The New Generation Quantum SensorsAuthor(s): Haylee Cooper
Process control, pollution monitoring, and point-of-care diagnostics have all driven the development of chemical and biochemical sensors, as well as the advancement of traditional analytical methods. Sensors are being miniaturized, arrays are being parallelized, detection limits are being reduced, and chemo metric techniques are being combined to tackle new areas of analytical applications. The novelty of transduction methods in both biological and chemical sensors has worn off, and the drive for their advancement has slowed after revolutionary advances in optics and electro analytics a few years ago. New techniques for recognizing elements, as well as a need to be able to detect very low concentrations in even the tiniest amounts of materials in order to monitor activities even in cells, have piqued interest in pushing forward to new sensing frontiers.