10-12.07.2015 Innovation Convention

Nanodetector has been selected for the FutureFlash! Best project Competition at the incoming Euronanoforum 2015 in Riga, Latvia. We will be in the demo area from the 10th to the 12th of June with a working Nanodetector machine to showcase its functionalities and capabilities, you will have the opportunity to see, touch and explore the innovative in the detector and its revolutionary approach for detection and analysis of single nanoparticles in complex environment.

06.02.2014 Innovation Convention

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will host the 2nd Innovation Convention in Brussels on March 10 and 11, 2014.

Already established as Europe’s leading innovation event, the Convention will bring together a unique gathering of world-class visionaries and innovators, including CEOs from some of Europe's top companies, young innovators and net-entrepreneurs, such as the founders of Prezi and Storify.

It will explore innovation in all its facets and cover a variety of themes with more than 2000 visitors expected to attend to hear a range of speakers including: the CEOs of Telefonica, Jaguar Landrover, Airbus, Bayer, Nokia, Safran Group and Sanofi Aventis, Nobel Prize winner Serge Haroche, Professor Athene Donald from Cambridge and Lord Patten from Oxford, among many others.

Join the innovation debate and register for free on the event website: http://www.ec.europa.eu/euic2014

29.01.2014 Second NanoSafety Cluster Newsletter

NanoSafety Cluster Newsletter, January 2014

This issue brings you (among other items):

  • news of the NanoTox 2014 Congress
  • the draft agenda for the NSC meeting
  • news of the NSC Compendium 2014
  • updates from the Cluster Working Groups
  • items from NanoDefine, NanoREG, FutureNanoNeeds eNanoMapper NanoFORCE and NanoHOUSE NanoTOES, NanoEIS
  • NanoValid, NanoDetector and QualityNano
  • a Special Feature: 'On Board the Graphene Flagship'
  • project publications, project meetings - including the joint QualityNano, NanoFATE and NanoMILE meeting and training events
  • key conferences and congresses of interest to the wider community.

29.11.2013 Public workshop in Senftenberg

Public workshop “Detection of Nanoparticles” will be held on 29.11.2013 at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg.

Agenda of workshop As a poster

01.-02.07.2013 Technical meeting in Prague

All partners were present. During the meeting all aspects of the project development were discussed. Strong attention was paid to the development of optical part of the device and software for image analysis. It was decided that the first version of the optical part will be tested in Senftenberg at the end of September. The next meeting is planned for November 27-29, where in last day of that meeting a public workshop will be organized.

18.-20.06.2013 EuroNanoForum 2013 Dublin (Ireland)

The project “NANODETECTOR” was presented and led to intensive discussions on possible collaborations and applications.

11.-12.06.2013 Meeting of Software-partners in Senftenberg

ISAS, MIVITEC and LUAS have participated. During the meeting different filtration procedures and algorithms for image analysis were discussed and compared. It was decided to write a simple software for comparison of image recognition by human eyes and by the developed software. The local newspapers have published the following press releases on this meeting (in German):

http://www.lausitz-branchen.de/branchenbuch/2013/07/01/forschungsprojekt-NANODETECTOR/

http://www.lr-online.de/regionen/senftenberg/Forscher-Team-entwickelt-ein-neues-Messverfahren-fuer-Nanopartikel;art1054,4261378

31.03.2013 Deliverable D 6.1

The general design of the sample delivery and waste collection fluidic system was developed. The system has to fulfil specific requirements: leak-free fluidic path, minimal absorption of nanoparticles, accurate and repeatable sample delivery rate, free of gas bubbles and cross contamination, several reservoirs, temperature stabilisation, corrosion- and clog-resistant, ease of operation and monitoring, replaceable elements. Based on the design requirements and the availability of commercial parts the layout of the system was developed. The assembly, design and performance of the individual components and their functional interaction were carefully tested. The results provided confidence in the subsystem reliability performance, particularly regarding key concerns of sample delivery repeatability, bubble-free and leakage-free, as well as sample cross contamination.

The planned system has high flexibility and modular design and can be adapted and

connected with other detection devices.

10.-13.03.2013 German Biosensor Symposium (Wildau, Germany).

Dr. S. Nizamov (LUAS) and co-worker of Dr. Zybin (ISAS) reported new measurement possibilities based on surface plasmon resonance which allow to carry out two-wavelengths SPR-imaging and detection of sub-wavelength objects.

