Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships (IF). Nanostructured Functional Surfaces Research Group

    31/07/2018 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Madrid
    Fundación IMDEA Nanociencia

The Nanostructured Functional Surfaces program at IMDEA Nanoscience leverages on nanofabrication technologies and particularly emphasizes on cost-effective scalable process to develop surface structured materials with new functionalities or with improved ones. Much of the work in the program is inspired on natural functional surfaces.

The special competencies of the program include surface patterning techniques such as nano-imprinting and hot embossing, soft lithography and molecular patterning.

Presently the program is active on the following research areas:

1) Nano-engineering functional surfaces for medical applications, particularly the development of biomimetic bactericidal functionalities and lab on chip platforms.

2) Multifunctional surfaces. The program is developing the methodology to impart onto polymer nanocomposites additional surface properties, particularly those of super-hydrophobicity and self-cleaning based on bio-inspired surface nanotexturing. The program is also focused on up-scaling the methodology using roll to roll nanoimprint technology

3) Polymer nanoimprinting for optical applications such as polymer lasers and waveguides, antireflective surfaces and optical sensors in collaboration with photo physics and photonics groups.

Project Description:

The interaction of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells with surface topography plays a critical role in the biological response to materials and ultimately determines the biofunctionality of a biomedical implant.

Micro and nanoscale technologies provide the right tools to interface and manipulate biological entities. As such, several fabrication methods have been employed to create engineered micro and nanoscale features that produce effective cell instructive topographies that give rise to the desired cell responses because, ultimately the control of the topography on a biomedical implant can be decisive for a successful host tissue integration.

We are interested in developing topographies in artificial implantable materials to deter bacterial infection that at the same time generate a favorable cellular or host tissue response.

We are designing specific surface topographies on common medical biopolymers which can induce an inhibitory effect on bacteria adhesion and/ or biofilm formation while improve eukaryotic cell adhesion and proliferation.

To this end, we are looking for proactive and motivated scientists that can contribute to this effort.

Candidates are invited to submit their Expression of Interest directly to Prof. Isabel Rodríguez Fernández (i.rodriguez@imdea.org) with subject MSCA-IF 2018 by the 31th of July 2018. The Expression of Interest should include a complete and updated CV with a brief description of the previous research and a motivation letter in ONE PDF file only.