Today ERC announced the winners of the Advanced awards (ERC-ADG). Prof. Meller is among the recipients of this year’s awards for the development of a new method for single-molecule protein identification using solid-state nanopore arrays.
In our recent publication (Advanced Functional Materials ) we show that low-intensity laser etching and nanopore formation in amorphous silicon-nitride (SixN) freestanding films highly depends on the Si to N ratio. Increasing the relative Si content yields orders of magnitude increase in etch rate, which is further accelerated in alkaline environments, enabling the fabrication of nanopore arrays within tens of seconds at any arbitrary location.
On December 2, 2018, our lab conducted a tour for undergrad students from the biomedical faculty. The students were introduced to the lab fields of research, super-resolution microscopy, and single molecule biosensing. The tour helped to connect the theoretical studies of the students to the challenges and interest of real lab experiments.
Maisa and Eran are new MSc students in our lab. Maisa has recently completed a joint BSc degree in Physics and Biomedical Engineering, and Eran completed his degree in Biomedical Engineering. Maisa and Eran will be joining our Nanopore team.
A big welcome to Dr. Xander van-Kooten, who recently joined us from the IBM Zurich labs. Xander completed his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the Delft Technical University, before moving to EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), where he started his graduate studies. He then moved to the IBM labs in Zurich for his Ph.D. research.
Xander’s Ph.D. work focused mainly on microfluidics and he is joining our nanopore sequencing team. Welcome Xander!