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Sensory Biofuel Cell for Self-Sustained Glucose Sensing in Healthcare Applications for Diabetes Patients

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Pratyush Rai, Jining Xie, Vijay K. Varadan, Thang Ho, Jamie A. Hestekins

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Paper No. NEMB2010-13029, pp. 5-6; 2 pages
  • ASME 2010 First Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology
  • ASME 2010 First Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology
  • Houston, Texas, USA, February 7–10, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME Nanotechnology Council
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4392-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3866-2
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In biosensor design, sensor for blood-glucose-level detection is one of the elementary concepts. Many research groups have reported opto-electro-mechanical and biomimetic techniques for glucose sensing based on nanomaterials. (1) However, the popular commercialized techniques involve drawing blood samples and in-vitro processing. An implantable sensor requires energy source for operation with wire in-out provision for acquiring power and sending signals. Needless to say, the limitation for such a glucose sensor is alimentary rather than elementary. The problem requires innovative design to develop sustainable ensemble of bio-energy harvesting, sensing and telemetry components. The study, reported in this article, is directed towards developing a sensor-fuel cell technology with the potential of miniaturization for implants. The device design is a combination of nano-engineered composites and flexible thin film processing to achieve high density packaging. Of which, the end goal is simultaneous generation-transmission of sensory signals and production of energy.

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