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Nanoenabling electrochemical sensors for life sciences applications

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 August 2017

Paul Galvin
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork T12 R5CP, Ireland
Narayanasamy Padmanathan
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork T12 R5CP, Ireland
Kafil M. Razeeb
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork T12 R5CP, Ireland
James F. Rohan
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork T12 R5CP, Ireland
Lorraine C. Nagle
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork T12 R5CP, Ireland
Amelie Wahl
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork T12 R5CP, Ireland
Eric Moore
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork T12 R5CP, Ireland
Walter Messina
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork T12 R5CP, Ireland
Karen Twomey
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork T12 R5CP, Ireland
Vladimir Ogurtsov
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork T12 R5CP, Ireland
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Electrochemical sensing systems are advancing into a wide range of new applications, moving from the traditional lab environment into disposable devices and systems, enabling real-time continuous monitoring of complex media. This transition presents numerous challenges ranging from issues such as sensitivity and dynamic range, to autocalibration and antifouling, to enabling multiparameter analyte and biomarker detection from an array of nanosensors within a miniaturized form factor. New materials are required not only to address these challenges, but also to facilitate new manufacturing processes for integrated electrochemical systems. This paper examines the recent advances in the instrumentation, sensor architectures, and sensor materials in the context of developing the next generation of nanoenabled electrochemical sensors for life sciences applications, and identifies the most promising solutions based on selected well established application exemplars.

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