NanoBioelectronics and Biosensors

Group Leader: Arben Merkoçi

Main Research Lines

  • Catalytic/carrier nanomaterials: nanoparticles as electrocatalysts, nanoparticles as biomolecule carriers, 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

Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications

In 2017 the group has continued to work on two large ongoing projects. The first, INTCATCH, is a project to develop nanobiosensors for pollutant monitoring funded under the European H2020 research and innovation framework programme. The second, NANCANCELL, is a EuroNanoMed II project coordinated by Prof. Merkoçi to develop a nanodiagnostics platform for monitoring cancer cell-secreted proteins.

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

This year four students defended their PhD theses: Alejandro Zamora, Andrzej Chalupniak, Bentolhoda Heli and Jie Liu.


Group Leader

Arben Merkoçi

ICREA Research Professor

ICREA Research Professor and leader of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, Arben Merkoçi obtained his PhD at the Universiteti i Tiranës (Albania) in ion selective electrodes. Since 1992 he has carried out research as postdoctoral fellow and research professor at the 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 (USA).

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