Development of Nanostructured Materials with CBRN Agents Sensing Properties

  • A. Stoilova
  • A. Georgiev
  • D. Nazarova
  • L. Nedelchev
  • D. Dimov
  • P. Petkov
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)


Azobenzene containing polymers are a class of optical materials extensively investigated in the past decade. Due to their possibility to undergo reversible trans-cis-trans photoisomerization cycles and through their attractive photophysical properties, the azopolymers could be used as storage medium in optical devices, as optical switches and sensors, as responsive surfaces for biomedical applications, in polarization holography, and in photonics. The aim of this paper is to summarize the information available in the scientific literature about the possibility to use these materials not only for optical application but also as sensing platforms for the detection of biological agents listed as category A biological weapons. Furthermore, this review attempts to give the readers insights into the difficulties concerning the detection of biological agents within environmental samples as well as to outline the progress and the weaknesses in the development of sensors based on nanostructured materials to help to combat terrorisms.


Nanocomposites Azo polymers Sensors CBRN agents diagnostic 



This work is financially supported by the National Science Fund of Bulgaria, № DN 08/10, 13.12.2016.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Stoilova
    • 1
  • A. Georgiev
    • 1
  • D. Nazarova
    • 2
  • L. Nedelchev
    • 2
  • D. Dimov
    • 2
  • P. Petkov
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Chemical Technology and MetallurgySofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Institute of Optical Materials and Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of ScienceSofiaBulgaria

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