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Issue 5, 2010
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Microcantilever-based platforms as biosensing tools

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Abstract

The fast and progressive growth of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields forces the development of new and powerful sensing techniques for process optimization and detection of biomolecules at very low concentrations. During the last years, the simplest MEMS structures, i.e. microcantilevers, have become an emerging and promising technology for biosensing applications, due to their small size, fast response, high sensitivity and their compatible integration into “lab-on-a-chip” devices. This article provides an overview of some of the most interesting bio-detections carried out during the last 2–3 years with the microcantilever-based platforms, which highlight the continuous expansion of this kind of sensor in the medical diagnosis field, reaching limits of detection at the single molecule level.

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Submitted
28 Apr 2009
Accepted
10 Dec 2009
First published
13 Jan 2010

Analyst, 2010,135, 827-836
Article type
Minireview

Microcantilever-based platforms as biosensing tools

M. Alvarez and L. M. Lechuga, Analyst, 2010, 135, 827
DOI: 10.1039/B908503N

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