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Pure Appl. Chem. 76(4), 723-752, 2004

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 76, Issue 4

Biosensors for environmental applications: Future development trends

S. Rodriguez-Mozaz, M.-P. Marco, M. J. Lopez de Alda, and D. Barceló

Department of Environmental Chemistry, IIQAB-CSIC, C/Jordi Girona 18-26,
08034 Barcelona, Spain; Department of Biological Organic Chemistry,
IIQAB-CSIC, C/Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034 Barcelona, Spain

Abstract: Biosensors can be excellent analytical tools for monitoring programs working to implement legislation. In this article, biosensors for environmental analysis and monitoring are extensively reviewed. Examples of biosensors for the most important families of envi-ronmental pollutants, including some commercial devices, are presented. Finally, future trends in biosensor development are discussed. In this context, bioelectronics, nanotechnology, miniaturization, and especially biotechnology seem to be growing areas that will have a marked influence on the development of new biosensing strategies in the next future.

*Plenary lectures presented at the Inaugural Conference for the Southern and Eastern Africa Network of Analytical Chemists (SEANAC), Gaborone, Botswana, 7-10 July 2003. Other presentations are published in this issue, pp. 697-888.


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