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SELECTBIO Conferences Point-of-Care Diagnostics & Biosensors Europe 2018

Arben Merkoçi's Biography



Arben Merkoçi, ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Barcelona

Arben Merkoçi is currently ICREA Professor and director of the Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at Institut Català de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2). After his PhD (1991) at Tirana University (Albania), in the topic of Ion-Selective-Electrodes (ISEs) Dr. Merkoçi worked as postdoc and senior researcher/invited professor in the field of nanobiosensors and lab-on-a-chip technologies in Italy, Spain, USA and since 2006 at ICN2. Prof. Merkoçi research is focused on the design and application of cutting edge nanotechnology and nanoscience based sensors to be used as cost efficient globally deployable mobile diagnostics platforms. These nanobiosensors involve integration of biological molecules (DNA, antibodies, cells and enzymes) and other (bio)receptors with micro- and nanostructures/motors and are applied in diagnostics, environmental monitoring or safety and security. He has published around 280 peer review research papers (IF 54), supervised 27 PhD students and has been invited to give plenary lectures and keynote speeches in around 150 occasions in various countries. He is co-founder of two spin-off companies, PaperDrop dedicated to nanodiagnostics and GraphenicaLab to electronic printing.

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Nanobiosensors Design and Applications in Diagnostics

Tuesday, 5 June 2018 at 14:30

Add to Calendar ▼2018-06-05 14:30:002018-06-05 15:30:00Europe/LondonNanobiosensors Design and Applications in DiagnosticsPoint-of-Care Diagnostics and Biosensors Europe 2018 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The NetherlandsSELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com

There is a high demand to develop innovative and cost effective devices with interest for health care beside environment diagnostics, safety and security applications. The development of such devices is strongly related to new materials and technologies being nanomaterials and nanotechnology of special role. We study how new nanomaterials such as nanoparticles, graphene nano/micromotors can be integrated in simple sensors thanks to their advantageous properties. Beside plastic platforms physical, chemical and mechanical properties of cellulose in both micro and nanofiber-based networks combined with their abundance in nature or easy to prepare and control procedures are making these materials of great interest while looking for cost-efficient and green alternatives for device production technologies. Both paper and nanopaper-based biosensors are emerging as a new class of devices with the objective to fulfil the “World Health Organization” requisites to be ASSURED: affordable, sensitive, specific, user-friendly, rapid and robust, equipment free and deliverable to end-users. How to design simple paper-based biosensor architectures? How to tune their analytical performance upon demand? How one can couple nanomaterials such as metallic nanoparticles, quantum dots and even graphene with paper and what is the benefit?   How we can make these devices more robust, sensitive and with multiplexing capabilities? Can we bring these low cost and efficient devices to places with low resources, extreme conditions or even at our homes? Which are the perspectives to link these simple platforms and detection technologies with mobile communication? I will try to give responses to these questions through various interesting applications related to protein, DNA and even contaminants detection all of extreme importance for diagnostics, environment control, safety and security.


Add to Calendar ▼2018-06-05 00:00:002018-06-06 00:00:00Europe/LondonPoint-of-Care Diagnostics and Biosensors Europe 2018Point-of-Care Diagnostics and Biosensors Europe 2018 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The NetherlandsSELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com