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Issue 4, 2003
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Stimulus-sensitive hydrogels and their applications in chemical (micro)analysis

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In this tutorial review the use of stimulus-sensitive hydrogels as sensors and actuators for (micro)analytical applications is discussed. The first part of the article is aimed at making the reader familiar with stimulus-sensitive hydrogels, their chemical composition and their chemo-physical behavior. The prior art in the field, that comprises a number of sensors ranging from metal ion-sensitive sensors to antigen-sensitive sensors and a few actuators, is also treated in this part. The second part of the article focusses on the use of stimulus-sensitive hydrogels for microsensors and microactuators as well as their application in micro total analysis systems. The benefits of stimulus-sensitive hydrogels, their miniaturisation and the use of 365 nm UV-photolithography as a fast economical manufacturing technique are discussed.

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15 Oct 2002
23 Jan 2003
First published
07 Feb 2003

Analyst, 2003,128, 325-331
Article type
Tutorial Review

Stimulus-sensitive hydrogels and their applications in chemical (micro)analysis

H. J. van der Linden, S. Herber, W. Olthuis and P. Bergveld, Analyst, 2003, 128, 325
DOI: 10.1039/B210140H

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