Nanosensors based on polymer vesicles and planar membranes: a short review

J Nanobiotechnology. 2018 Aug 30;16(1):63. doi: 10.1186/s12951-018-0393-7.


This review aims to summarize the advance in the field of nanosensors based on two particular materials: polymer vesicles (polymersomes) and polymer planar membranes. These two types of polymer-based structural arrangements have been shown to be efficient in the production of sensors as their features allow to adapt to different environment but also to increase the sensitivity and the selectivity of the sensing device. Polymersomes and planar polymer membranes offer a platform of choice for a wide range of chemical functionalization and characteristic structural organization which allows a convenient usage in numerous sensing applications. These materials appear as great candidates for such nanosensors considering the broad variety of polymers. They also enable the confection of robust nanosized architectures providing interesting properties for numerous applications in many domains ranging from pollution to drug monitoring. This report gives an overview of these different sensing strategies whether the nanosensors aim to detect chemicals, biological or physical signals.

Keywords: Nanosensor; Planar membrane; Polymer; Polymersome; Sensor; Vesicle.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biosensing Techniques / methods*
  • Electrochemistry
  • Enzymes, Immobilized
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Molecular Structure
  • Nanostructures / chemistry*
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Polymers / chemistry*
  • Spectrum Analysis


  • Enzymes, Immobilized
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Polymers