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Final SuperCol Symposium
Colloids: synthesis, super-resolution characterization and biomedical applications



Thursday, June 1st, 2023


The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovatie Training Network (ITN) SuperCol develops methods to rationally functionalize colloidal nanoparticles, and to visualize the surface chemistry with single-molecule super-resolution microscopy. The aim is to rationally design super-selective and responsive particles for biomedical applications.


Functionalised colloidal particles hold the potential for powerful diagnostic and therapeutic systems. Think of super-selective biosensors for dengue and cholera; responsive particles to capture and quantify inflammation markers; or particles that release cancer therapeutics such as doxorubicin on demand. Their functionality, however, ultimately depends on the number, distribution and activity of the molecules at their surface. New methods are needed to accurately visualize individual receptors on colloidal surfaces, influence the number, distribution and activity of receptors and find out how the surface organisation translates to highly desired functionalities such as responsiveness and super-selectivity.

Researchers of the SuperCol network and invited speakers will today expose how they take the ‘closest possible look’ at colloidal surfaces. Both literally, using super-resolution imaging, and with advanced particle surface (receptor) chemistry. These observations can be combined with advanced modeling techniques to achieve a rational design of super-selective and responsive colloidal particle systems. Gaining a tight and quantitative control over their composition and their properties will naturally enhance their potential in biomedical applications.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Super-resolution microscopy
  • Single-molecule and single-particle tracking
  • Colloidal synthesis and functionalization
  • Nanomedicine
  • Biosensing
  • DNA nanotechnology
  • Optical and physico-chemical modelling

List of invited speakers:

Tentative list of scientific committee members:

  • Susana Rocha (KU Leuven)
  • Frank Scheffold (Fribourg University)
  • Guillermo P Acuna (Fribourg university)
  • Rodolphe Marie (DTU)
  • Emanuela Zacarell (Sapienza university)i
  • Maria-Ada Malvind (HiQ-nano)i
  • Jeppe Fock (BluSense)
  • Ilja Voets (TUe)
  • Ingo Lieberwirth (MPIP)

Conference Chairpersons
Bahar ROUHVANDEindhoven University of Technology

Het Kranenveld 14, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands

+31 629457640
Berend VAN DEN BERGEEindhoven University of Technology

De Groene Loper 19, 5612 AP Eindhoven, The Netherlands

+31 6 48118765
Peter ZIJLSTRA (Main organizer)Eindhoven University of Technology

De Groene Loper 19, 5612 AP Eindhoven, The Netherlands

+31 40 247 2807
Pierre CYBULSKIKU Leuven

Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

+33 6 22 80 57 08
Teun A. P. M. HUIJBENTechnical University of Denmark

Ørsteds Plads, Building 345C, 2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

+31 6 34475409