This course will provide a concise overview of biosensor technology and its application in healthcare, food safety, environmental monitoring and security. Following general introductions highlighting the economic importance and multidisciplinary nature of this rapidly expanding field and the broad applicability of this technology, the lectures and practical exercises will focus on the construction, design and manufacture of biosensors, the principal and emerging materials and components used and three case studies of key devices. The course will give insights into the complexities involved in combining biological materials such as enzymes, antibodies and DNA with optical, electrochemical and other transducers to provide practical and easy-to-use systems. In order to integrate this knowledge and to introduce the importance of intellectual property protection, lectures and a group project will then examine some pivotal biosensor patents and an example of patent litigation. The course will conclude with a consideration of commercialisation routes, ethical issues and future perspectives. The overall target of the course is to give the student a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and applications of biosensor technology together with an appreciation of its current and future impact on society. Following the course, the student should be able to design and construct a simple biosensor, know how to operate a biosensor in the laboratory and have an understanding of the manufacture, commercialisation and use of biosensors for a variety of applications in the real world.
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