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Recent Developments in Biosensors Using Flexible Materials

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Recent advances in flexible materials, such as polymers, papers and textiles, have created new opportunities for healthcare applications. These materials offer a broad range of possibilities especially in biosensing area due to their excellent mechanical properties, portability and biocompatibility. In ...

Recent advances in flexible materials, such as polymers, papers and textiles, have created new opportunities for healthcare applications. These materials offer a broad range of possibilities especially in biosensing area due to their excellent mechanical properties, portability and biocompatibility. In addition, they are widely used for biosensing applications owing to their ease of functionalization. For instance, a thin polyether sheet can be used as a sensor to record electrocardiograms whereas ultrathin polyimide film can be used to non-invasively measure glucose level. These fascinating properties have greatly accelerated the practical applications of flexible materials in diverse biomedical areas.

This Research Topic aims to discuss the recent advances in flexible materials for biosensing applications. Potential subjects include, but are not limited to:
- Flexible materials such as polymers (e.g., polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), polyimide (PI), polycarbonate etc), papers (e.g., cellulose, glass fibers, filter papers etc), and textiles (e.g., clothes, cottons, threads etc)
- Synthesis and characterization of flexible materials for biosensing applications
- Modification and functionalization of flexible materials for biosensing applications. For examples, filter paper was modified with chitosan for nucleic acid extraction while PDMS was coated with antibodies for antigen detection
- Various applications of flexible substrate-based sensors such as disease diagnosis, food safety analysis and environmental monitoring

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