Nanosensors: a review of recent progress

Nanosensors: a review of recent progress Purpose – This paper seeks to consider recent nanosensor developments and the various routes to market through reference to companies which are commercialising these products. Design/methodology/approach – This paper initially discusses nanosensor markets and applications. It then illustrates progress in commercial exploitation by considering a number of nanosensor companies and their products. Findings – This paper shows that the commercialisation of nanosensors is still in its infancy but a range of products is now reaching the market. In addition to probes for atomic force and scanning probe microscopy, which presently comprise the bulk of the market, innovative biosensors, gas and chemical sensors are having a growing impact. Many of the supply companies are US‐based with strong links to universities and have frequently raised significant venture finance and subsequent funds from government agencies involved with defence, homeland security and healthcare. Several of the world's large, high‐technology companies are also pursuing nanosensor developments. Originality/value – This paper provides an insight into the present‐day state of nanosensor commercialisation and gives examples of nanosensor companies and their products. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sensor Review Emerald Publishing

Nanosensors: a review of recent progress

Sensor Review, Volume 28 (1): 6 – Jan 25, 2008

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0260-2288
DOI
10.1108/02602280810849965
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper seeks to consider recent nanosensor developments and the various routes to market through reference to companies which are commercialising these products. Design/methodology/approach – This paper initially discusses nanosensor markets and applications. It then illustrates progress in commercial exploitation by considering a number of nanosensor companies and their products. Findings – This paper shows that the commercialisation of nanosensors is still in its infancy but a range of products is now reaching the market. In addition to probes for atomic force and scanning probe microscopy, which presently comprise the bulk of the market, innovative biosensors, gas and chemical sensors are having a growing impact. Many of the supply companies are US‐based with strong links to universities and have frequently raised significant venture finance and subsequent funds from government agencies involved with defence, homeland security and healthcare. Several of the world's large, high‐technology companies are also pursuing nanosensor developments. Originality/value – This paper provides an insight into the present‐day state of nanosensor commercialisation and gives examples of nanosensor companies and their products.

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Sensor ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 25, 2008

Keywords: Sensors; Carbon; Materials handling; Markets

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