3rd Bioanalytical Nanotechnology School (2014)

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A four-day intensive course for researchers and graduate students featuring lectures and practicals on the theory and methods of the use of nanomaterials in bioelectroanalytical applications.

Date: 29 January to 1 February 2014

Organized by University of Santo Tomas, Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences

Venue: University of Santo Tomas,España Blvd., Manila

Contact person: Prof. Fortunato Sevilla III, Ph.D. Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Santo Tomas

Mail to: fbsevilla@mnl.ust.edu.ph

Collaborating institutions

  • Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain
  • Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN), Barcelona, Spain

Sponsors

Fundació Autònoma Solidària (UAB), Bellaterra, Spain

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Bellaterra, Spain

Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD-DOST), Philippines

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3rd BIOANALYTICAL NANOTECHNOLOGY SCHOOL

Objectives of the workshop                                                                                  

General:

To contribute to an increased research expertise in the field of bioanalytical
nanotechnology in the Philippines.

To promote the application of the techniques of bioanalytical nanotechnology
in solving problems involving food safety quality, environment protection and
management and health management in the Philippines.

Specific:

To provide the participants with a background knowledge on and basic hands-
on experience in bioanalytical nanotechnology that is sufficient for them to
initiate research in this area.

To present a platform for the participants to interact with researchers who are
actively involved in research in the field of analytical nanotechnology.

Background and significance of the workshop

A need has been recognized in many spheres of human interest for chemical information. Chemical substances are used as markers for human health, environmental quality, food safety and agricultural productivity. Thus, low levels of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids are measured to diagnose cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. The presence of small amounts of hormones and toxins are used to indicate the contamination of environmental water systems and the safety of food products. The detection of metabolites of bacteria, fungi and viruses provide indicators for the productivity of agricultural systems and shelf life of the produce.

Nanotechnology has given rise to materials, tools and strategies for the detection and quantization of chemical substances. The unique optical, electrical and magnetic properties of materials with nano-dimensions enabled the development of novel analytical systems and methods. The innovations led to smaller sample requirements, simpler and faster procedures, higher sensitivity and lower detection limits.

Chemical sensors and biosensors comprise one area of bioanalaytical nanotechnology. This research area has been cited as one of the priority field of development in the Philippine Roadmap for Nanotechnology. The potential of these devices in the monitoring of environmental quality, agricultural productivity, food safety and public health was recognized.

The Bioanalytical Nanotechnology (BANT) School was initiated in 2011 as a activity of the academic linkage between the University of Santo Tomas and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). It was supported by the Department of Science and Technology through the Philippine Council for Advanced Science Research and Development (PCASTRD) and the Institut Català de Nanotecnologia, Barcelona (Spain). The success of the BANT School in the Philippines inspired the conduct of the  2nd Bioanalytical Nanotechnology School at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, partially funded by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology.

Activities

The intensive course will involve lectures (12 sessions of 45 minutes each) and
practical work (4 sessions of 4 hours each) on the following topics:

  • Bioanalytical nanotechnology.
  • Biological recognition and separation systems: DNA, PCR, immunoassay, andbiological separations by magnetic particles.
  • Bioanalytical nano building blocks: metal nanoparticles, quantum dots, carbon nanoparticles, catalytic nanoparticles, nanoparticles and nanochannels.
  • Bioelectroanalytical systems: composite and biocomposite electrodes in electroanalytical procedures.
  • Electrochemical genosensors and immunosensors for clinical applications and food analysis.

Expected participants 

The target participants are researchers from the university and government laboratories and graduate students. Due to the limited materials and equipment available for the practicum, only twenty-five (25) participants will be accepted for this intensive course. However, participation in the lecture sessions will be open to up to 40 participants.

Resource persons

The resource persons will include academic and research staff from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain, the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN), Spain, and University of Santo Tomas (UST). The University of Santo Tomas has maintained a linkage with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in the field of Chemical Sensors and Biosensors research and development for more than fifteen years.

The UAB and UST staff who will be involved in the School are the following:

  • Dr. Dharmatov Rahula B. Albano, UST
  • Dr. Salvador Alegret, UAB and UST
  • Dr. Jose Bergantin, UST
  • M. Sc. Delfina Brandão, UAB
  • M. Sc. Reynaldo Bundalian, Jr., UAB
  • M. Sc. Soledad Carinelli, UAB
  • Dr. Susana Liebana, UAB
  • Dr. Arben Merkoçi, ICN
  • Dr. Maria Isabel Pividori, UAB
  • Dr. Karen Santiago, UST
  • Dr. Fortunato Sevilla III, UST

3rd BANT School chairpersons

  • Assoc. Prof. Maria-Isabel Pividori, UAB
  • Prof. Fortunato Sevilla III, UST

3rd BANT School Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Salvador Alegret, UAB, UST
  • Assoc. Prof. Jose Bergantin, UST, 3rd BANT School local coordinator
  • Dr. Susana Liébana, UAB, 3rd BANT School local coordinator
  • Prof. Arben Merkoçi, ICN
  • Assoc. Prof. Maria-Isabel Pividori, UAB, 3rd BANT School co-chairperson
  • Prof. Fortunato Sevilla III, UST, 3rd BANT School co-chairperson
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