Nanostructured Molecularly Imprinted Sensors for Direct Electrochemical Detection of Analytes

A label-free electrochemical biosensor for direct detection of analytes without any redox mediators.


Florida International University (FIU) is pursuing a business partner interested in developing and commercializing Nanostructured Molecularly Imprinted Sensors for Direct Electrochemical Detection of Analytes. FIU inventors have presented a technique, known as molecular imprinting, for creating specific recognition sites in conducting polymeric matrices that mimics the recognition of biological receptors. Molecularly imprinted polymers are synthetic polymers with highly specific recognition sites, formed during polymerization, in the presence of target analytes and in the subsequent removal of analytes. The target analytes act as templates while the polymer arranges itself around it so that, once removed, the polymer leaves with imprinted molecular cavities within the polymer matrix that enable it to selectively rebind the analytes.

We are looking for a business partner to further develop and commercialize Nanostructured Molecularly Imprinted Sensors as a viable alternative to commercially available techniques and to exploit its business and scientific potential as a label-free electrochemical biosensor that detects analytes without the use of any redox mediators and with enhanced sensitivity of cortisol detection.


The nanostructured label-free electrochemical biosensor can be used for the direct detection of analytes without any external labels/mediators. Also, the biosensor has increased sensitivity of analyte detection by metal nanoparticles.

  • Detects analytes without any need for redox mediators
  • Enhanced sensitivity of cortisol detection
  • Label-free

For additional information about this technology opportunity, please contact Shantanu Balkundi at or by phone at 305-348-0008 and ask about record IP 1433.