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JRC Nanobiotechnology Laboratory

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has state-of-the-art equipped laboratories for studies on nanomaterials.

Its institutional work focuses on a science-based understanding of nanomaterial properties and their interactions with biological systems in order to support the safe and sustainable development of nanotechnology.

The JRC also contributes to the development of methods for the detection, identification and characterisation of nanomaterials in food and consumer products.

This is carried out by a multidisciplinary group of chemists, physicists, biologists, and materials scientists with extensive experience in the fields of nanobiosciences and materials science.

In the Framework of Open Access to JRC Research Infrastructures, the JRC Nanobiotechnology Laboratory is being opened up for access by external researchers in order to promote the development and exploitation of nanotechnology, advanced materials and related topics. Researchers will be able to conduct a range of research activities including experimental proof-of-concept studies to testing/optimisation of developed technologies (H2020 Technology readiness level 2-4).

The laboratory is also pilot facility under the new Framework of Open Access for Training and Capacity Building for Enlargement and Integration Countries.   

With a wide range of facilities and cutting-edge instrumentation, the laboratory fosters interdisciplinary studies, with a special emphasis on characterisation of nanomaterials, nanomedicines, and advanced materials and their interactions with biological systems.

What we offer

With a fully integrated range of advanced instrumentation, we offer direct access to our facilities, including training and research expertise on the following topics:

  • Nanomaterial synthesis and characterisation
  • Surface chemical analysis of nano- and macro-materials
  • Detection of nanomaterials and microplastics in complex matrices
  • Characterisation of interaction of nanomaterials/nanomedicines with biological systems (proteins, enzymes, cell membranes)
  • Cell culture of adherent cells, cells in suspension, human cell lines, animal cell lines, primary cells, stem cell technologies
  • In vitro assays for genotoxicity, immunotoxicity and cytotoxicity, uptake studies, transcriptomics
  • Bio-interfaces characterisation, biocompatibility studies
  • Surface modification and nano-fabrication
  • Environmental and bio-sensors
  • Advanced materials characterisation for applications beyond the biological-medical fields (energy, transport, etc.).

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The Nanobiotechnology Laboratory offers extensive facilities and instruments to support the development and characterisation of advanced materials with particular emphasis on nanomaterials and nanosystems as follows.

  • Nanoparticle synthesis and sample preparation.

  • Physical-chemical characterisation of macro and nanomaterials, including surfaces.

  • In-vitro testing, bio-interactions and biocompatibility studies.

  • Micro-fabrication and advanced detection methods.