NanoBioelectronics and Biosensors Group

Group Leader: Arben Merkoçi

Main Research Lines

  • Catalytic/carrier nanomaterials: Nanoparticles as electrocatalysts, nanoparticles as carriers of biomolecules, and nanowires/nanotubes for non-enzymatic/enzyme mimic sensors
  • Nanomicrofluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies
  • Paper and nanopaper-based nanobiosensors
  • Nanochannels: Nanoporous membranes as electrical sensing platforms
  • Graphene: Biosensors based on graphene-related materials
  • Nanomotors: Self-propelled micro/nanomotors for biosensing and other applications

In 2016 the group became involved in two new projects: INTCATCH to develop nanobiosensors for pollutant monitoring funded under the H2020 programme, and NACANCELL, a EuroNanoMed II project to develop a nanodiagnostic platform for monitoring cancer cell secreted proteins, as project coordinator.

The group continues to make progress in paper- and nanopaper-based platforms, as well as in graphene-based platforms of interest for biosensing and other device fabrication.

Last year one of the group’s doctoral student (Luis Pires) defended their PhD thesis.


Group Leader

Arben Merkoçi


ICREA Research Professor and leader of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, Arben Markoçi obtained his PhD at the Universiteti i Tiranës (Albania) on ion selective electrodes. Since 1992 he has carried out research as postdoctoral fellow and research professor at Polytechnic University of Budapest (Hungary), University of Ioannina (Greece), Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and New Mexico State University.

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