality/value - This paper helps the general engineer to appreciate some aspects of nanotechnology. References to recent publications allow engineers to follow up their interests.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:optical instruments; flow measurement; industrial performance; crystals
Subjects:Analytical Science > Nanotechnology for sensing and actuating
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Material Science > Nanochemistry
ID Code:1247
Deposited By:Anuj Seth
Deposited On:15 Dec 2008 16:26
Last Modified:19 Jan 2009 11:11

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