Reviewed by Stanislav Trashin
K Honeychurch eds.
The book addresses one of the most exciting and viral topics of the science – the use of nanomaterials for chemical sensors. Every chapter is written by distinguished scientists and gives a comprehensive and up-to-date review of a particular direction of the field, also including an easy to read introduction and conclusion with future trends. These sections help to get insight into the presented concepts especially for students entering the field. Despite its title, the book also includes an overview of synthesis and handling of nanomaterials. This practically useful layer of the contents will be of interest to researchers who wish to know difference between nano-materials synthesized in different ways or tune materials for a particular purpose.
The book is divided in two parts related to electrochemical and optical sensing strategies. Apparently, it is also divided in sections related to analysis in liquids or gases. There might be an impression that a useful material for a particular research group is very limited. However, all chapters include a well-written overview of concepts regarding preparation of nanomaterials or nanostructured interfaces and their characteristics, which is obviously of interest for researchers working in any of the topics. However, the structure of the book could be better by avoiding some repetitions in different sections, keep focus, and help reach material of particular interest. Some of the sections consider a broad context (i.e. “Chemical and biological sensing with carbon nanotubes”) and other in contrast are very narrow (i.e. “Nanoparticle modified electrodes for trace metal ion analysis”) as expected for review papers that should have been published in a refereed journal.
A noteworthy chapter “Interfacing cells with nanostructured electrochemical sensors for enhanced biomedical sensing” seems to be exclusive in reviewing such surging and innovative subject. Furthermore, it was a pleasant surprise to find in the book a chapter describing detection of nanoparticles, which is not directly related to sensors enhanced by nanomaterials.
In conclusion, the book covers many topics, also including very specific ones. It’s hard to imagine that one research group might be interested in all included topics but at the same time each group digging in the field of sensors enhanced by nanostructured materials will definitely find a well-prepared overview related to its work. Meanwhile, this impressive book can be also recommended as a textbook or a reference for a course related to nano-bio-electrochemistry and nano-biosensors.
University of Antwerp, AXES Research Group, Antwerp, Belgium