New Paper in Chemical Communication

New paper in Chemical Communication

Electrogenerated chemiluminescence at boron-doped diamond electrodes

The paper presents Boron Doped Diamond as new electrode for Electrochemiluminescence:

Boron-Doped Diamond (BDD) as an electrode material for ECL which has complementary properties compared to the most common metals (e.g., Au or Pt) and carbon materials (e.g., glassy carbon, carbon nanotubes and graphene). Boron-doped diamond electrodes emerged as novel electrodes, gaining more and more interest from the electrochemical community for their peculiar characteristics such as a wide solvent window, low capacitance, resistance to fouling and mechanical robustness.

Paper: Chemical Communication BDD ECL


Nano-ImmunoEra Fact Sheet

Nano-ImmunoEra Fact Sheet on CORDIS


Training in nanotechnology-based antibody detection

Antibody detection in body fluids can inform clinicians about a person’s encounter with various pathogens as well as the diagnosis of autoimmune or other diseases. However, despite their widespread implementation, serological assays suffer from a lack of sensitivity and specificity, necessitating the continuous research for alternative approaches. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the overarching goal of the Nano-ImmunoEra project is to develop nanotechnology-based biosensors and diagnostic tools for the detection of clinically relevant antibodies. The project primarily involves activities for the training of the next generation of scientists in the field of materials sciences, nanotechnology, molecular biology and biosensors.

Fact Sheet

Meet our secondees Jurre Steens

🌎Meet our secondees: Jurre Steens from 🇳🇱 to 🇮🇹 Nano-ImmunoERA. Jurre will bring his expertise about type III CRISPR-Cas and will work on integration of this technology (🇳🇱 => 🇮🇹)

Jurre obtained a Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology at the Wageningen University, he is currently doing a PhD in the Laboratory of Microbiology in the Bacterial Genetics group of Prof. John van der Oost under the supervision of Asoc. Prof. Raymond Staals and Prof. John van der Oost.

The research focusses on fundamental type III CRISPR-Cas biology with an emphasis on the molecular mechanisms and biochemistry. Besides this, the fundamental knowledge is being leveraged for application in nucleic acid diagnostics. As co-founder and CTO of the Wageningen University spin-off Scope Biosciences, he focusses on bringing point-of-use diagnostics to the market.

In Nano-ImmunoEra he is involved in bringing expertise about type III CRISPR-Cas and will work on integration of this technology into the project.

Meet our secondees Yemataw Addis Alemu

🌎Meet our secondees: Yemataw Addis Alemu from 🇮🇹 to 🇿🇦 Nano-ImmunoERA. Yemataw reserch will be focus on the nanomaterial-based inks electrodes production (🇮🇹 => 🇿🇦)

Yemataw Join Master Degree in Chemical Innovation and Regulation form University of Bologna  and University of Algarve in 2017. The thesis entitled “Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Evaluation of Zinc (II) Complexes with Phenanthroline Derivatives and S-Methyl Dithiocarbazate Schiff Bases “ under the  supervision of Prof. Isabel Cavaco and Prof. Isabel Correia. In 2020, he was granted a PhD scholarship in Chemistry at University of Bologna under the supervision of Prof. Luca Prodi and Prof. Giovanni Valenti.

Yemataw’s research work focused on design, synthesis and characterization of a different family of dye doped-nanoparticles and study of their photophysical and electrochemiluminescence (ECL) properties for bioanalytical applications.