Sensitivity Enhancement of Bead-based Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (BEIS) biosensor by electric field-focusing in microwells

Kyeong Sik Shin, Jae Hoon Ji, Kyo Seon Hwang, Seong Chan Jun, Ji Yoon Kang

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This paper reports a novel electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) biosensors that uses magnetic beads trapped in a microwell array to improve the sensitivity of conventional bead-based EIS (BEIS) biosensors. Unloading the previously measured beads by removing the magnetic bar enables the BEIS sensor to be used repeatedly by reloading it with new beads. Despite its recyclability, the sensitivity of conventional BEIS biosensors is so low that it has not attracted much attentions from the biosensor industry. We significantly improved the sensitivity of the BEIS system by introducing of a microwell array that contains two electrodes (a working electrode and a counter electrode) to concentrate the electric field on the surfaces of the beads. We confirmed that the performance of the BEIS sensor in a microwell array using an immunoassay of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in PBS buffer and human plasma. The experimental results showed that a low concentration of PSA (a few tens or hundreds of fg/mL) were detectable as a ratio of the changes in the impedance of the PBS buffer or in human plasma. Therefore, our BEIS sensor with a microwell array could be a promising platform for low cost, high-performance biosensors for applications that require high sensitivity and recyclability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-24
Number of pages9
JournalBiosensors and Bioelectronics
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported mainly by the Open Research Program through the Internal Fund of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology ( 2E25740 , 2E25590 ). It was also supported by the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program of the NRF funded by the Korean government, MSIP ( NRF-2015M3A9E2028888 ), the Industry Core Technology Development Project of KEIT funded by the Korean Government, MOTIE ( KEIT-10060305 ) and a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea ( HI14C3319 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry


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