On the one hand, particle-based sensing techniques are driven by new technologies for preparing and measuring micro- and nanoparticles and by a fascination of the possibilities for design and functionalization, of all specificities in structure shapes and behavior of these tiny objects. On the other hand, there evolves a fast-growing need for new sensing and communication paths for medicine, biotechnology, and analytical science, as well as for new and efficient information transfer and storage systems. No longer are particles regarded only as special types of materials. However, we have a better understanding of how they are bridging the gap between material and system, between structure and function.
Although that there are numerous books on micro- and nanoparticles and on sensors, there is, to the best of my knowledge, no book focusing on the general concept of particles as mobile microtransducers. This book clarifies that signal-transducing particles should be regarded as functional elements, as part of a system, not simply as special materials. It introduces concepts of bead-base sensing and “mobile spies” at the micro- and nanoscale and gives a representative overview of the variety of particle-based sensing. The state of the art in the development of particles as mobile spies for communication and information management allows us to speculate about future particle-based components and systems in a completely sustainable world economy. In addition, the book reports on a fast-evolving technical field, which is a typical example of the required convergence of technical strategies and mechanisms in living nature, and would make a great reference for professionals and students of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, pharmacy, medicine, agriculture, mechatronics, informatics, materials science, and systems engineering.
- General view of particle-based sensing
- Reflection of the state of the art (recent literature overview)
- Introduction to the principles of particles with transducer functions by text and graphs
- Tables giving a fast orientation on examples for particle-based signal conversion and sensing
Challenge of Sensing
Technical Concept: Particle-Based Sensing
Optical Solutions: Synthesis and Applications of Optical Sensor Particles
Particle-Based Longer-Wavelength Electromagnetic, Magnetic, and Electrostatic Transduction
Construction Types and Preparation of Sensor Particles
Application of Sensor Microparticles as “Mobile Spies” in a Technical Environment and in Living Systems
Living Models: Particle-Based Sensing and Communication in Nature
Visions: Particles in Future Technical Communication Systems