Ultrastable Plasmonic Bioink for Printable Point-Of-Care Biosensors. Academic Article uri icon


  • Point-of-care biosensors are critically important for early disease diagnosis and timely clinical intervention in resource-limited settings. The real-world application of these biosensors requires the use of stable biological reagents and cost-effective fabrication approaches. To meet these stringent requirements, we introduce a generic encapsulation strategy to realize ultrastable plasmonic bioink by encapsulating antibodies with an organosiloxane polymer through in situ polymerization. Plasmonic nanostructures serve as sensitive nanotransducers, allowing for label-free biochemical detection. The plasmonic bioink with encapsulated antibodies exhibits excellent thermal, biological, and colloidal stabilities making it compatible with printing process. As a proof-of-concept, we demonstrate the printability of the ultrastable plasmonic bioinks on different types of substrates with direct writing techniques. The organosiloxane polymer preserves the biorecognition capabilities of the biosensors under harsh conditions, including elevated temperature, exposure to chemical/biological denaturants, and ultrasonic agitation. Plasmonic biochips fabricated with the ultrastable ink exhibit superior stability compared to the biochips with unencapsulated antibodies.

published proceedings

  • ACS Appl Mater Interfaces

author list (cited authors)

  • Yin, Z. e., Guo, H., Li, Y., Chiu, J., & Tian, L.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Yin, Ze||Guo, Heng||Li, Yixuan||Chiu, Joshua||Tian, Limei

publication date

  • August 2020