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January 2016


Trends in SensorTechnology 2016

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”

Niels Bohr


Wireless technology -

it is safe to say that the development of sensors

linked to mobile phone technology will continue, but there will be a rationaliza-

tion in the plethora of apps sometime soon


Microfluidics -

a technology which has not fulfilled its promise yet but is

slowly beginning to move from the lab to the market; uncertainty surrounding

Theranos may inhibit wider adoption


Multiplex technology -

sensors and sensor platforms which can either adapt

to different analytes, or can simultaneously measure a number of things will be

a continuing trend; the days of the single analyte sensor maybe behind us


Technology platforms -

electrochemical and optical technology continue

to dominate market applications. Impedance sensors which gained a lot of

academic interest in 2015 do not seem to have gained a market foothold, yet.

SERS technology is now firmly established in commercially available instrumen-



Application areas -

healthcare dominates applications with remote patient

monitoring, diabetes, and infectious diseases being at the forefront of new de-

velopments. PoC technology has gained the support of leading medical device

companies, so despite concerns about its viability, is likely to survive

Michael Brand |

Editor |



Materials science

- including biomaterials, hybrids of bio and polymer chem-

istry, new types of stimuli responsive materials that are under-pinning a move

towards futuristic ‘bioinspired’ sensing platforms that will incorporate advanced

biomimetic functions (self-diagnostics, self-repair, self-assembly, autonomous

smart movement to pre-programmed locations, multi-functional…)

Dermot Diamond,

Professor, Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University