Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group

Development of a novel generation of nanomaterials and nanotechnology based bioelectronics sensing platforms.

Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group, led by Prof. Arben Merkoçi. Our group is part of the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology in Bellaterra (ICN2 www.icn.cat) (Barcelona), Catalonia, Spain. We carry out research on the integration of nanotechnology methods, tools and materials into low cost, user friendly and efficient sensors and biosensors. The developed (bio)sensors take the advantages of nanoparticles, nanotubes, graphene, nanochannels and other nanomaterials while being integrated into innovative, high sensitive and mass production platforms with interest for several applications in everyday life.

The main objective of Merkoçi group is to design nanotech devices that can be used even by non professional people for fast diagnostic at home or doctor’s office, control of food quality, safety and security applications where either an emergency exists or an alternative method toward the sophisticated and expensive laboratory instrumentation is being required.

Research and other activites

The research at Merkoçi Group focuses on discovering and technological development of the cutting edge nanotechnology and nanomaterials based simple biosensing platforms by employing and controlling their architectures at both nano and macro scales with the objective to link together nano and macro worlds.

Our group is composed of researchers with backgrounds in chemistry, biotechnology, analytical and physical chemistry, electrochemistry, material science, electronics and other related fields that strongly collaborate together and try to find synergies in developing new nanobiosensors and transfer the developed platforms to industries. Our activities include development and applications of nanobiosensors in health, environment, safety and security fields as well as education and training in the field.

Nanobiosensing materials and platforms
Nanobiosensors applications
Education and media

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Recent publications

20140916 LoC Lourdes and Mariana

Improving sensitivity of gold nanoparticles-based lateral flow assays by using wax-printed pillars as delay barriers of microfluidics

Lourdes Rivas,   Mariana Medina,   Alfredo de la Escosura-Muñiz and   Arben Merkoçi. Lab Chip, 2014, Accepted Manuscript
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20140916 B&B ALfredo and Hassan

Highly Sensitive and Rapid Determination of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Minced Beef and Water using Electrocatalytic Gold Nanoparticle Tags

Abdel-Rahim Hussein Abdel-Azzem Hassan, Alfredo de la Escosura-Muñiz, Arben Merkoçi. Biosensors and Bioelectronics.. In press Available online 16 September 2014
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20140808 B&B ALfredo ALzehimer

Alzheimer′s disease biomarkers detection in human samples by efficient capturing through porous magnetic microspheres and labelling with electrocatalytic gold nanoparticles

Alfredo de la Escosura-Muñiz, Zdeněk Plichta, Daniel Horák, Arben Merkoçi. Biosensors and Bioelectronics
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News

  • 20140730 Michaela leaves

    Michaela’s farewell party!

    After 2 months with us Michaela has to go back to Czech republic. It has been a pleasure to meet you once again. We wish you the best!  

  • 20140728 Dun wei

    New visitor from Taiwan!!

    We are pleased to welcome  Dun Wei Cheng from Taiwan. He will be with us as visiting PhD student for two months. We wish him a very pleasant and nice stay!.

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    19th Transfrontier Meeting of Sensors and Biosensors

    This 19th edition of Transfrontier Meeting of Sensors and Biosensors (TMSB-2014) will bring together researchers from the Euroregion between France and Spain (Catalonia, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyreénées) and surroundings areas with the objective to show the latest…Read More

  • News Recercat

    Article in Recercat about a published work of the group!

            Recercat Magazine in number 97 talks about an article of published work of the group. To read the article: http://www.gencat.cat/economia/ur/butlleti/recercat/web/37489156/37489156_detail_29885715.html

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    International Symposium on Diamond Electrochemistry

                  Prof. ICREA Arben Merkoçi has taken part as invited speaker in the “International Symposium on Diamond Electrochemistry” in Keio University, Yokohama, Japan. 18th and 19th March of 2014….Read More