NanoBioelectronics and Biosensors

Group Leader: Arben Merkoçi

Arben Merkoçi

ICREA Research Professor

Group Leader

ICREA Research Professor and leader of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, Arben Merkoçi obtained his PhD at the University of Tirana (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). His research is focused on the integration of biological molecules and other species with micro- and nanostructures of interest in the design of novel (bio)sensors.

Prof. Merkoçi is Co-Editor in Chief of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, the principal international journal devoted to research, design development and application of biosensors and bioelectronics, member of editorial board of Electroanalysis, Microchimica Acta and other journals.

Prof. Merkoçi has published 319 articles (H-index / citations: Google Scholar 84 / 23977; WOS 70 / 17682) and supervised 35 PhD theses. He is also involved in teaching PhD courses in the field of nanomaterial-based biosensors in several Spanish and international centres.

He has been a member of the commission for establishing the new Nanoscience and Nanotechnology undergraduate academic curriculum at the UAB, the first one in Spain, which started during the academic year 2010-2011. He is a member of the Academics Working Group of BIST and coordinator of the Nanodiagnostics module of the Nanotechnology Master at the UAB.

He has got several national and international grants related to nanomaterials application in biosensors and his group is collaborating with several worldwide leading labs in the field of nanobiosensors.

Prof. Merkoçi serves also as scientific evaluator and member of panels of experts of various international governmental and nongovernmental agencies (EU-FP and EU-ERC panels and other panels in Europe, USA and other countries), as a scientific committee member of many international congresses, director of several workshops and other scientific events and have been invited to give plenary lectures, keynote and invited speeches in more than 200 occasions in various countries. Prof. Merkoçi is the co-founder of two spin-off companies: GraphenicaLab, devoted to graphene patterning, and PaperDrop, dedicated to clinical diagnostics.












  • Analytical miniaturization and nanotechnologies

    Merkoci, A.; Kutter, J.P. Lab on a Chip - Miniaturisation for Chemistry and Biology; 12: 1915 - 1916. 2012. .

  • Bacterial Isolation by Lectin-Modified Microengines

    Campuzano, S.; Orozco, J. ; Kagan, D.; Guix, M.; Gao, W. ; Sattayasamitsathit, S. ; Claussen, J. C.; Merkoçi, A. ; Wang, J. Nano Letters; 12: 396 - 401. 2012. .

  • Bimetallic Nanowires as Electrocatalyst for Nonenzymatic Real Time Impedancimetric Detection of Glucose

    Mayorga-Martinez, C.C.; Guix, M.; Madrid, R.E; Merkoçi, A. Chemical Communications; 48: 1686 - 1688. 2012. .

  • Cancer detection using nanoparticle-based sensors

    Turner, A.; Merkoçi, A. ; Perfezou, M. Chemical Society Reviews; 41: 2606 - 2622. 2012. .

  • Carbon nanotubes and graphene in analytical sciences

    Pérez-López, B.; Merkoçi, A. Mikrochimica Acta; 179: 1 - 16. 2012. 10.1007/s00604-012-0871-9.

  • Controlled formation of nanostructured CaCO3¿PEI microparticles with high biofunctionalizing capacity

    López-Marzo, A.; Pons, J.; Merkoçi, A. Journal of Materials Chemistry; 22: 15326 - 15335. 2012. .

  • Graphene Oxide as an Optical Biosensing Platform

    Morales-Narváez, E.; Merkoçi, A. Advanced Materials; 24: 3298 - 3308. 2012. .

  • Medium Dependent Dual Turn-On/Turn-Off Fluorescence System for Heavy Metal Ions Sensing

    Aragay, G.; Alarcón, G.; Pons, J.; Font-Bardía, M.; Merkoçi, A. Journal of Physical Chemistry C; 116 (2): 1987 - 1994. 2012. 10.1021/jp210687v.

  • Nanochannels preparation and application in biosensing

    De La Escosura-Muñiz, A.; Merkoçi, A. ACS Nano; 6: 7556 - 7583. 2012. 10.1021/nn301368z.

  • Nanomaterials and lab-on-a-chip technologies

    Medina-Sánchez, M.; Miserere, S.; Merkoçi, A. Lab on a Chip - Miniaturisation for Chemistry and Biology; 12: 1932 - 1943. 2012. .

  • Nanomaterials application in electrochemical detection of heavy metals

    Aragay, G.; Merkoçi, A. Electrochimica Acta; 84: 49 - 61. 2012. .

  • Nanomaterials Based Electrochemical Sensing Applications for Safety and Security

    Marín, S.; Merkoçi, A. Electroanalysis; 24: 459 - 469. 2012. .

  • Nanomaterials for Sensing and Destroying Pesticides

    Aragay, G.; Pino, F.; Merkoçi, A. Chemical Reviews; 112: 5317 - 5338. 2012. .

  • Nanoparticles for Proteins and Cells Detection. Novel Tools for Clinical Diagnostics.

    Merkoçi, A. GIT Laboratory Journal Europe; 2012. .

  • On-chip electrochemical detection of CdS quantum dots using normal and multiple recycling flow through modes

    Medina-Sánchez, M.; Miserere, S.; Marín, S.; Aragay, G.; Merkoçi, A. Lab on a Chip - Miniaturisation for Chemistry and Biology; 12: 2000 - 2005. 2012. .

  • Signal enhancement in antibody microarrays using quantum dots nanocrystals: Application to potential Alzheimer¿s disease biomarker screening

    Morales-Narváez, E.; Montón, H.; Fomicheva, A.; Merkoçi, A. Analytical Chemistry; 84(15): 6821 - 6827. 2012. .

  • Simple Forster resonance energy transfer evidence for the ultrahigh quantum dot quenching efficiency by graphene oxide compared to other carbon structures

    Morales-Narváez, E.; Pérez-López, B.; Baptista Pires, L.; Merkoçi, A. Carbon; 50(8): 2987 - 2993. 2012. .

  • Simple monitoring of cancer cells using nanoparticles

    Maltez-Da Costa, M.; De La Escosura-Muñiz, A.; Nogués, C.; Barrios, L.; Ibáñez, E.; Merkoçi, A. Nano Letters; 12: 4164 - 4171. 2012. 10.1021/nl301726g.

  • Superhydrophobic Alkanethiol-Coated Microsubmarines for Effective Removal of Oil

    Guix, M.; Orozco, J.; García, M.; Gao, W.; Sattayasamitsathit, S.; Merkoçi, A.; Escarpa, A.; Wang, J. ACS Nano; 6(5): 4445 - 4451. 2012. DOI: 10.1021/nn301175b.

  • The use of quantum dots for immunochemistry applications

    Montón, H.; Roldán, M.; Merkoçi, A.; Rossinyol, E.; Castell, O.; Nogués, C. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N,J,); 906: 185 - 192. 2012. .