We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The Nanobiotechnology Laboratory features state-of-the-art equipped facilities designed to foster interdisciplinary studies. A special emphasis lies on characterisation of nanomaterials, nanomedicines, advanced materials and their interactions with biological systems, as well as on the detection, identification and characterisation of nanomaterials in food and consumer products.
Priority topics of the Nanobiotechnology laboratory
Nanomaterial characterisation including their interactions with biological systems (culture media, proteins, etc.).
Detection of nanomaterials in complex matrices.
Surface chemical analysis of macro and nanomaterials.
Surface modification and nano-fabrication. Biosensor platform characterisation.
Cell cultures of adherent cells. Material biocompatibility studies. In vitro assays for assessing nanomaterial genotoxicity, cytotoxicity and uptake studies. Transcriptomics.
Advanced material characterisation for non-bio-applications (energy, transport, etc.).
Access to the research infrastructure is granted on the basis of Access Units (e.g. days or weeks of use, hours or sessions of beam time, processing time and gigabytes of data transmitted, etc.). Access Units are specific to the type and nature of each JRC research infrastructure that provides access.
For the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory the Unit of Access is 'Instrument days' which correspond to the use of one (1) instrument during one (1) day.
Any proposal will be scrutinised in accordance with weighted selection criteria such as: