Special Issue "Chemo- and Biosensors for Security and Defense"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2015)
Dr. Michael G. Weller
Head of Division 1.5, BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Richard-Willstaetter-Strasse 11, 12489 Berlin, Germany
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Interests: multiplexed biosensors; biochemical detection of explosives; quantitative protein analysis; affinity enrichment
Explosives, chemical weapons, and biological agents are a permanent menace in many countries around the world. Although various traditional methods exist to detect those hazards, they often are slow, expensive, unwieldy, lab-based, and usually lack sufficient sensitivity and selectivity, thus rendering them impracticable. The development of innovative detection methods for such agents is therefore one of the major challenges in modern analytical sciences.
In this Special Issue, we would like to focus on approaches which are based on the selective interaction of biochemical or chemical binders, such as antibodies, enzymes, aptamers, DNA and RNA in general, PNA, peptides, molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs), and the like.
Technologies, such as surface-plasmon resonance (SPR) sensors, surface-acoustic wave (SAW) sensors, quartz crystal microbalances (QMB), microcantilevers, other microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), fluorescence and chemiluminescence-based sensors, test strips, lateral flow assays, microarray biosensors and other multiplexed approaches, µ-total analysis systems (µ-TAS), lab-on-a-chip systems, and nanosensors are transducer platforms of interest for this issue. Technologies that deal with biological hazards, such as amplification-based assays utilizing polymerase chain reaction (PCR), rolling-circle amplification or loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) embedded in a sensor system, are also of substantial interest.
Dr. Michael G. Weller
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- chemical warfare
- biological weapons
- biological warfare
- homeland security
- improvised explosive device
- land mines
- public safety
- airport security
- security of mass transportation