This research project aims at synthesize and characterize new types of functional nanomaterials and then to use them as probes with intrinsic redox activity, good biocompatibility and catalytic properties in reagentless electrochemical biosensors. The goal is to afford sensitive and easy to handle devices to overcome present limitations of biosensors. Hence this project will cover the three topics at the core of the SenErgILab project and fit with its general aims. This project will contribute to the advancement of the research activities on biosensors based on electrochemical nanomaterials probes for reagentless (bio)sensors developed at the LPPI and will allow the continuation of the collaborative work in this field between the LPPI and the SensorLab; initiated during the thesis work of X. Ngema supported in 2018 (co-supervision UCP-UWC and co-funded by the Doctoral School Science and Engineering). It’s based on mobility of permanent staffs and students to work in a strong collaborative context and benefit of the expertise of all the participants. the project is constructed around 3 ork Pakages (WPs):

  • WP1: Reagentless aptasensors based on silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) immobilized on the electrode
  • WP2: Reagentless aptasensors based on labeled single strain immobilized on the electrode for “off-to-on” signals and multianalysis
  • WP3: Nanoparticles / MOF nanocomposites for electroactive probes
Staff, recruited staff

The project will involve Dr. Fanelwa Ajayi (SA), Dr Philippe Banet (FR), Dr. Francis Muya (SA) and Dr. Thuan Pham. To carry out this project, the following team is planned to be recruited:

  • 2 Master students
  • 1 PhD student
  • 1 postdoc