Chemical Sensors

  • T. E. Edmonds

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Molecular and Ionic Recognition by Biological Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Molecular and Ionic Recognition by Chemical Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
  4. Implementing Molecular and Ionic Recognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. W. J. Feast
      Pages 117-131
    3. G. G. Wallace
      Pages 132-154
    4. N. J. Seare
      Pages 155-167
  5. Electrochemical Transduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. T. E. Edmonds
      Pages 193-213
    3. B. J. Birch, T. E. Edmonds
      Pages 214-224
    4. I. Robins
      Pages 225-235
    5. R. E. Belford, R. G. Kelly, A. E. Owen
      Pages 236-255
  6. Non-Electrochemical Transduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. S. J. Gentry
      Pages 259-274
    3. A. L. Harmer, R. Narayanaswamy
      Pages 275-294
    4. G. J. Bastiaans
      Pages 295-319
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-326

About this book


At the beginning of this book, and in the absence of guidance from IUPAC, it is appropriate to clarify the term 'chemical sensor'. A chemical sensor may be defined as a simple-to-use, robust device that is capable of reliable quantitative or qualitative recognition of atomic, molecular or ionic species. It is hard to imagine a field of applied chemistry in which a significant impact could not be made by such a device. Undoubtedly, it is this potential that has fuelled the contemporary preoccupation with chemical sensors. An unfortunate side-effect of this otherwise welcome interest is the use of the term 'chemical sensor' to add the chemical equivalent of a 'High-Tech gloss' to a rather ordinary device, publication, conference or research group. This loose usage of terminology is responsible in part for the ambiguity that surrounds many chemists' concepts of the form and function of chemical sensors. Further ambiguity arises from the extravagant claims that have been made for some sensors, and the impression that has been given of much 'verging-on-a-breakthrough' research. The research chemist engaged in sensor development should be mindful of the fact that the ultimate target for these devices is the real world, and that a successful laboratory device operating under well-defined conditions and careful calibration does not constitute a chemical sensor. Research into chemical sensors is not a recent phenomenon; it has been under way for over 80 years.


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Editors and affiliations

  • T. E. Edmonds
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryLoughborough University of TechnologyLoughboroughUK

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-9156-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9154-1
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