28.02.2013 Deliverable D 2.1

This deliverable is the first part of theoretical studies that allow us to quantify and qualify the physics governing the nanoparticle image formation of the device developed within the project. For this reason the interaction of the surface plasmon polariton (SPP) waves with single nanoparticles and an array of nanoparticles was studies by analytical and numerical analysis to model their behaviour. SPP waves are caused by the coupling of the incident electromagnetic wave to the electrons oscillating in the metal and propagate at the interface of a metal and a dielectric. When a nanoparticle is present at the path of the SPP propagation, the SPP decouples locally and changes the spatial profile of the reflected beam. When we map the reflected beam, we observe this change as a local increased in intensity (i.e. the spot). The parameters influencing the nanoparticle image were investigated: sensor configuration, size and refractive index of nanoparticles, an array of nanoparticles, proximity to the metal surface.

28.02.2013 Deliverable D 3.1

This deliverable describes the concept of mechanical and optical structure for the construction of a laboratory NANODETECTOR-prototype. The main units are: light source and illumination optics, prism and gold layer, flow cell and fluidics, imaging optics and camera, data acquisition and device control and image processing and visualization software. The coordination, interaction and communication between the units consider specific requirements of the device to characterize the particles of interest and the experience acquired with the laboratory set-up. The technical specification fixes the parameters which should be achieved in the prototype and describes possible optimizations and controlling possibilities of most important working parameters of NANODETECTOR for the reliable function and optimal performance of the prototype. During the further development and implementation of prototype, some points of the concept can be improved or modified, assuming that it does not deteriorate the prototype performance.

28.02.2013 Deliverable D 4.1

Samples of engineered metal and protein nanoparticles have been selected for the development of receptor layers for the NANODETECTOR technology of visualization of single nanoparticles. The project team discussed several aspects and points of view. A list of priority ENPs was established taking into account the technical and scientific importance of particular classes of ENPs, the estimated detection capability of NANODETECTOR technology and last but not least the interests of the participating SME end-users. Nanoparticles from Ag, Au, TiO2, other metal oxides (Fe3O4, CeO2), iron alloys and copper, polystyrene and protein were chosen. This selection is preliminary because our measurement technology is under development and its limitations are still unknown. Moreover, it is planned to share some reference materials and test samples among the measurement technology developing projects of this call.

28.02.2013 Deliverable D 8.1

The characteristics of the gold coated layer on glass slides have a strong influence on the sensitivity respectively the signal to noise ratio of the NANODETECTOR device. Therefore the coatings characteristics “uniform and optimal thickness” and “low roughness” of the gold layer were improved by varying and selecting the appropriate sputtering deposition parameters and glass cleaning procedures. For monitoring the process optimisation of cleaning and sputtering several surface characterising technologies were tested and applied. Several modifications of gold coated glass slides were inspected for their suitability concerning optimal SPR measurements and chemical functionality. As a result the cleaning procedure removes particles and impurities which could influence the detection of nanoparticles. The selected sputtering conditions allow for optimal roughness of the coatings, best lateral thickness uniformity and a minimum gold consumption.

27.02.-01.03.2013 2nd QNano Integrating conference “Quality in nanosafety assessment – driving best practice and innovation”

The NANODETECTOR project was presented by a poster to disseminate details about the project as well as to find new partners.

10.-11.01.2013 Technical meeting in Geneva (Switzerland)

All partners were present. After 7 months time to run first results were presented, setup and specification of the device were defined and several subjects concerning cooperation with other projects, IP- and commercial aspects were discussed. The Project Officer explained the Commission’s requirements to the consortium.

30.11.2012 Deliverable D 11.1

During the first months a project website was set up which will be periodically updated. It is a useful tool for external and internal communication. During the project meetings all participants get periodic information and instruction what’s new at the website.

It consists of a public and a private part. All software used for the website and internal functions is OpenSource.

The public part gives a brief description of the project and the measurement principle, names the participants and some important links and contact details and documents the scientific project progress and dissemination activities for the public.

The private part allows secure communication between project members in a closed area. There are various sections for internal discussion, tracking of changes, internal e-mails, file exchange and more addressing scientific as well as administrative subjects. The website is hosted in the secure data centre infrastructure operated by MIVITEC in Munich. Because of using its own infrastructure, high security of the data is provided.

30.08.2012 Meeting of technological partners in Dortmund (Germany)

During the meeting a general design of NANODETECTOR device was discussed. This includes a choice of optical scheme, image sensor (CCD/CMOS) video-chip, communications between the chip and computer, type of microcontroller, shape and dimensions of the complete device, position of the sensor chip. During the meeting a demonstration of the laboratory set-up in ISAS was performed.

17.06.2012 press release “Europäisches Forschungsprojekt wird von der Lausitz aus koordiniert” (Lausitzer Rundschau)

14.-15.06.2012 Kick-off-meeting in Senftenberg (Germany)

All partners were present. At their first meeting the consortium members introduced their expertise and experience in the project related fields and presented the workpackages. Discussions on the physics of the effect and ideas for image analysis initiated first steps in the development of the innovative measurement technology. As a guest, the Project Technical Advisor attended the meeting.