WP2 - Nanostructures - Nanostructured electrodes for biofuel cells and sensing

Leader - Prof. Marcin Opa││o
vice-leader - Dr. Martin J÷nsson-Niedziˇ│ka
Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Reinforcing the scientific potential of the Department of Electrode Processes (DEP) at IPC PAS in the area of nanostructured electrodes as a crucial element of advanced biofuel cells and electrochemical sensors. Further identifying of research paths in the nanomaterials development area potentially attractive for the development of advanced biofuel cells and electrochemical sensors. Connecting DEP with top quality research centres in the nanomaterials development area to gain insight into new material developments and spreading the knowledge to those groups about potential applications of their output in biofuel cells and sensors.


Task 2.1 Transfer of knowledge and experience through twinning and networking (visits)
The European partnership will enable strengthening of co-operation in the field of bioelectrocatalysis and biosensing and microfluidic electrochemical sensors. Through collaboration we strengthen our research in new electrode materials and electrode characterisation. Thus, it will make possible to bring new quality in devising of new bio- or chemosensors.
In order to upgrade the DEP - IPC PAS research potential, two-way mutual secondments between DEP - IPC PAS and four different experienced European scientific organizations will be implemented in the following subjects:
- Nanoparticle modified electrodes, electrochemical reactions in microfluidic devices.
- Surface modification with nanomaterials, sensor development
- Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy for studying of nanostructured electrodes. The development of new methodologies and studying of newly prepared films.
Twining agreements will be signed between IPC PAS and the following academic research institutions:
1. Department of Chemistry, University Bath (UB-DoC), Bath, United Kingdom, Dr Frank Marken, (Nanoparticle modified electrodes, electrochemical reactions in microfluidic devices).
2. Institute of Interdisciplinary Research, University of Lille (IRI) 1, Lille, France, Prof. Sabine Szunerits, (Surface modification with nanomaterials, sensor development).
3. Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (UOL-IRAC), Oldenburg, Germany, Prof. Dr. Gunther Wittstock (Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy for studying of nanostructured electrodes. The development of new methodologies and studies of newly developed materials).
4 Department of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh,(SoC-UEDIN), Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Prof. Eleanor E.B. Campbell (Preparation of carbon nanotubes modified surfaces by direct growth).
Task leader: Dr. Joanna Niedziˇ│ka-J÷nsson

Task 2.2 Recruitment of two experienced researchers
In order to strengthen research capabilities and human potential of DEP - IPC PAS in the field of
nanomaterial science one researcher will be recruited for a total of 24 months. His/her expertise will help us to develop new quality of research. She/he would join our running research projects, deliver lectures and seminars for the staff and PhD students of IPC PAS, participate in training of young researchers, schools as well as develop new quality of research.
The applicant is expected to be an experienced active researcher with track-record of research achievements in nanomaterial science, microscopic and spectroscopic imaging. Experience in electrochemistry is not required.

Furthermore, one Polish scientist returning from the United States will be hired for a period of 24 months. Dr Wojciech Nogala is currently working in the lab of Prof. Michael V. Mirkin at Queens College in New York. He has agreed to take up position in the DEP if the project is financed. Dr Nogala is a leading expert in Scanning Electochemical Microscopy and will be working with the investigation of nanostuctured electrodes at a microlevel. He is currently working on single molecule detection and kinetics and will be a valuable asset for transferring these skills back to Poland.
Task leader: Dr. Ewa Rozniecka

Task 2.3 Formation of independent research groups by young researchers
Formation of an independent research group formed under the leadership of young researchers, supported by an experienced advisor, into increasing research potential of IPC PAS for development of a nanomaterial science platform in IPC PAS.
Task leader: Prof. Marcin Opallo

Task 2.4 Facilitation of participation of the IPC PAS researchers in international scientific conferences
At least 4 international congresses, conferences and symposia will be targeted.
Task leader: M.Sc. Katarzyna Szot

Task 2.5 Organization of 9th ECHEMS Meeting, May-June 2013
ECHEMS is a new international series of small (50-80 participants) meetings aimed at promoting the use and development of electrochemistry as a powerful tool to study scientific problems in hot areas of current research. One of the primary goals is to organize conferences every year. Until now six successful meeting were organized in Spain, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, France and Denmark. Members of LEP are actively participating in these meetings and Prof Marcin Opallo this year became a member of ECHEMS board. Therefore 9th ECHEMS Meeting is planned in Poland. The proposed subject is "Nanostructure for biofuel cells and electrochemical sensing".
Expected date: May-June 2013.
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