Martí-Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme


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Engineering and Architecture

Supervisor name and surname:

Lluis F.Marsal

Supervisor email:

Supervisor short biography

PhD programme:

Technologies for Nanosystems, Bioengineering and Energy

Title of the research project:

Advanced nanostructures for photonic biosensors

Description of the research project:

The performance of a photonic biosensor depends on the photonic structure used. For this reason, we will study several photonic nanostructures and the way to improve their light-matter interaction to enhance the sensitivity and limit of detection. Further improvement
of the biosensors is expected by combining metals - nanostructure and plasmonic effects. From the relationships between geometrical parameters and photonic properties, structures that maximize sensitivity for each type of analyte (proteins, enzimes, bacteria, metal ions, or
drugs) will be obtained, paying special attention to the process of transduction between the
recognition event and the measured optical property (resonance or shift wavelength, interfectometric spectroscopy, surface plasmon renosonace, etc).
A fundamental process in a biosensor is the entrapment and selective detection of the analytes. For this reason, is necessary to determine the chemical properties of the surface providing the highest affinity and selectivity for the target analytes with no interference from the rest of components present in a sample. The objective is to find and formulate the most appropriate functionalization pathways for each type of analyte. The sensitivity and selectivity should be evaluated for the fabricated nanostructures i.e. hybrid nanoporous and photonic structures. The stability of the devices against different samples and under different experimental conditions should be also investigated. One of the most important points planned to be studied is the dynamics of the change of optical properties as a function of time.
Finally, methods for manufacturing several structures in the same substrate have to be developed to produce a polyvalent multisensor platform.
Ethics: This project does not involve ethical aspects.

Workplace location: Campus Sescelades, Tarragona

Gross anual salary:

27103.20 €


Full time

Working hours:

37.5 hours a week

Expected start date:

15 March 2021

European union This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 945413