WP3 - Chemo- and biosensors - molecular imprinting

Leader - Prof. Włodzimierz Kutner
vice-leader - D.Sc. Iwona Flis-Kabulska
Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Task 3.1 Transfer of knowledge and experience through twinning and networking (visits)
The European partnership will enable strengthening of co-operation in the field of molecular imprinting by electropolymerization, mimicking biological recognition, determination of biologically relevant compounds, and preventing of food contamination. Hence, it will enable the creation of a new better quality in devising of novel bio- or chemosensors.
In order to upgrade the LMF IPC PAS research potential, there will be mutual secondments implemented between LMF IPC PAS and the following academic research institutions:
(a) Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, University of Milan (UM), Milan, Italy.
(b) Institute of Molecular Science, University of Bordeaux 1 (UB), Bordeaux, France.
(c) Department of Electrochemistry and Conducting Polymers, Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (L-ISSMR), Dresden, Germany.
(d) Department of Engineering, Faculty of Technology, De Montfort University (DMFU), Leicester, United Kingdom.
Task leader: Dr. Krzysztof Noworyta and Dr. Iwona Flis-Kabulska

Task 3.2 Recruitment of one experienced researcher
In order to strengthen research capabilities and human potential of LMF IPC PAS in the field of chemical sensors, one experienced researcher will be recruited for a total of 24 months. His/her expertise will help us to upgrade our scientific level in determination of biologically significant compounds and improve properties of the MIP films.
A successful applicant is expected to be an active researcher with a track record of significant research achievements in electrochemistry, polymer science, microscopic imaging, XPS as well as FTIR and Raman spectroscopy, and chemical sensing.
Task leader: M.Sc. Ievgen Obraztsov

Task 3.3 Formation of independent research groups by young leader researchers
Contribution of an independent research group formed by young researchers, supported by an experienced advisor, into the research potential of LMF IPC PAS for the development of a nanomaterial science platform in IPC PAS.
Task leader: Prof. Wlodzimierz Kutner

Task 3.4 Facilitation of participation of the LMF IPC PAS researchers in international scientific conferences
At least three international congresses, conferences, and symposia will be attended.
Participation in a given event will be supported if at least one talk, lecture, or research report is presented at the event.
Task leader: Dr. Krzysztof Noworyta and Dr. Iwona Flis-Kabulska

Task 3.5 Organization of the International Workshops on Surface Modification for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing (SMCBS)
The 6th International Workshop on Surface Modification for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing will be organized in November 2013 (SMCBS'13), in Poland. The aim of the Workshop is an interdisciplinary exchange among scientists of "hot" topics of their research areas summarizing the major advances in the field of chemical and biochemical sensing. This Workshop will be unique in that it will give an opportunity to young researchers to present their short communications to the eminent international scientific community specializing in different aspects of chemical and biochemical sensing.
The main topics of the Workshop will cover various aspects of surface chemistry related to chemical and biochemical sensing in solutions or gases.
Expected number of participants: 70-100
Task leader: Dr. Agnieszka Pietrzyk-Le
- Reinforcing scientific strength of the Laboratory of Molecular Films at IPC PAS (LMF IPC PAS) in designing, preparation, and fabrication of new molecular imprinting polymers (MIPs) for use as recognition and cross-linking materials in chemosensors selective for chosen compounds of biological significance; developing new strategies for the determination of organic contaminants in food; educating a new generation of European researchers; enhancing transfer of knowledge to the scientific community, high schools, universities, general public, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); establishing contacts with SMEs to improve transfer of technologies.
- Reinforcing the research potential of the Corrosion and Hydrogen Group at IPC PAS (CHG IPC PAS)  in the subject: "Novel Materials for Hydrogen Production by Water Electrolysis" towards which materials for cathodes will be modified to improve their electrocatalytic properties thus enhancing their performance; intensification of scientific contacts with the leading European research laboratories in the field of advanced materials for electrolytic processes.
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