Optical Probes and Biosensors for Food Detection: Development and Applications

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Analytical Methods".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 August 2024 | Viewed by 132

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Food & Biological Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
Interests: nondestructive testing; food analytical methods; surface enhanced raman spectroscopy; data mining; chemomtrics

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College of Food Science and Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225127, China
Interests: food ingredient rapid detection technology; sensors

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School of Food Science and Technology, Henan University of Technology, Zhengzhou 450001, China
Interests: food safety and rapid testing; electrochemical sensors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Optical probe is a non-destructive technique that uses light to investigate the quality of food at molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ levels. Because of the importance of optical probes in food analysis, the innovatively designed optical-sensing techniques require a deep understanding of the optical, material, and environmental properties that affect the performance of optical probes. Meanwhile, exploring the interaction between the detection object and the optical probe is also key for optimizing the structure of an optical probe. Thus, many innovative structures along with new design and preparation methods have emerged.

In addition to the structures, many portable instruments can be used to obtain and analyze the signal generated from optical probes, including fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy.

Furthermore, the technology of optical probes is being increasingly and widely applied for monitoring chemical hazardous substances in food, including pesticides, heavy metals, mycotoxins, and veterinary drugs. Meanwhile, harmful microorganisms, such as parasite, fungus, bacteria, and virus, can also be analyzed using optical probes.

This Special Issue aims to publish or summarize the latest findings on optical probes for food analysis.

Dr. Kaiyi Zheng
Dr. Xuechao Xu
Dr. Yiwei Xu
Guest Editors

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  • fiber-optic sensor
  • biological sensor
  • chemical sensor
  • thin film sensor
  • flexible sensor
  • fluorescence spectroscopy
  • raman spectroscopy
  • ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy
  • optical probe for food production monitoring
  • optical probe for hazardous substance detection

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