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Bally, M; Vörös, J (2009). Nanoscale labels: nanoparticles and liposomes in the development of high-performance biosensors. Nanomedicine, 4(4):447-467.

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Technology for the detection of biological species has generated considerable interest in a variety of fields including healthcare, defense, food and environmental monitoring. In a biosensor, labeled specific binding partners are used to emit a detectable signal. Owing to their unique properties, nanomaterials have been proposed as a novel label category and have led to the development of new assays and new transduction mechanisms. In this article, the role of three major types of nanoscale labels (metallic, semiconductor and liposome nanoparticles) in the development of a new generation of optical, electrochemical or gravimetric biosensors will be presented. The underlying transduction principles will be briefly explained and assay strategies relying on the use of these 'nanolabels' will be described. The contribution to increased assay performance and sensitivity will be highlighted. Approaches towards simple, cost efficient and sensitive assays are essential to meet the demands of a growing number of applications.


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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:16 Dec 2009 16:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:39
Publisher:Future Medicine
Publisher DOI:10.2217/nnm.09.16
PubMed ID:19505247

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