[en] Surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based biosensors are very powerful tools for the study of biomolecular interactions, chemical detection and immunoassays. This paper reviews the performance of various SPR structures and detection schemes focusing on propagating surface plasmons generated in planar structures. Some aspects of their surface functionalization, the key element which imparts biofunctionality to these structures and hence transforming them into biosensors, will also be discussed accordingly. The ultimate performance of SPR-based biosensors will thus be determined by both their inherent optical performance and suitable surface functionalization. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Union Européenne = European Union - UE = EU ; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) ; Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) ; Nord-Pas-de Calais and Walloon regions