Principles of Chemical and Biological Sensors

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



(2000), "Principles of Chemical and Biological Sensors", Sensor Review, Vol. 20 No. 2.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

Principles of Chemical and Biological Sensors

Principles of Chemical and Biological Sensors

Chemical Analysis, Vol. 150D. Diamond (Ed.)John Wiley & Sons, Inc.1998358 pp.ISBN 0-471-54619-4$98.95

Keywords: Biosensors

Principles of Chemical and Biological Sensors is written for a wide audience and is suitable for those in the fields of chemistry, biology, physics and electronics. The book is a good introduction to the topic and discusses concepts and ideas rather than vast quantities of complicated science and mathematical principles.

Chapter 1 gives an overview of the subject and introduces sensors and transducers, chemical and bio-sensors and sensor arrays. Ion-selective electrodes and optodes are then discussed in chapter 2 and address potentiometry, types of ISEs and selectivity. Amperometric methods of detection are introduced in the following chapter.

Chapter 4, biomaterials for biosensors, covers enzymes, antibodies, biomolecules and cell-based and DNA/RNA-based sensors. The fifth chapter discusses a range of optical chemical sensors. The final two chapters cover miniaturised chemical sensors and sensor signal processing, respectively. Topics discussed include: mass-sensitive and microamperometric sensors, sensor arrays, smart sensors, continuous-time-domain filtering, discrete-time signals, convolution and digital filters.

Overall this is a good introductory text, although it might have been beneficial for the author to have omitted some of the sub-sections. Unfortunately the final 13 or more pages are missing and are replaced by half of a previous chapter.