Work Package 1

The main objective of the work is to exchange the know-how that will help Plasmore to develop optimum nano-surfaces for the design of the different microarrays (i.e. toxins and/or antibiotics in milk, allergens, etc.) and to test the performance of the nano- iSPR system developed by Plasmore.

Evaluation and design of the nanofabrication process in order to obtain the optimum nanostructured surfaces supporting Surface Plasmon Resonance waves. The nanoengineering study of the surface has the objective to improve the following parameters:

  • Bulk sensitivity of the surface
  • Control and optimization of the local sensitivity of the surfaces
  • Control the fouling properties of the surface specific for each of the food applications
  • Supply RIKILT Wageningen UR and Schafer-N with the chips required
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Together with the nanostructures, particular interest will be given to the surface chemistry. Different surface functionalization moieties will be evaluated (carboxyl, amine, aldehyde, hydrophobic, polymeric) in order to prepare the nanostructured surface according to the specific biointerface required for the assay development.