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Biomimetic sensor design

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Detection of desired target chemicals in a sensitive and selective manner is critically important to protect human health, environment and national security. Nature has been a great source of inspiration for the design of sensitive and selective sensors. In this mini-review, we overview the recent developments in bio-inspired sensor development. There are four major components of sensor design: design of receptors for specific targets; coating materials to integrate receptors to transducing machinery; sensitive transducing of signals; and decision making based on the sensing results. We discuss the biomimetic methods to discover specific receptors followed by a discussion about bio-inspired nanocoating material design. We then review the recent developments in phage-based bioinspired transducing systems followed by a discussion of biomimetic pattern recognition-based decision making systems. Our review will be helpful to understand recent approaches to reverse-engineer natural systems to design specific and sensitive sensors.

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The article was received on 08 Aug 2015, accepted on 07 Oct 2015 and first published on 09 Oct 2015

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5NR05226B
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Citation: Nanoscale, 2015,7, 18379-18391
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    Biomimetic sensor design

    J. H. Lee, H. Jin, M. S. Desai, S. Ren, S. Kim and S. Lee, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 18379
    DOI: 10.1039/C5NR05226B

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