A graphene oxide (GO) sensor co-developed by the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors group, led by Prof. Arben Merkoçi and his PhD student Luis Pires, is offered since middle September by Biolin Scientific, a prestigious instrumentation company devoted to the production of analytical devices. This synergy between the research and development was facilitated by ICN2 Knowledge and Technology Transfer Department, which established the contact between the Institute and the company to discuss the application of the graphene patterning technology in the field of QCM-D sensing. This milestone is one of those rare success cases where a technology developed by ICN2 quickly reaches the market.
Biolin Scientific, a leading Nordic instrumentation company, develops products based on nanotechnology and advanced measurement techniques. The company has a line of instrumentation called Q-Sense, which deals with instruments that enable real-time analysis of surface-molecule interactions with nanogram precision for a wide variety of samples and measurement conditions. Biolin Scientific wanted to incorporate a graphene coated sensor in its Q-Sense sensors list. The collaboration between ICN2 and the Nordic company became plausible because the Institute already had expertise transferring graphene to the surface of interest.
Currently, the company has a list on its website of sensor coatings, such as Aluminium, Cobalt, and more. Since middle September, GO coating material developed by ICN2 is also in the list. The Q-Sense GO sensor enables interaction studies of GO with various analytes (measured substances) of interest and may open the way to various applications with interest for diagnostics, safety/security and environmental monitoring.
More information at ICN2 website.