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Final Activity Report Summary - SNIB (Sensor Nanoparticles for Ions and Biomolecules)

Within the Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge project new functional sensor nanoparticles for pH, chloride, oxygen, and drugs were developed. Furthermore, new highly biocompatible polymer materials (dextran, polylactide-co-glycolide, polyacetal) for the design of nanoparticles were evaluated, and enhanced functionality was introduced into the nanoparticles e.g. by using metal cores to give magnetic sensor nanoparticles. Recently, also novel electroconducting materials were developed which can be used in a wide range of organic-electronic devices such as organic light-emitting diodes, organic field-effect transistors and organic solar cells.

Furthermore, in close cooperation with the Research Training Network NASCENT and the Intra-European Fellowship NIR-NanoBioSense, core-shell zeolite and silica nanoparticles were developed and combined with new functional indicator dyes to give sensor nanoparticles for nucleotides and saccharides and to give nanomaterials for drug release.

The fellows of the project took part in two scientific workshops organised in Jena, where they presented their results to an international audience, and they participated in the workshop "Advanced Study Course on Optical Chemical Sensors" which is an ECTS accredited European initiative to establish an education, discussion and contact platform for young researchers working in the field of optical chemical sensors.

All Marie Curie fellows were immediately integrated into the social life and work environment at the University of Jena, because they were fully supported by the host researchers and by the bureau for research transfer of FSU. The fellows learned new scientific technologies and skills in dissemination and presented their results at international conferences and workshops. The fellows successfully transferred their high scientific experience to the host researchers. After the termination of their research work, all fellows immediately found new employment either in Germany or in their home-countries, based on their experience and excellent scientific reputation in the strongly growing research field of smart nanomaterials.

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