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SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip & Microfluidics Europe 2019

Alberto Escarpa's Biography



Alberto Escarpa, Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry, University of Alcalá

Dr. Alberto Escarpa is Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Alcalá since 2017. He has received several awards such the prestigious NATO post-doctoral Scholarship as postdoc researcher at the New Mexico State University (USA) in 2001 or the "Young Investigator Award" by the University of Alcala in 2003. He is the leader and founder of the group “Analytical Miniaturization and Nanotechnology” since 2003. His research activity is focused on microfluidics, biosensing, nanomaterials and micro motors.

He has co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, yielding an h-index of 38, is the coeditor and coauthor of the several books “Miniaturization of analytical systems: principles, designs and applications” (Wiley, 2009), “Food Electroanalysis” (2015, Wiley) and Carbon-based Nanomaterials in Analytical Chemistry (RSC, 2018). He has given more than 30 invited talks in highly international meetings about microfluidics and miniaturization of analytical chemistry. He is also Associate Editor of Microchimica Acta, RSC Advances and Electrophoresis and member of the Editorial board of Electrophoresis, Food Chemistry, Applied Materials Today, Microchimica Acta and Sensors.

He is also member of Royal Society of Chemistry since 2016.

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Janus Catalytic Micromotors: From Mobile Sensors on Lab-on-a-Chips to Mobile Reactors for Tailored Synthesis of Nanoparticles

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at 17:45

Add to Calendar ▼2019-06-18 17:45:002019-06-18 18:45:00Europe/London Janus Catalytic Micromotors: From Mobile Sensors on Lab-on-a-Chips to Mobile Reactors for Tailored Synthesis of NanoparticlesLab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2019 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The NetherlandsSELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com

Micromotors represent one of the most exciting horizons in micro and nanotechnologies. Micrometer-sized motors can either have a conical tubular or spherical structure. Spherical shapes comprise Janus micromotors (named after the two-faced Roman god Janus); which are prepared by asymmetrically coating of microparticles (silica, polystyrene) with a catalytic layer (mainly Pt) for decomposition of a fuel (mainly hydrogen peroxide) towards efficient propulsion. If they are used with creativity, they offer also considerable promise for labs-on-a-chip applications in both approaches: analysis and synthesis.


In this keynote, the truly two faces of Janus catalytic micromotors, analysis and synthesis, towards two relevant approaches will be presented and discussed.

On a first approach, the use of magneto-catalytic Janus micromotors encapsulating phenylboronic acid and graphene quantum dots as mobile sensors for detection of bacteria endotoxins in lab-on-a-chip devices, will be discussed. A second approach will illustrate the tailored synthesis of CdS quantum dots and Au nanoparticles nanoparticles with “mobile” catalytic Janus micromotors encapsulating suitable precursors (Cd2+ or citrate).  Both approaches hold considerable promise for diverse clinical, agro-food and biological lab-on-chip applications.


Add to Calendar ▼2019-06-18 00:00:002019-06-19 00:00:00Europe/LondonLab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2019Lab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2019 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The NetherlandsSELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com