BioSense Institute, Center for Sensing Technologies, Serbia

Center for Sensing Technologies is a research unit at the BioSense Institute that focuses on the development of state-of-the-art sensors for applications in agriculture, food and environmental monitoring, including electronic, microwave, optical, magnetic, biological and chemical sensors of various parameters related to agri-food chain.

Key personnel:
Dr Nikolina Jankovic

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, BioNanophotonic Systems Laboratory, Switzerland

BioNanophotonic Systems Laboratory at EPFL is addressing the challenges to have new biosensors that can allow study of biological phenomena to enhance our fundamental understanding of living entities and also point-of-care diagnostic tools for emerging personalized and global healthcare applications. The lab works on interdisciplinary projects employing physics and engineering toolboxes, such as nanophotonics, metamaterials, nanofabrication, micro/nanofluidics, together with biology and chemistry. The cutting edge nanophotonic devices developed by the laboratory enable ultra-sensitive spectroscopy and biosensing technologies for real-time, label-free and high-throughput detection. In parallel, the lab is specialized to investigate novel nanophotonic effects and newly discovered low dimensional materials such as graphene to introduce new biosensing schemes.

Key personnel:
Prof. Hatice Altug

University of Birmingham, Metamaterial research group, United Kingdom

Metamaterial research group at the University of Birmingham is working on fundamental researches of metamaterials, including electromagnetic ones from microwave, terahertz to optical frequencies and also has been active in developing acoustic or elastic metamaterials. The group composes of a mixed combination of both theorists and experimentalists, including staff, postdoctoral researchers and students for collaboration of ideas.

Key personnel:
Dr. Miguel Navarro-Cia

University of Texas at Austin, The Metamaterials & Plasmonic research laboratory, USA

The Metamaterials & Plasmonic research laboratory at University of Texas at Austin is an interdisciplinary research laboratory which span over a broad range of technical areas, including applied electromagnetics, nano-optics and nanophotonics, microwave, THz, infrared, optical and acoustic metamaterials and metasurfaces, plasmonics, nonlinearities and nonreciprocity, cloaking and scattering, acoustics, optical nanocircuits and nanoantennas.

Key personnel:
Prof. Andrea Alu

The Australian National University, Nonlinear Physics Centre, Australia

The Australian National University (ANU) is the top University in Australia and one of the top 50 in the world. Nonlinear Physics Centre at ANU is a multidisciplinary center focusing on photonics technologies, metamaterials, quantum photonics, and biophotonics.

Key personnel:
Prof. Yuri Kivshar
Prof. Dragomir Neshev

The City University of New York, Advanced Science Research Center, USA

Advanced Science Research Center at The City University of New York is the leader in scientific research of vital, real-world consequence. ASRC is a 200,000 square-foot facility, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five of the most energized areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

Key personnel:
Prof. Andrea Alu

Plasmore, Italy

Plasmore is a small spin off of the University of Pavia and the Joint Research Centre of the European Community in Ispra (JRC). PLASMORE has been working since its incorporation in the field of nanostructure fabrication for Plasmonics and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). Plasmore’s expertise ranges from the development and production of nanostructured surfaces for improving the detection sensitivity of biomolecules in iSPR systems to the development, production and engineering of portable imaging biosensing devices. Specific skills ranges from optics and material science, nanofabrication to biomedical engineering, informatics, electronics, microfluidics and imaging systems.

Key personnel:
Prof. Franco Marabelli

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

Biophysics and medical physics group of the Faculty of Physics of the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” consists of physicists, chemists and biophysicists. The group has various expertise including optics, optical and electrochemical sensors, surface plasmon resonance, atomic absorption spectroscopy, nonlinear optics and quantum electronics, and their research is strongly supported by laboratories that feature characterization and fabrication equipment, and support electrochemical and optical investigations of biosensors.

Key personnel:
Dr Lilia Vladimirova – Mihaleva