Sensors articles from across Nature Portfolio

Sensors are devices that detect and quantify physical aspects of the world around us. The measurement can either be read directly or converted to a signal for processing by electrical, hydraulic or pneumatic systems. Sensors can quantify everything from temperature, light intensity and mechanical stress to salinity, heart rate and blood pressure.

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  • News & Views |

    Quantum sensing that uses electron spins in diamond can perform precise magnetic field measurements but does not work well at high magnetic fields. An alternative approach involving the spins of carbon-13 nuclei can operate in the high-field regime.

    • Norikazu Mizuochi
    Nature Physics 18, 1280-1281
  • Comments & Opinion |

    In 2017 Professor Frances S. Ligler was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for her inventions in portable optical biosensors. Professor Ligler now talks to Nature Chemistry about the challenge of developing new sensor designs into reliable products, and some of the pitfalls to avoid in the development process.

    • Russell Johnson
    Nature Chemistry 14, 480-481
  • Research Highlights |

    Ethylene is a plant hormone that has proved difficult to measure. A new catalytic chemiresistor senses ethylene in the parts per billion regime and can monitor plant senescence.

    • David Schilter
  • News & Views |

    The tumour microenvironment has a specific enzymatic fingerprint, which provides opportunities for cancer therapy. Now, two studies show how this unique chemical environment can be used to produce reporter molecules or nanoclusters within the tumour that can subsequently be identified in urine or breath, enabling cancer detection and monitoring.

    • Alexander N. Zelikin
    Nature Chemistry 12, 11-12