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Biosens Bioelectron. 2013 Aug 15;46:15-21. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2013.02.002. Epub 2013 Feb 26.

Label-free biosensor based on an electrical tracing-assisted silicon microring resonator with a low-cost broadband source.

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  • 1Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 11 Science Park Road, Singapore Science Park II, Singapore 117685, Singapore.


We present a novel biosensor based on an electrical tracing-assisted silicon dual-microring resonator sensor system. The dual-microring system comprises one microring resonator as a sensing element and the other microring resonator integrated with an electrical controller as a tracing element. The resonance wavelength shift of the sensing microring induced by the refractive index change due to antigen-ligand bindings is traced and determined by direct voltage applied to the electrical tunable tracing microring. The sensor system enables the use of a low-cost broadband light source instead of a bulky and expensive tunable laser, which allows the development of cost-effective point-of-care diagnostic devices by significantly reducing the device cost and increasing its portability. The sensing capability of the developed dual-microring sensor was investigated using biotin-streptavidin binding as a model system. We have demonstrated the quantitative detection of streptavidin over a broad range of concentrations down to 190 pM by monitoring the electrical power applied to the tracing ring. We have also validated the sensing principle of the dual-microring system by a direct comparison between the calculated and measured values for the resonance wavelength shift of the sensing microring. Furthermore, we have shown the quantitative and specific detection of a well-known breast cancer biomarker, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), in a bovine serum albumin solution using the antibody-modified dual-microring sensor system.

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