Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks

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Molecular Communication for Wireless Body Area Networks

  • M.  D. Nashid Anjum
  • Honggang WangEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32903-1_152-1



Body Area Network


Body Area Nanonetwork


Body Area Nanonetwork


Molecular Communication


Internet of Nano Things


Wireless Body Area Network


A wireless body area network (i.e., WBAN) generally consists of a central hub (i.e., base station) and a number of lightweight, low-powered, miniature, wearable sensors that operate in the proximity of a human body. Typically, it is located on the body, garment, underneath the skin, or deep into the tissue (Cavallari et al., 2014; Anjum and Wang, 2016). WBAN is also known as a wireless body sensor network (WSN) or simply a body area network (BAN). On the contrary, a molecular communication (i.e., MC) system is an in-body BAN which consists of bio-nanomechanics such as biosensors and bio-actuators where the data transmission between the transmitter and receiver nanomachines is carried on by the encoded molecules (Cavallari et al., 2014; Nakano et al., 2012; Akyildiz et al., 2008). MC for WBAN is also...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Massachusetts DartmouthNorth DartmouthUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Honggang Wang
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Massachusetts DartmouthNorth DartmouthUSA