Introduction to biosensors

Nikhil Bhalla, Pawan Jolly, Nello Formisano, Pedro Estrela

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

797 Citations (SciVal)
772 Downloads (Pure)


Biosensors are nowadays ubiquitous in biomedical diagnosis as well as a wide range of other areas such as point-of-care monitoring of treatment and disease progression, environmental monitoring, food control, drug discovery, forensics and biomedical research. A wide range of techniques can be used for the development of biosensors. Their coupling with high affinity biomolecules allows the sensitive and selective detection of a range of analytes.
We here give a general introduction to biosensors and biosensing technologies, including a brief historical overview, introducing key developments in the field and illustrate the breadth of biomolecular sensing strategies and the expansion of nanotechnological approaches that are now available.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalEssays in Biochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

Special volume "Biosensor technologies for detection of biomolecules" (Ed: P. Estrela)


  • Biosensors
  • Electrochemical biosensors
  • Optical biosensors
  • Acoustic biosensors
  • Affinity reagents
  • Pregnancy test
  • Glucose sensor
  • Nanomaterials


Dive into the research topics of 'Introduction to biosensors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this