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Wednesday, October 21 2015:   An open discussions on issues and challenges in taking Infra Red Nanoscopy using the far field technique to applications in clinic and industrial metrology. The discussion was a public dissemination of the LANIR Project at the NanoNet Conference with an overview of LANIR applications. Moderator: Dr. Tofail Syed, University of Limerick, LANIR Coordinator Discussants: Professor Hugh Byrne, Dublin Institiute of Technology, Ireland (BioSpectroscopy) Professor Halina Podbielska, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland (Imaging and image processing) Professor Brigitte von Rechenberg, University of Zurich, Switzerland (Animal experiments and GLP) Professor Peter Gardner, University of Manchester, UK (Biospectromicroscopy) via teleconference Professor Costas Charitidis, National Technical University Athens, Greece (Materials applications) Professor Marco... + continue reading
Monday, October 19 2015: Abstract: The well-known saying of “Seeing is believing” became even more apt in biology when stimulated emission depletion (STED) nanoscopy was introduced in 1994 by the Nobel laureate S. Hell and coworkers. We presently stand at a juncture. Nanoscopy represented a revolution in fluorescence microscopy but now is a mature technique applied to many branches of biology, physics, chemistry, and materials science. We are currently looking ahead to the next generation of optical nanoscopes, to the new key player that will arise in the forthcoming years. This article gives an overview of the various cutting-edge implementations of STED nanoscopy and tries to shine a light into the future: imaging everything faster with unprecedented sensitivity and label-free.   Online link: + continue reading
Sunday, October 4 2015: The LANIR Project Final meeting will take place during the Nanoweek Ireland 2015 Conference being hosted at the University of Limerick. The Nanoweek Conference brings together Ireland’s best nanotechnology & advanced materials researchers & engineers. It also brings together international speakers with direct experience in building technology companies, representatives from Irish industry, research and investment communities to share experiences in the commercialisation and application of nanotechnology and to highlight the nanoscience research and expertise currently available to industry in Irish Research Institutes. More details at   + continue reading
Friday, September 4 2015: Nobel Laureate, Prof. Stefan Hell, recently visited one of the LANIR Microscopes developed during the EC cofunded  LANIR project and based at the Partner UPB. Prof Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany won the Nobel Prize in 2014 for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. More details at    + continue reading
Friday, July 3 2015: Abstract A new method for high-resolution quantitative measurement of the dielectric function by using scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) is presented. The method is based on a calibration procedure that uses the s-SNOM oscillating dipole model of the probe-sample interaction and quantitative s-SNOM measurements. The nanoscale capabilities of the method have the potential to enable novel applications in various fields such as nano-electronics, nano-photonics, biology or medicine.   More information at :         + continue reading
Friday, June 12 2015: The Winner of the Best Poster Presenter Award at Euronanoforum 2015 was LANIR Scientist Dr. Stefan George Stanciu, Center for Microscopy-Microanalysis and Information Processing, University Politehnica of Bucharest. The title of the poster was ‘Combined Multimodal Imaging at Micro- and Nanoscale Using Complementary Contrast Mechanisms’ More info at  + continue reading
Wednesday, March 18 2015:       The LANIR Month 36 meeting took place in the facilities of GNR outside Milan in Italy on 16 and 17 March 2015.There was a strong focus by partners on delivering on the objectives of the project with the project end now approaching. Partners focus was also on how best to achieve the impact from the project and allow for the future exploitation of the research undertaken during the project. + continue reading
Friday, February 13 2015: Dr Tofail Syed, LANIR Project Coordinator presented at AAAS Conference in San Jose, California, USA on 13 February 2015 The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting is a widely recognized global science gathering, bringing thousands of scientists, engineers, policymakers, educators, and journalists together to discuss the most recent developments in science and technology.The 2015 Meeting Theme was Innovations, Information and Imaging. The LANIR Presentation was part of the "I See, Therefore I Can" symposium which highlighted three projects looking at different approaches for nanoscopic imaging using electrons, X-rays, lasers, and microwaves. The organizer was Dr. Rene Martins, European Commission.  Abstract: The ability to image molecular building blocks in ambient conditions is critical to... + continue reading
Friday, December 19 2014:   The Month 30 Meeting took place in Limerick, Ireland and was hosted within the Tierney Building at the University of Limerick. The meeting also consisted of a visit of UL LANIR labs at University of Limerick by the Consortium Members. Partners presented and provided an overview of key action for M30-M36 meeting, M36 meeting will take place in Milan on 16 -17th March 2015. + continue reading
Wednesday, November 5 2014: Abstract: Cell-sized polyelectrolyte capsules functionalized with a redox-driven proton pump protein were assembled for the first time. The interaction of polyelectrolyte microcapsules, fabricated by electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly, with cytochrome c oxidase molecules was investigated. We found that the cytochrome c oxidase retained its functionality, that the functionalized microcapsules interacting with cytochrome c oxidase were permeable and that the permeability characteristics of the microcapsule shell depend on the shell components. This work provides a significant input towards the fabrication of an integrated device made of biological components and based on specific biomolecular functions and properties. Online link: + continue reading


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