Status and perspectives of ion track electronics for advanced biosensing

D. Fink, H. Gerardo Muñoz, L. Alfonta, Y. Mandabi, J. F. Dias, C. T. De Souza, L. E. Bacakova, J. Vacík, V. Hnatowicz, A. E. Kiv, D. Fuks, R. M. Papaleo

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New multifunctional ion irradiation-based three-dimensional electronic structures are developed for biotechnological applications, specifically for sensing of biomaterials, bacteria and mammalian cells. This is accomplished by combined micrometric surface and nanometric bulk microstructuring of insulators (specifically of polymer foils and SiO2/Si hybride structures) by adequate ion beams. Our main goal is the production of a cheap small universal generic working platform with multifunctional properties for biomedical analysis. Surface engineering of this platform enables cell bonding and its bulk engineering enables the extraction of cell secrets, for the sake of intercepting and analyzing the biomolecules used in cell communication. The exact knowledge of the spectrum of these cell-secreted signalling molecules should enable one to identify unambiguously the cell type. This knowledge will help developing strategies for preventive quorum sensing of bacteria, with the aim of fighting bacterial infections in an ecologically secure way.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanodevices and Nanomaterials for Ecological Security
EditorsYuri Shunin, Arnold Kiv
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameNATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics
ISSN (Print)1874-6500


  • Bacteria
  • Biomolecules
  • Biosensors
  • Cells
  • Etching
  • Ion tracks
  • Microbeams
  • Polymers
  • Quorum sensing
  • Signalling molecules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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