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Nanosystem Engineering and Biophotonics

NEBO'09 - March 30th to April 1st 2009


Co-organised by Joseph Zyss and Malcolm Buckle,
Institut d'Alembert, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan

This innovative, ambitious, international scientific meeting will focus on a large emerging multifaceted discipline at the crossroads of nanotechnologies and life sciences. A major aim will be to present a critical overview of the productive synergy that is being established between physical sciences and life sciences illustrated by important advances in such disciplines as nano biochemistry, novel high resolution cellular imagery methods, nanophotonics and new generations of bio components integrating optoelectronics and microfluidics.
A further object of the meeting is to integrate the following different disciplines involved at both fundamental and applied levels: physics, chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, component technology and biotechnologies; the development of novel investigative approaches and implementation on a nanoscale being a common shared element amongst most of these axes.

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Please note that a session "COST MP0604 - Optical Micro-Manipulation by Nonlinear Nanophotonics" will take place within the meeting (tuesday morning) which will be open to all attendees of the meeting.


For a more detailed description please download the complete overview.

Scientific themes


The 4 principal axes of the meeting are:
  • Micro- and nano-systems
  • Nanochemistry
  • Life sciences
  • Physics and nanophotonics

These 4 main axes will be distributed across several sessions.
The main themes therefore will be:

  • Single molecule studies and single object (e.g. cell) optical imaging
  • Cellular imaging: two photon and SHG microscopy, FCS, AFM, Mass Spec imaging, THz, others
  • Engineering of functional photoactive nano-assemblies
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy studies of nanosystems
  • Label-free micro-arrays
  • Plasmon based imaging
  • Cellular nanostructures (DNA topology, chromatin organization, cytoskeleton)
  • Hybrid Nano-bio-systems
  • New generations of Biosensors and biochips (DNA, proteins, cells) for diagnosis, screening and target recognition. Highly parallel and high throughput systems
  • Optical Tweezers
  • Microfluidics
  • Convergence between communication and biosensing systems
  • Theory and modelling for experimentalists in nanobioscience and nanobiophotonics 

Furthermore one special session will be organised on the following subject:

  • Industrial synergies in nanobiosciences

Download the programme