Plasmonic Nanomaterials on the Way to Personalized Medicine

Prof. Dr. Luis M. Liz-Marzán

​CIC biomaGUNE (BRTA) and Ciber-BBN, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science, Bilbao, Spain

Time and Location: 14:00-15:00, 10th June 2022, Aula G.T.103, Groenenborger Campus, Groenenborgerlaan 171, 2020, Antwerpen
Organizer: NANOlab Center of Excellence, University of Antwerp

Abstract: Nanoplasmonics involves the manipulation of light using materials with significantly smaller sizes than the radiation wavelength. This usually involves nanostructured metals, which very efficiently absorb and scatter light because of their ability to support coherent oscillations of free (conduction) electrons. Therefore, an essential pillar behind the development of nanoplasmonics is the great advance in fabrication methods, which have achieved an exquisite control over the composition and morphology of metal nanoparticles. Colloid chemistry has the advantage of simplicity and large-scale production, with the ability to direct not only nanoparticle morphology but also surface properties and subsequent processing via self-assembly. This talk will provide an overview of the fabrication of “nanoplasmonics” building blocks and their integration in materials and devices that can be used for real applications in sensing and diagnostics.

Biographic info: Prof. Dr. Luis Liz-Marzan is an Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Center for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials, CIC biomaGUNE, of which he served as the Scientific Director (2012-2021). He is also a group leader of the Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine Networking Biomedical Research Center (Ciber-BBN), in San-Sebastian, Spain. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1992. His main research interests focus on nanoparticle synthesis and assembly, nanoplasmonics, and development of nanoparticle-based sensing and diagnostic tools. His research was published in over 500 publications, which gathered more than 55.000 citations. The high quality of his research activity was rewarded with many awards and prestigious grants, among which: two European Research Council (ERC) Advanced projects, ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Chemistry and Materials Science (2014-2021), Catalan-Sabatier Award of the French Chemical Society (2020), Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Award of the German Chemical Society (2019), Spanish National Award on Chemical Research and Technology (2018), Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences (2017), Medal of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (2014).