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Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



(2000), "Internet page", Sensor Review, Vol. 20 No. 2.



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Keywords: PTF, Polymers, Sensors, Biosensors, Optical sensors Project Summary

Found on the NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Web site this project summary gives details of Fabrication of Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Films for Optical Sensors. The specific objectives of this Phase I project are to fabricate high quality molecularly imprinted polymer films based on a non-covalent and a covalent bonding scheme, and to characterise the sensitivity and selectivity of the films as the transduction layer in a surface resonance sensor. These molecularly imprinted materials will have potential commercial applications in miniature, robust optical sensors for use in environmental and chemical applications. - The Application of a Thermal Mechanical Analyzer with a DC Heating Device to Study the Pyrolysis of Polymer Films

This site contains a number of abstracts found on the Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST) Web site. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, Chemistry Division

This informative site gives details of the Naval Research Laboratory Chemistry Division. It currently consists of approximately 100 full-time employees. The primary mission of the Environmental Chemistry and Sensor Chemistry Section is to conduct basic and applied research in chemical sensors and sensor systems which are applicable to specific Navy problems and the Department of Defense in general.

The division has a wide area of expertise in chemical oceanography, chemical sensors, hazardous chemical species detection in air and water, trace analysis, and chemometrics.

Current research projects include: miniaturised chemical sensing for ocean environments, methane hydrates, chemometrics, molecular switching devices, laboratory-on-a-chip, photo-reversible fibre optic ion sensor, maintenance of Very Low Frequency water cooling systems (VLF), workplace environmental monitoring and molecularly imprinted polymers for spectroscopic sensing. Thesis

This is a very informative site containing a thesis on "Thin polymer and phospholipid films for biosensors: characterisation with gravimetric, electrochemical and optical methods" written by Torbjörn Tjörnhage. It is presented in a simple but effective manner which focuses the reader to the subject-matter. There is a complete reference list which is useful for anyone who wishes to find out more about the subject. Foresight Institute

The Foresight Institute is a non-profit making educational organisation formed to help prepare society for anticipated advanced technologies. The Institute's goal is to guide emerging technologies to improve the human condition. It focuses its efforts upon nanotechnology, the coming ability to build materials and products with atomic precision, and upon systems that will enhance knowledge exchange and critical discussion. It is possible to register for a free electronic membership to the Institute and receive a quarterly e-mail update on what is new at this Web site.

The site contains a number of abstracts and full papers. "Langmuir-Schaefer films of poly (o-anisidine) conducting polymer for sensors and displays" is an abstract for a poster to be presented at the 5th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology. The full paper is also available online. Metal-Specific Chemical Sensors Using Polymer Films for Non-Proliferation and Environmental Applications

This site gives details of a project aimed at demonstrating a prototype metal-specific optical-fibre sensor which utilises Berkeley Laboratory patented functionalised polymer technology. The project goal was to establish system characteristics that would achieve the sensitivity and selectivity necessary for monitoring contaminants in aqueous environments. Such a sensor would have application within Department of Environment non-proliferation and environmental waste management programs. of Electronics Technology, Technical University of Budapest

The Department of Electronics Technology was founded in 1964 by Professor RichÄrd Kolos. The Department was established in order to teach and research the different subjects of materials science, physical design and manufacturing technology for the benefit of the telecommunication and instrumentation industry. The Sensors and Actuators Centre conducts investigations into conventional topics like the detection of pressure or temperature and some new ones. These include: the application of polymer films, the application of high temperature superconductive films, and sensors based on optical fibres. The following key research areas are also covered: tin dioxide based gas sensors, non-precious metal based thermoresistors, piezoresistive thick film and polymer thick film pressure sensors, thermopile and thermistor based radiation detectors especially for laser power measurements, distributed RC structures in frequency output temperature sensors, electrochemical gas sensors based on inorganic thick films and polymer membranes.

Hot sites Biomedical and Environmental Sensor Technology (BEST) Centre

The Biomedical and Environmental Sensor Technology (BEST) Centre is an initiative supported by the International Fund for Ireland to provide seed funding for sensor related research activities in Ireland. The BEST Centre has over 70 full-time staff involved in projects as diverse as biomedical devices, bio-materials, novel drug delivery systems, gas sensors, optical and electrochemical sensor development, signal acquisition and processing, development of automated monitoring equipment, remote sensing, materials synthesis and antibody production.

The primary objective of the centre is the promotion of a vibrant biomedical and environmental sensor industry within Ireland through close collaboration between the research groups and industry. The Centre aims to undertake world leading and commercially exploitable research, creating a centre of excellence which will help with the development of high technology sensors. This is a very interesting site. Electrochemical Society

This Web page contains a table of symposia, meetings, conferences and workshops dedicated to sensors. The table begins at the inception of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Sensor Group, now the Sensor Division. The aim of this table is to chronicle the plans and accomplishments of the Sensor Division which was established in 1988.

The Web site contains plenty of information about the Electrochemical Society, which was founded in 1902 and is an international non-profit, educational organisation. It is concerned with a broad range of phenomena relating to electrochemical and solid state science and technology. The focus of the Sensor Division is chemical sensors, with secondary emphasis on bio-sensors, physical sensors, and the processing technology of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS).