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Nanobiophotonics for medicine of the future

Lead institution: Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i.
CTU institution participating in the project: Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering

Project duration: 2012 – 2018

Biophotonics is one of the fastest-developing fields of science at the present time. It is anticipated that biophotonics will contribute significantly to the formation of a new generation of instruments and methods for medicinal research and diagnostics, and will in this way also contribute to more effective, higher-quality and more sustainable health care. The project deals with fundamental targetted research in the field of biophotonics, with reference to biosensors based on photonic nanostructures. The main fields of research in this project cover research on photonic phenomena on metal nanostructures with surface plasma and new instruments for analysing them on a theoretical basis, and for linking these nanostructures with biomolecules, together with studies of the interactions between biophotonic microstructures and biological samples. The project also includes preparing and experimentally characterizing special nanostructures for new types of biosensors based on Surface Plasma Resonance (SPR) and Surface Enhance Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) for detecting biomarkers of oncohematological ailments.

Center of Excellence for Bioanalytical Technologies

Lead institution: Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i.
CTU institution participating in the project: Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

Project duration: 2012 – 2018
Website: http://www.biocentex.cz

The main aim is to set up a research center to work on new principles, instrumentation and technology for bioanalyses in the biological sciences. One of the tasks of the Center will be to educate young scientists and to formulate new interdisciplinary Ph.D. curricula. Research will be carried out on: microseparation using microfluidics and nanotechnologies with mass spectrometry and laser detection; molecular recognition; advanced feedback control (used in robotics and aviation, but not widely used in bioanalysis); parallel non-contact handling of the formation of  force fields and potential fields. The Center will collaborate with leading partners  abroad. Its work will include organizing CECE international conferences on  bioanalysis www.ce-ce.org. The final aim will be to develop inexpensive lab-on-chip platforms for applications including cancer detection, biomarkers, toxins in food products, and microorganisms from biological weapons.

Content owner: Karel Žebrakovský