BioMark sensor Research, University of Coimbra
Nanostructured devices assembled with nanomaterials for a wide range of purposes, including medical, environmental and food-safety use. Devices include 2D nanostructures, nanotubes, nanostars, hollow nanoshells, among others, some with conductive properties, tailored in the nanoscale dimensions, for analytical or delivery purposes. Transduction is of electrochemical or optical nature.
Design and fabricate biomimetic systems that mimic physicochemical, mechanical and biological features of natural systems. These include plastic antibodies, through molecularly imprinted polymer technology for biosensing; photonic crystals for colorimetric sensing ; and nanoimprinted surfaces.
Assemble (bio)sensors with biocompatible, renewable, biodegradable and/or environmentally friendly materials, considering their availability in the ecosystem. Having flexible materials/biosensors for point-of-care use and safe disposal is intended, especially when they are of single use.
Devices can be constructed to analyse a wide variety of cell-produced biomolecules, such as nucleic acids, proteins, or vesicles, and also include cell studies, which brings lab research closer to the natural tissue environment.