Special Issue "Single-Molecule Biosensing: Recent Advances and Future Challenges"

A special issue of Biosensors (ISSN 2079-6374). This special issue belongs to the section "Nano- and Micro-Technologies in Biosensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 40

Special Issue Editor

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, China
Interests: single-molecule detection; single-molecule imaging; biosensors; nanosensors; nucleic acids; enzymes; quantum dots
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sensitive and accurate detection of interested biomolecules greatly contributes to both fundamental biomedical research and practical clinical applications. Single-molecule detection is a state-of-the-art bioanalysis technology, and it provides the ultimate sensitivity for the detection of low-abundance targets. Superior to the conventional bioanalysis method that measures the ensemble average, single-molecule detection can probe individual molecule information; it possesses the distinct advantages of ultrahigh sensitivity, low sample consumption, and visualization capability; and it can efficiently avoid interferences from stochastic signal fluctuation and varied reaction conditions. The development of single-molecule biosensing technologies has emerged as a hot topic in recent years, and it provides a powerful tool for the efficient detection of rare analytes in complex biological and clinical samples.

For this Special Issue, we welcome original research papers and reviews on current advances in the design of single-molecule biosensing systems based on single-molecule fluorescent, plasmonic, electrochemical, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopic detection and their applications in the detection of DNAs, RNAs, proteins, enzymes, and other biomolecules. Single-molecule detection-related theoretical research and device developments are also encouraged. The applications of single-molecule detection-based platforms for in vivo imaging and point-of-care detection of clinical disease biomarkers is of special interest. Reviews should provide an in-depth examination of the most recent research in a specific context or discuss the future challenges related to single-molecule detection.

Prof. Dr. Chunyang Zhang
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • single-molecule detection
  • biosensor
  • diagnosis
  • biomarker

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