4th Bioanalytical Biotechnology School (2016)

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A five-day intensive course for researchers and graduate students featuring theoretical and practical lectures on integration of nanomaterials in bioelectroanalytical applications.

Date: 25 to 29 January 2016

Organized by Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luís, Brazil

Venue: Centro de Ciências Exactas e Tecnologia,
Avenida dos Portugueses, 1966. Bacanga 65080-805, São Luís

Contact person: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Paulo Roberto Brasil de Oliveira Marques
Mail to: paulobrasil10@gmail.com

Collaborating institutions
• Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Catalonia, Spain
• Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Araraquara, Sao Paulo State, Brazil


Fundació Autònoma Solidària (UAB), Bellaterra, Spain

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Bellaterra, Spain









Objectives of the workshop


To increase the expertise in the field of bioanalytical nanotechnology in Brazil
To promote the application of the techniques related with bioanalytical nanotechnology
in solving problems involving food safety quality, environment protection and health management in Brazil.


To provide the participants with a background knowledge and basic hands-
on experience in bioanalytical nanotechnology that is sufficient for them to
initiate their own 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, genetic materials, carbohydrates and lipids are measured to diagnose, for instance, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disorders, among many others biomarkers. 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. 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 at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila (Philippines) and inspired the conduct of the 2nd BANT School at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City (2013), and the 3rd BANT School (2014) in Manila again.



The intensive course will involve lectures (12 sessions of 45 minutes each) and practical work (3 sessions of 3-4 hours each) on the following topics:

  • Biological and biomimetic recognition materials and separation systems: DNA, antibodies, enzymes, biomimetic compounds, and biological separations by magnetic particles.
  • Bioanalytical nano building blocks: metal nanoparticles, quantum dots, carbon nanoparticles, nanobiocomposites, and magnetic nanoparticles.
  • Bioelectroanalytical systems: electrochemical enzymosensors, genosensors and immunosensors, and other rapid diagnosis technologies for clinical applications and food analysis.

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish and English

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, Universidade Federal do Maranhão (UFMA) and Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Araraquara, Brazil

The UAB, UFMA and UNESP staff who will be involved in the School are the following:

  • Dr. Salvador Alegret, UAB
  • M.Sc. Alejandra Ben Aissa, UAB
  • Dr. Paulo Roberto Brasil de Oliveira Marques, UFMA
  • M. Sc. Soledad Carinelli, UAB
  • Dr. Maria Isabel Pividori, UAB
  • Dr. Maria Pilar Taboada, UNESP
  • Dr. Hideko Yamanaka, UNESP

4th BANT School chairperson

  • Assoc. Prof. Maria-Isabel Pividori, UAB

4th BANT School Organizing Committee

  • Assoc. Prof. Paulo Roberto Brasil de Oliveira Marques, UFMA, 4th BANT School local coordinator
  • Assoc. Prof. Maria-Isabel Pividori, UAB, 4th BANT School chairperson
  • Assoc. Prof. Gilvanda Silva Nunes, UFMA
  • M.Sc. Laiane Araújo da Silva Souto, UFMA
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