Silicon carbide: A versatile material for biosensor applications

Alexandra Oliveros, Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Stephen E. Saddow

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Silicon carbide (SiC) has been around for more than 100 years as an industrial material and has found wide and varied applications because of its unique electrical and thermal properties. In recent years there has been increased attention to SiC as a viable material for biomedical applications. Of particular interest in this review is its potential for application as a biotransducer in biosensors. Among these applications are those where SiC is used as a substrate material, taking advantage of its surface chemical, tribological and electrical properties. In addition, its potential for integration as system on a chip and those applications where SiC is used as an active material make it a suitable substrate for micro-device fabrication. This review highlights the critical properties of SiC for application as a biosensor and reviews recent work reported on using SiC as an active or passive material in biotransducers and biosensors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-368
Number of pages16
JournalBiomedical Microdevices
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Biointerfaces
  • Biomaterial
  • Biosensors
  • Silicon carbide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology


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