Frontiers of Science: Nanomaterials-based biosensors for diagnostics applications


October 11, 2018    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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In Arje Scheinin Auditorium, Dentalia 2nd floor

Prof. Arben Merkoçi, Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia, Barcelona, Spain

Host: Johan Bobacka (

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 WOS 55; GS 65), 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.

Recent publications
Eden Morales-Narváez, Lívia Florio Sgobbi, Sergio Antonio Spinola Machado, Arben Merkoçi, “Graphene-encapsulated materials: synthesis, applications and trends”, Progress in Materials Science, Progress in Materials Science 86 (2017) 1–24

Jie Liu, Eden Morales-Narváez, Jahir Orozco, Teresa Vicent, Guohua Zhong, Arben Merkoçi Bioluminescent Nanopaper for the Fast Screening of Toxic Substances, Nano Research, 2018, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 114–125

Ruslan Álvarez-Diduk, Jahir Orozco, Arben Merkoçia, “Paper strip-embedded graphene quantum dots: a screening device with a smartphone readout”, Scientific Reports, 7, 976, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-01134-3

Nopchulee Cheeveewattanagul, Eden Morales-Narváez, Abdel-Rahim H. A. Hassan, José Francisco Bergua, Werasak Surareungchai, Mithran Somasundrum, and Arben Merkoçi, “Straightforward Immunosensing Platform Based on Graphene Oxide-Decorated Nanopaper: A Highly Sensitive and Fast Biosensing Approach”, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2017, 1702741

Marialuisa Siepi, Eden Morales-Narváez, Neus Domingo, Daria Maria Monti, Eugenio Notomista, Arben Merkoçi, Production of biofunctionalized MoS2 flakes with rationally modified lysozyme: a biocompatible 2D hybrid material, 2D Mater. 4 (2017) 035007

Luis Baptista-Pires, Jahir Orozco, Pablo Guardia, Arben Merkoçi, “Architecting Graphene Oxide Rolled-Up Micromotors: A Simple Paper-Based Manufacturing Technology”, Small, First published: 24 November 2017, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201702746

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