THE EUROPEAN UPCONVERSION NETWORK
From the Design of Photon-Upconverting Nanomaterials to Biomedical Applications : COST CM1403
PLACE OF WORK:
Phone : (0048) 71 39 54 166
Email : Artur.Bednarkiewicz(at) ucnp.eu
COST ROLE : Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) Manager
Description of the Organisations and PI
Institute of Low Temperature and Structural Research, PAS is a research institute of the Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences Division of Polish Academy of Sciences. Research interests include wide research of physicochemical structure of solid state and connection to physical, chemical and spectroscopic properties, especially in low temperatures. Institute’s specialty are investigations of magnetic 5f- and 4f-electron systems, superconductors, physics of phase transitions and molecular spectroscopy. The main tasks of the Institute are: conducting scientific research (mostly basic, pre-application studies); scientific training of researchers and specialists with qualifications connected with Institute’s interests and used research methods; cooperation with universities and colleges in teaching duties; smoothing the way of applying of the obtained results; supporting of the governmental units in metrological duties; and popularization of knowledge connected with Institute’s interests. Institute Scientific Council has rights to award PhD and PhD hab. Degrees in physics and chemistry.
EIT+ Wrocław Research Centre is the first research and technology organization in Poland that is entirely focused on the development of innovations, new technologies, and the research reflecting the needs of the modern industry. EIT+ has the most comprehensive research infrastructure in the entire East-Central Europe (totaling more than 23,000 sq. meters of area), which has been fitted with the state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Hence, EIT+ is able to run research projects that remain interesting for the industry as well as to perform basic tests compliant with the global development trends. By employing a team of competent scientists, research project managers, technology brokers, intellectual property specialists, and commercialization specialists, the EIT+ remains capable of answering the needs of various companies, research groups, and the society.
Artur Bednarkiewicz received his MSc Eng. in Physics and Biomedical Engineering from the Wroclaw University of Technology in Wroclaw, Poland, in 1993 and a PhD, habilitation and Institute professorship in Physics from the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, in 1998, 2013 and 2015 respectively. After postdoctoral research in the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy, in December 2008 he returned to ILT&SR PAS and simultaneously established an interdisciplinary team NAOMIS with the Wroclaw Research Center EIT+ focusing on Nanoparticle Assisted Molecular Imaging and Sensing. His current interdisciplinary research focuses on optical (bio)spectroscopy, novel designs of lanthanide doped nanoparticles and quantum dot biolabels, optical and spatial light modulation engineering, as well as on pure physics, spectroscopy and chemistry of lanthanide doped materials.
Description and scientific profiles of the group
Advanced measurement devices along with auxiliary optical, spectroscopic and measurement devices enable us to undertake innovative and original research in a wide area of biospectroscopy and bioimaging. In particular, the laboratory allows for:
Fully automated inverse fluorescence microscope CarlZeiss AxioObserver equipped with ▪ dry objectives 10x, 20x, 40x and immersion objectives 40x, 63x (NA=1.43), ▪ ultrasensitive 1-Megapixel cameras (EMCCD) in dual-camera configuration that enable simultaneous image recording in the same area of the sample in 2 spectral ranges, ▪ standard 5 Mpix colour camera, ▪ capacity to record fluorescence spectra from under the microscope with ultrasensitive spectrograph, ▪ capacity to work in white light, phase contrast, and Nomarski interference contrast imaging modes, ▪ full automation, with the option to integrate the use of automated microscope into custom control and measurement applications (LabView), ▪ CO2 incubator + temperature control for long-term in vitro measurements. Further, the system offers:
Most significant recently published papers:
Related research grants:
Chair: dr Hans Gorris (University of Regensburg, Germany)
Vice-Chair: prof.Tero Soukka (University of Turku, Finland)
COST Science Officer: Dr. Lucia Forzi (Bruseels, Belgium)
STSMs Manager: dr hab. Artur Bednarkiewicz (PAS & WCB EIT+, Poland)
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