Periodic Reporting for period 2 - TWINFUSYON (Twinning for Improving Capacity of Research in Multifunctional Nanosystems for Optronic Biosensing)
Reporting period: 2017-04-01 to 2018-12-31
The TWINFUSYON project unites 4 partner-institutions Masaryk University, CEITEC – Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC MU, Czech Republic), CNR-NANOTEC (Italy), Linz University (JKU, Austria), and CNRS-LNCMI (France) under a unique mission to seek opportunities in the development of nanotechnologies, new materials and structures with intelligent surfaces and exceptional mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical and biological properties to develop novel design of an optronic biosensor.
The TWINFUSYON aim was to strengthen, to the highest European level, CEITEC MU scientific excellence and innovation capacity in emerging multifunctional two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides materials and heterostructures coupled with plasmonic nanosystems for a novel generation of label-free non-invasive optronic biosensing by harmonising integration of expertise in nanomaterials synthesis, characterization at nanoscale, nanofabrication technologies, theory and modelling development, design of biosensors, which are the building blocks to innovate biosensing devices.
Furthermore, several high-profile joint training events were organized. International workshop entitled New Frontiers in linear and Non-linear Optical Spectroscopies and Microscopies for chemo- and bio-sensing took place in Italy, International Winterschool on New Developments in Solid State Physics was held in Austria, EMFL school in France and last but not least a workshop called Advances in Single-Molecule Research for Biology & nanoscience taking place in Linz and the other.
The joint project results were presented at number of international conferences, e.g. at International Symposium on Nanophysics and Nanoelectronics, Nizhny Novgorod, AVS 64th International Symposi & Exhibition, Florida, International Symposium on Modern Optics and Its Applications, Indonesia, 14th Biennial Conference on High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction and Imaging “XTOP 2018”, Italy and many others. TWINFUSYON project was also presented at various occasions in Czech or Slovak Ministry or at REA (Coordinator´s Day) as examples of good practice. Last but importantly, the consortium placed emphasis on dissemination of TWINFUSYON activities as well as the project as a whole among wider public via active participation at Researcher’s Night, open days and other events for public.
The collaborative links created in within the 1st repoting period were further reinforced within the 2nd period. The novel partnership within TWINFUSYON have expanded the research profile of CEITEC towards novel research directions in current condensed matter physics, notably in 3D Dirac semimetals in cooperation with LNCMI-CNRS, in graphene and related materials and their biofunctionalisation in cooperation with CNR-NANOTEC and in plasmonics and new model analysis in cooperation with JKU. These new collaborations and networks importantly advanced CEITEC towards becoming an internationally acknowledged excellent research institution with increasing research and innovation potential of the South Moravian region in the Czech Republic, which aims to become one of the innovation hubs of Europe.
The social relevance of TWINFUSYON lies also in the establishment of a consolidated scientific and technical platform in the area of multifunctional nanomaterials for biosensing that can be exploited in various fields of food safety, security, environmental monitoring and life science, for a healthier society and for generating interest of companies with activities in the field of biosensing with consequent open opportunities of jobs for the trained young scientists.