[Expired] 6th International Workshop on Surface modification for chemical and biochemical sensing

November 2013 8th-11th


Interdisciplinary permeation of concepts between chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, microelectronics, and engineering has inspired important new ideas in several research fields including sensing and biosensing. For sensing, surfaces of solid substrates, used for constructing chemical or biochemical sensors, are modified to achieve selective or, in many cases, even specific analyte detection.

The use of sensor-based analytical procedures, originally focused on chemical and biochemical tests, is gaining increasing interest, among others, in environmental toxicity testing, for ecosystem monitoring, clinical diagnostics and therapy, as well as for testing of crops and foods of animal origin.

A continueous increase of interest in sensor-based analytical techniques is manifested by the increase of the number of both scientific papers published and patents registered. Toward this interest, a series of our Workshops is organized. Being encouraged by success of the previous five International Workshops on Surface Modification for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing held in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 in Poland, the organizers hope that also the coming 6th SMCBS’2013 Workshop will successfully become a platform for researchers to meet for discussing in-depth, exchange and generate ideas. We expect that this activity will stimulate new, and most expectantly, collaborative research. Overview of the interdisciplinary character and the ambience of the SMCBS workshops is well reflected in the comments of one of the SMCBS’2009 Workshop participants.

Apparently, electrochemical aspects of chemical and biochemical sensing dominated former Workshops of this series and many participants were either committed to electroanalytical chemistry or used electroanalytical techniques.

As previous Workshops, the coming one will be focused on the art of both chemical and non-chemical decorating of solid transducer surfaces as well as recognition activity of the resulting sensors toward target analytes. Main topics of the Workshop will cover various aspects of surface chemistry related to chemo- and biosensing in solutions or gases not being limited to :

  • Chemical surface reactions
  • Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)
  • Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films
  • Preparation and properties of supported membranes
  • Chemically modified electrodes
  • Enzyme modified electrodes and polymer modified electrodes
  • Novel techniques and instrumentation for examining surfaces
  • Recognition signal transduction and processing
  • Detection techniques and protocols
  • Miniaturization of analytical systems and the nanotechnology use

Particularly, young researchers, i.e., graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research assistants, are welcome to contribute their ideas and enthusiasm to stimulate the field of chemical and biochemical sensing. All presentations, and particularly those of young researchers, will be widely discussed within the audience while constructive input of senior scientists is anticipated.

A half-day sightseeing excursion will bring participants closer together for better personal acquaintance and ad hoc discussions in small groups.

We cordially invite you to participate in the Workshop.

Włodzimierz Kutner and Marcin Opałło