Special Issue "Microbial Biosensors for Environmental Monitoring"

A special issue of Biosensors (ISSN 2079-6374). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosensor and Bioelectronic Devices".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Hideaki Nakamura
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Guest Editor
Department of Liberal Arts, Tokyo University of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Interests: microbial biosensors; yeast, BOD; toxicuty; soil; mediator
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The microbial biosensor makes it possible to measure the analyte as a quick, simple, and convenient method. Since Dr. Isao Karube (1942–2020) succeeded in the practical use of the first microbial biosensor for biochemical oxygen demand monitoring in 1983, many kinds of microbial biosensors for environmental monitoring have been studied and developed. To date, various improvements have been made to microbial biosensors in terms of, e.g., sensitivity, reproducibility, stability, specificity, and portability. Especially in the last decade, new and improved techniques have successfully been applied to microbial biosensor developments such as 3D printing for chip/cell/array or device fabrication, genetic engineering for microbial modification, materials science for microbial immobilization or signal detection, new techniques for transducer development, etc.

On the other hand, the global environment is becoming worse year by year, including climate change due to global warming. If we want humanity to survive, we have an obligation to transform our world—which is why in 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit adopted “The 2030 Agenda” and “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. In this agenda, there are several goals that microbial biosensors are able to contribute to achieving, such as “conservation of water and soil resources”, “preservation of food safety”, etc. Thus, the scope of this Special Issue includes the topics listed below:

  • Application to environmental water or wastewater monitoring;
  • Application to estimate soil environment or bioremediation;
  • Application to agriculture, aquafarming, or aquaponics;
  • Micro/nanotechnology and novel materials applied to microbial biosensors;
  • Novel designs of chip/cell/array for microbial biosensors;
  • Novel instrumentation systems for microbial biosensors;
  • New solutions applied in microbial biosensors;
  • Interdisciplinary study leading to microbial biosensor development.

This Special Issue aims to highlight the most recent advances of microbial biosensors and participate in the development of microbial biosensors for SDGs efforts toward 2030. Research papers, short communications, and critical reviews are all welcome. If the author is interested in submitting a critical review, it would be helpful to discuss this with the Guest Editor before your submission.

Dr. Hideaki Nakamura
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • microbial biosensor
  • microbial fuel cell
  • environmental monitoring
  • field analytical devices
  • on-site
  • wastewater
  • soil
  • biochemical oxygen demand (BOD)
  • toxicity
  • heavy metal
  • mediator
  • biochip
  • sustainable

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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