This Area is certified (until March, 2012)by the ISO regulation 13485:2003 for the design and the production of medical and sanitary products. Nowadays two products are available under this regulation.
1. Design and production of screen printed electrodes for electrochemical measurements for medical devices
2. Production of redox polymers with capacity to transfer electrons from redox enzymes
The main objective of this area is the discovery of new knowledge at the crossroads of biotechnology, and micro- and nanotechnology, with the goal of developing economic, non-invasive, as well as intelligent, diagnostic systems, applicable to clinical, environmental and/or food analysis. Additionally, our research is focused on the preparation of new sensors and signal amplification systems for biochip applications. Standing out is our work on gluten detection systems for food and on celiac identification for individuals.
The research falls into the following fields:
• Developing economical, non-invasive as well as intelligent, diagnostic systems.
• Bio-engineering: biological systems, neuro-electronic interface, and tissue engineering.
• Synthesis process development of fine chemistry and pharmaceutical production using micro-reactors.
• Systems for pathogen fast detection, toxic compounds, allergens, antibiotics, biotoxins for biosensors.
Area manager: Dr. Ciara O’Sullivan
Dr. O’Sullivan is a research professor at ICREA (Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats). She received her B.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry at the Dublin City University in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology at Cranfield University in 1996. Between 1996 and 1999, she led the Sensors Group at the University College Cork (Ireland). She was granted a Marie Curie scholarship at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (1999-2001) and, subsequently, a Ramon y Cajal scholarship, which she held for a year before gaining her current ICREA position, and creating the Nanobiotechnology and Bioanalysis Group (NBG) at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
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