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Type: Journal article
Title: Nanoporous anodic alumina: a versatile platform for optical biosensors
Author: Santos, A.
Kumeria, T.
Losic, D.
Citation: Materials, 2014; 7(6):4297-4320
Publisher: MDPI AG
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1996-1944
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Abel Santos, Tushar Kumeria and Dusan Losic
Abstract: Nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) has become one of the most promising nanomaterials in optical biosensing as a result of its unique physical and chemical properties. Many studies have demonstrated the outstanding capabilities of NAA for developing optical biosensors in combination with different optical techniques. These results reveal that NAA is a promising alternative to other widely explored nanoporous platforms, such as porous silicon. This review is aimed at reporting on the recent advances and current stage of development of NAA-based optical biosensing devices. The different optical detection techniques, principles and concepts are described in detail along with relevant examples of optical biosensing devices using NAA sensing platforms. Furthermore, we summarise the performance of these devices and provide a future perspective on this promising research field.
Keywords: chemical functionalisation; electrochemical anodisation; nanoporous anodic alumina; optical biosensors; optical properties; structural engineering
Rights: © 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
RMID: 0030007638
DOI: 10.3390/ma7064297
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