Scientific Methodology

The proposed programme includes inter/multi-disciplinary activities that encompass the design, realisation and application of biosensing systems starting from the synthesis/deposition of active layers endowed with highly selective properties through bio-functionalisation and surface treatments, their characterisation and the realisation of single sensing devices with enhanced sensitive transduction principles. In particular, the research activities will concentrate on the interface of the organic components and the biological systems, where novel concepts will be developed. Using electrical signals to interact with biological systems will help us to gain insights into different fundamental signalling principles of living organisms. The single devices will then be implemented into systems and applications useful for a broad spectrum of biomedical and life science applications. Intersectoral activities, implemented along with the research centres and industrial full and associate partners, will make sure that the outcome of OrgBIO will be compatible and immediately available for both large scale and low-volume production processes such as roll-to-roll, printing and spray technologies. The devices to be developed should be easy to use, fast, providing clear results and preferably quantitative data.

The project is divided into 4 work packages:
  • WP1: Materials, Processes and Technologies for organic bioelectronics
  • WP2: Devices for organic bioelectronics
  • WP3: Physico-chemical characterisation and modelling / Electrochemistry / Biointerfaces / surface functionalisation / model systems
  • WP4: Biomedical systems, industrial scaling and applications

Each WP is leaded and coordinated by one of the proposing partners with special knowledge and experience in the field.

No. Main subject WP Lectures
1 “New Polymers for Bioelectroncs” WP 1 Analytical aspects in chemical and bio-sensors (UNIBA, Prof. Torsi)
Stimuli Responsive Materials and microfluidic design optimisation (DCU, Prof. Diamond)
Polymer Physics (POLYMAT, Prof. Mecerreyes)
2 “Electronic Materials at the Interface with Biology” WP 2 Biophysics and Biomaterials (EMSE, Dr. Roisin Owens)
Organic sensors (UNIBA, Prof. Torsi)
Organic electronics (LiU, Prof. Berggren)
Physical modelling of organic electronic devices (CNRS, Prof. Bonnassieux)
3 “Electrochemistry at biofunctionalized surfaces” WP 3 Physical chemistry at Biointerfaces (UoR, Prof. Cakara)
Characterization of surfaces with conjugated polymers and organic semiconductors (UNIBA, Prof. Torsi)
Sophisticated experimental methodologies for chemical, structural and operational properties of the biosensor’s components (ST-I, Dr. Occhipinti)
Ion-to-electron charge transfer in OE devices (EMSE, Prof. Malliaras)
4 “Biomedical systems, industrial scaling and applications” WP 4 Biomedical systems and their applications (NANION, Dr. Niels Fertig)
Industrial issues in organic electronics (LiU, Acreo (local spin off) , Prof. Berggren)
Large area contact printing and R2R techniques (IMPERIAL, Dr. Campbell)
Flexible electronics and Smart medical disposable From a lab scale to Pilot plan (ST-I, Dr. Occhipinti)
Ethics training on Biosensors and biomedical tools (UMM, Prof. Schneider)