Biosensors for effective environmental and agrifood protection and commercialization: From research to market

Viviana Scognamiglio, Gianni Pezzotti, Ittalo Pezzotti, Juan Cano, Katia Buonasera, Daniela Giannini, Maria Teresa Giardi

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Abstract

Biosensors are projected to find many applications due to their high selectivity and sensitivity, rapid reaction, economy and ease of handling in field measurements. Even though biosensors for a wide range of environmental pollutants have been extensively reported in the literature, the decision to develop a suitable biosensing system that can be approved by a regulatory perspective for environmental applications is fraught with technical issues. These issues mainly concern the biological recognition element, the physico-chemical transducer and the interfaces between the biological and the physical components, but also aspects of fluidics, electronics, and software for data processing. This article reviews methods together with a process to move biosensor technology from research laboratories to market, focusing as a case in point on challenges and possible opportunities in the development of photosynthetic-based biosensors for environmental applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-225
Number of pages11
JournalMicrochimica Acta
Volume170
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Analytical methods
  • Biosensor market
  • Biosensor platform
  • Electro-optical transduction systems
  • Environmental monitoring
  • In field analyses
  • Photosynthetic organisms
  • Pollutants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry

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Scognamiglio, V., Pezzotti, G., Pezzotti, I., Cano, J., Buonasera, K., Giannini, D., & Giardi, M. T. (2010). Biosensors for effective environmental and agrifood protection and commercialization: From research to market. Microchimica Acta, 170(3), 215-225. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00604-010-0313-5