Porous Silicon Electrochemical Biosensors: Performance and Commercial Prospects

  • C. RoyChaudhuri
  • N. Das
Living reference work entry


This chapter reviews the performance of electrochemical biosensors based on porous silicon (PS) substrates and their prospects for commercialization. Different transduction mechanisms have been discussed with emphasis on various issues like nature of PS–metal contacts, orientation of the molecules within the pores, equivalent circuit models, and modulation of electric field lines through the pores and its interface with the biomolecules and ions of the analytes. Critical assessment indicates that sensitivity, reproducibility, and longevity are significantly affected by these factors and not only by the surface-area-to-volume ratio. The mechanisms of metal contact fabrication and surface derivatization have also been briefly discussed. For enhancing the commercial prospects of such sensors, the reliability aspects and recent attempts of integration with microfluidics platform have been outlined. Finally, the existing challenges and the future prospects of such devices for commercial use are highlighted.


Amperometric biosensors Antibody immobilization Conductance biosensor DNA hybridization detection DNA–cDNA interactions Electrolyte insulator semiconductor-based capacitive (EISCAP) structure Glucose sensing Glutaraldehyde and maleimidobutyric acid N-succinimidyl ester (GMBS) Impedance biosensors Microfluidics platform Porous silicon electrochemical biosensors 


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  1. 1.Department of Electronics and Telecommunication EngineeringIndian Institute of Engineering Science and TechnologyHowrahIndia

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