BioMark sensor Research, University of Coimbra
Our research group is aimed at developing biomimetic structures (such as photonic structures, molecularly imprinted polymers and other plastic antibodies) towards the development of biosensors that include transdisciplinary concepts of electrochemistry, optical processes, solar cells, among others. Thus, we ambition to be able to apply our work in the medical and industrial sectors in multiple areas such as Bioengineering, Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.
We are also focused on the improvement of structural and (multi-)functional properties of the currently available materials, favouring green chemistry or even the use of biomaterials found in nature themselves without thorough processing.
Our scientific range has recently been expanded to cell culture, engineering of micro-environments to control cell behaviour and organization, as well as new biosensors for detection of cells or their products, which may be clinically exploited.
We are also dedicated to train master and PhD students in a multidisciplinary environment, seeking scientific excellency and accuracy, curiosity, creative ideas and production of translational products and concepts.
The research laboratory is inserted in the Chemical Engineering Department of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Coimbra University. It is fully prepared to perform organic and inorganic synthesis; synthesize, characterize and modify polymeric materials; create novel designs for electrochemical and optical biosensors, such as microfluidic devices; and is equipped with printing systems of high resolution for different substrates.
Planned to ensure safe cell culture handling, equipped with safety cabinet class II, laminar flow chambers, and control of temperature, humidity and CO2 for cell growth.
Outside the laboratory area, the office is designed for a calmer and more silent environment, ideal for focusing on studying and desktop work.