SensorsSensors are ubiquitous both in the natural world (eyes, ears, noses etc) and in manufactured devices. They lend themselves naturally to nanotechnology as there is usually no inherent benefit to them being large; they can also be designed using ideas borrowed from nature. Nanoparticles, such as noble metal gold nanoparticles, semiconductor quantum dots, magnetic nanoparticles can all be used for sensing. 

Sensors being worked on in the LCN include biological and chemical sensors based on cantilevers, electrochemistry and electron spectroscopy.

Click below for a list of all LCN Researchers & Research Highlights associated with:

Figure: Label-free nanomechanical sensors: speeding up the discovery of new antibiotics to target drug resistant superbugs. [courtesy Rachel McKendry; doi: 10.1038/nnano.2008.275]