Biosensors: sense and sensibility

Chem Soc Rev. 2013 Apr 21;42(8):3184-96. doi: 10.1039/c3cs35528d. Epub 2013 Feb 19.


This review is based on the Theophilus Redwood Medal and Award lectures, delivered to Royal Society of Chemistry meetings in the UK and Ireland in 2012, and presents a personal overview of the field of biosensors. The biosensors industry is now worth billions of United States dollars, the topic attracts the attention of national initiatives across the world and tens of thousands of papers have been published in the area. This plethora of information is condensed into a concise account of the key achievements to date. The reasons for success are examined, some of the more exciting emerging technologies are highlighted and the author speculates on the importance of biosensors as a ubiquitous technology of the future for health and the maintenance of wellbeing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biosensing Techniques / economics
  • Biosensing Techniques / instrumentation
  • Biosensing Techniques / methods*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diagnosis
  • Electrochemical Techniques
  • Enzymes, Immobilized / chemistry
  • Enzymes, Immobilized / metabolism
  • Glucose / analysis
  • Humans
  • Molecular Imprinting
  • Nanotechnology
  • Radio Frequency Identification Device


  • Enzymes, Immobilized
  • Glucose