• February 20, 2017 Turning nano-antennas on the right side

    In-plane nano-gap antenna-arrays with giant enhancement in NanoLetters. Optical nano-antennas are ideal to enhance light-matter interactions at the nanometer scale. Yet in most designs, the region of maximum field localization and enhancement, the “hotspot”, is not readily accessible since it is buried into the nanostructure. In a recent collaboration between EPFL in Lausanne, Fresnel Institute … Continue reading →

  • February 2, 2017 Proof of Concept grant

    ICFO receives its 7th Proof of Concept (PoC) award in six years The European Research Council, in its efforts to help ERC grant-holders to bridge the gap between their research and the earliest stage of a marketable innovation, created the Proof of Concept (PoC) funding scheme for researchers who have already been awarded an ERC … Continue reading →

  • January 31, 2017 Look at that protein

    Amplified interferometric scattering detection of single proteins in NanoLetters. Label-free detection, analysis, and rapid tracking of nanoparticles, such as proteins, is crucial for future ultrasensitive sensing applications, yet optical techniques to distinguish nanoparticles directly among their background remain challenging. In a recent study Dr. Matz Liebel and Dr. James Hugall, in the Molecular NanoPhotonics group … Continue reading →

  • November 23, 2016 New Team Leader

    Dr. Stefan Wieser joins ICFO as a PI Staff Scientist within the SLN Program. Dr. Stefan Wieser joins ICFO as a Team Leader with the focus on Structured Illumination Microscopy and its application to imaging of living cells. He will develop lattice light sheet microscopy and super-resolution imaging techniques paired with structured illumination schemes which … Continue reading →

  • September 22, 2016 Nanoantennas Enable Forbidden Energy Transfer

    NanoVista collaboration between Institut Fresnel and ICFO in NanoLetters. Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) is commonly used as a nanoruler in biochemistry to monitor the short (nanometer) distance between donor and acceptor dyes. Yet FRET is equally sensitive to the mutual dipole orientation, which often complicates the distance analysis in biological samples. In the far … Continue reading →

  • July 21, 2016 Functionalized tailored wettability surfaces and Influenza A Infectivity

    Findings pave the way for the design of new antimicrobial surfaces. Diseases can be spread through contact with materials contaminated with infectious microorganisms, making control of transmission an interesting objective of surface research. In order to develop “active surfaces” that can reduce or eliminate this contamination, a detailed understanding of the molecular mechanisms of interactions … Continue reading →

  • June 16, 2016 International Symposium on BioNanoVision of cellular architecture: from the nucleus to the cell membrane

    ICREA Conference event at ICFO draws international experts on Super-Resolution Microscopy Each year, ICREA researchers are eligible to participate in a highly competitive call for proposals for the ICREA Conference Awards which funds international conferences and workshops in Catalonia where participants are world leaders in their fields. The awarded events may be devoted to any … Continue reading →

  • June 15, 2016 A light microscope made only with consumer electronic products

    A light microscope made only with consumer electronic products ICFO researchers develop a novel low-cost, compact, portable on-chip light microscope capable of carrying out ultrasensitive analysis of transparent objects.Holographic, phase contrast or differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopes have been implemented especially for making “visible”, otherwise “invisible”, transparent objects, opening a new pathway towards the study … Continue reading →

  • June 14, 2016 ICREA Prof at ICFO Maria Garcia-Parajo interviewed in Heraldo de Aragon

    Photonics allows us to see how the molecules that make up cells‘ talk ICREA Professor at ICFO was interviewed for a feature article. In this article, Prof. Garcia-Parajo explains how Super Resolution microscopy allows scientists working in Molecular Biophotonics are able to visualize the processes occurring on a molecular level within cells. The visualization of … Continue reading →

  • May 20, 2016 ICREA International Symposium

    BioNanoVision of cellular architecture The International symposium in BioNanoVision will bring together a multidisciplinary group of world-leading scientists to further our understanding on the fundamental molecular mechanisms that regulate cellular architecture, from nuclear organization to the cell membrane. These will include experts from the optical nanoscopy field, biophysicists, cell biologists, chemists and statistical physicists. Since … Continue reading →

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