Nanoparticles for imaging and sensing in biology

This is the title of a 3x1H45 course which I will give early September at the European School On Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (ESONN) in Grenoble. The focus is on inorganic nanoparticles, e.g. gold, silver, iron oxide, quantum dots. It will be the second year I give this course.

I have opted for a mostly discussion-based format centered around selected publications. Last year, I chose the publications and distributed them during the lectures, but let’s try to get more organised.

I am asking readers of this blog (optional but very much welcome!) as well as students registered for the track B of ESONN15 (mandatory: deadline Friday 28th August) to suggest at least one article for discussion (depending on the success of this crowd sourcing effort, we might or might not be able to discuss all articles). To suggest a paper, simply add a comment to this post with a reference (link to the paper would be even better).

Papers can be selected because they are historic landmarks in the field; or because they are recent ground breaking discoveries; or because they raise important questions that we need to discuss to move forward. One line justification for selecting the paper would be great.

Over to you!



  1. Suggestion of Anuja Das via email

    For discussion in your lecture scheduled next week, I had a suggestion which will help me in my research too.
    Since I work mostly on ordering and creating arrays of nanoparticles and also nanoparticle induced suppression of dewetting of ultrathin polymer films, it would be helpful if you could discuss the applications of such work in biological imaging and sensing. Following are the links to few papers related.!divAbstract!divAbstract


  2. Suggestions from Nirmal Das by email:

    Please find my suggested papers for the lectures on “Nanoparticles of Imaging and Sensing” as follows:

    1. Nanoscale, 2014,6, 8873-8877!divAbstract

    2. Nano Lett. 2007, 7, 3065-3070

    3. Nature Chem. 2015, 7, 597-603.


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