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Issue 17, 2020
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Stimuli-responsive polymer/nanomaterial hybrids for sensing applications

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Chemical and biological/biochemical sensors are capable of generating readout signals that are proportional to the concentration of specific analytes of interest. Signal sensitivity and limit of detection/quantitation can be enhanced through the use of polymers, nanomaterials, and their hybrids. Of particular interest are stimuli-responsive polymers and nanomaterials due to their ability to change their physical and/or chemical characteristics in response to their environment, and/or in the presence of molecular/biomolecular species of interest. Their individual use for sensing applications have many benefits, although this review focuses on the utility of stimuli-responsive polymer and nanomaterial hybrids. We discuss three main topics: stimuli-responsive nanogels, stimuli-responsive network polymers doped with nanomaterials, and nanoparticles modified with stimuli-responsive polymers.

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07 Apr 2020
29 Jun 2020
First published
03 Aug 2020

Analyst, 2020,145, 5713-5724
Article type
Critical Review

Stimuli-responsive polymer/nanomaterial hybrids for sensing applications

T. Shu, Q. Shen, X. Zhang and M. J. Serpe, Analyst, 2020, 145, 5713
DOI: 10.1039/D0AN00686F

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