Professor Arben Merkoci
Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain ICREA, http://www.nanobiosensors.org/group-leader/
Prof Merkoçi is currently ICREA Professor and director of the Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at Institut Catalàde Nanocienciai Nanotecnologia (ICN2), a BIST centre situated at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) campus (Bellaterra, Barcelona). After his PhD (1991) at Tirana University, he worked as postdoc at other European research centres and USA in the field of nanobiosensors and lab-on-a-chip technologies. His postdoc periods were followed by leading positions in several laboratories: (1997-2006) at Autonomous University of Barcelona and since 2006 in ICN2. Prof Merkoçi research is focused on the design and application of cutting edge nanotechnology and nanoscience-based biosensors. These nanobiosensors are based on the integration of biological molecules (DNA, antibodies, cells and enzymes) and other (bio)receptors with micro-and nanostructures and applied in diagnostics, environmental monitoring or safety and security. He has published around 270 peer review research papers, is editor of books (“Nanomaterials Based Biosensing Systems, by Wiley; “Electrochemical Sensor Analysis”, of Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry series by Elsevier etc.), book chapters and special journals issues (Lab on a Chip, Electroanalysis, Microchimica Acta) dedicated to the field of nanomaterials integration and applications in biosensors. Prof Merkoçi is working with Hub team on Fundamental Node projects on graphene and 2D materials for sensing applications developing.