Our major SCIENTIFIC GOAL is to develop biosensors that my be applied in single or multiple use, for medical, environment, military and food-safety applications, in-situ, employing green materials and approaches. This is an interdisciplinary goal that combines biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mechanics, nanotechnology and/or biomedical topics, in multiple areas such as Bioengineering, Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.
BioMark@UC holds a long and deep core knowledge in PLASTIC ANTIBODY design, which are stable, synthetic, low cost and tailor-made materials capable to capturing selectivity an intended (bio)molecule. This includes from small molecules, as antibiotics or pesticides, to complex glycosylated proteins. The use of cell components and cell studies is also implemented.
BioMark@UC uses ELECTROCHEMISTRY tools to TRANSLATE the biosensor response. Portable and simple optical tools are also employed when associated to PHOTONIC sensing. This photonic sensing includes mimicking nature in nanostructured arrangements that display stable, appropriate and controlled optical properties.
BioMark@UC also hold a long tradition in TRAINING bachelor, master and PhD students from several areas of knowledge, in a multidisciplinary environment, seeking scientific excellency and accuracy, curiosity, creative ideas and production of translational products and concepts.
The research laboratory is inside the Chemical Engineering Department of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra. It is fully equipped to perform organic and inorganic synthesis; synthesises, characterisation and modification of polymeric materials; novel designs for electrochemical and optical biosensors, such as microfluidic devices and/or flexible/renewable substrates; and 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 quite and inspiring environment, ideal for focusing on studying and desktop work.