Bioelectronic Nose: An Emerging Tool for Odor Standardization

Manki Son, Ji Youn Lee, Hwi Jin Ko, Tai Hyun Park

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Odors are perceived differently as a function of individual human experience, and communicating about odors between individuals is therefore very difficult. There is a need to classify and standardize odors, but appropriate tools have not yet been developed. A bioelectronic nose mimics human olfaction and detects target molecules with high sensitivity and selectivity. This new tool has great potential in many applications and is expected to accelerate odor classification and standardization. In particular, a multiplexed bioelectronic nose can provide complex odor information using pattern recognition techniques, and could even reproduce odors via an integrated olfactory display system. We expect that a bioelectronic nose will be a useful tool for odor standardization by providing codes for odors that enable us to communicate odor information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-307
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017

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  • bioelectronic nose
  • human olfactory receptor
  • odor standardization
  • olfactory display system


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