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 Professor and head of Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at ICN2 (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia). He obtained his PhD at the University of Tirana working on ion selective electrodes. Since 1992 he has been doing research as postdoctoral fellow and research professor at Polytechnic Univ. of Budapest, Univ. of Ioanina, Univ. degli Studi di Padua, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona and New Mexico State Univ. His research is focused on the integration of biological molecules and other species with micro- and nanostructures with interest for the design of novel (bio)sensors. Prof Merkoçi has been awarded the IAAM Medal 2011 and Nano Award-2013 for outstanding research in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology by the International Association of Advanced Materials. He has published more than 200 articles and supervised around 20 PhD theses.

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Highlighted Publication

Nanopaper as an Optical Sensing Platform
Morales-Narváez E., Golmohammadi H., Naghdi T., Yousefi H., Kostiv U., Horák D., Pourreza N., Merkoçi A. ACS Nano (2015)

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