Biosensors for the Detection of Waterborne Pathogens

Helen Bridle*, Marc Phillipe Yves Desmulliez

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This chapter provides an introduction to biosensing technology and reviews the applications for waterborne pathogens. The first sections of the chapter discuss the key performance criteria by which biosensor technology is assessed and summarize the different types of recognition chemistries vital for the specific capture and/or detection of pathogens on the biosensor surface. This part of the chapter also presents a background to biosensors classified under various taxonomies, describing the basic physics underlying their performance. Biosensors can be divided either by recognition element, by signal transduction approach, or by whether detection is performed by direct or indirect methods. Finally, biosensors can also be categorized into sensors operating in batch (intermittent) and continuous (monitoring) mode. The next sections of the chapter focus on reviewing the types of biosensors applied to the different types of waterborne pathogens. The chapter focuses on technologies already applied to waterborne pathogens or on techniques that offer significant potential in this area. The final section of the chapter discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using biosensors for waterborne pathogens.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWaterborne Pathogens
Subtitle of host publicationDetection Methods and Applications
EditorsHelen Bridle
Number of pages41
ISBN (Print)9780444595430
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Biosensors
  • Electrical
  • Mass-sensitive
  • Optical
  • Performance criteria
  • Recognition elements
  • Waterborne pathogens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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