Partnerships & Collaborations

HYSENS is a commercially-focused project.  The HYSENS consortium encourages third party companies to explore uses of the developed technology. 

OEM opportunities arising from HYSENS project:

The HYSENS biochip can be used as a generic chip in which to embed a variety of different sensors in a microfluidic format for test purposes.  This provides a low cost, low risk and effective way of testing your sensor prior to engaging in expensive trials or prototyping of biochips in order to adapt your sensor to a microfluidic format.  Sensors may simply be provided to Cellix on a 5mm x 5mm substrate for assembly.  If you are interested in Cellix embedding your sensor on-chip, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are open to enabling access to the technology for defined applications proposed by any third party. If you are interested in gaining access to the technology as a beta-testing site, please contact the Exploitation Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Three patents were filed during the HYSENS project by University of Bologna, Tyndall and University of Valencia.  Details of these patent applications are listed below.

Patent 1:  Method for controlling solubility of quantum dots - UNIBO

University of Bologna (UNIBO)

Patent Title:  Method for controlling solubility of quantum dots

Summary:  The invention is a method for the modification of QD surface by exchanging the native ligands with other molecular ligands forming a robust capping monolayer.  The resulting QDs are made compatible with a wide range of polar organic solvents and/or water, exhibit long term stability in solution, and maintain their optical properties.

Application fields: luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals; (bio)chemical analysis; diagnostic imaging; medical therapy; photovoltaic solar cells; LED devices;

Advantages: short reaction time; simplified synthesis and purification; performed in air at room temperature

Features of the resulting QDs: strongly luminescent; tailored solubility in various polar organic solvents and/or water; very stable in solution (>6 months);

Publication Number:  Not available yet

Application Number:  Italian patent RM2013A000269

Priority Number:  Not applicable

Publication Date:  Not published yet; filed on 7th May 2013.

Applicant:  Alma Mater Studiorum – Universita di Bologna

Inventors:  Tommaso Avellini, Alberto Credi, Christophe Lincheneau, Serena Silvi, Edwin C. Constable

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Patent 2:  Method of fabrication or ordered nanorod arrays - Tyndall

Tyndall University College Cork (Tyndall-UCC)

Patent Title:  Method of fabrication of ordered nanorods arrays

Summary:  The invention is a method to fabricate large arrays of gold nanorods aligned either parallel or perpendicular to the substrate by controlled droplet evaporation. Once the droplet is dried, ordered nanorods arrays can be stamped intact into a wide variety of substrates.    

Application fields: The nanorod arrays, either perpendicular or parallel, are suitable for use in a variety of applications, for example SERS detection.

Advantages: The invention enables placement of highly ordered gold nanorods on different surfaces in large areas, where it would otherwise be impossible by direct droplet deposition, other bottom-up methods or extremely expensive top-down methods.

Publication Number:  Not available yet.

Application Number:  13191879.9

Priority Number:  Not applicable

Publication Date:  Not published yet.

Applicant:  University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork

Inventors:  Daniela Iacopino, Alfonso Martin


Patent 3:  Electroluminescent layer for an optoelectronic device - UVEG

University of Valencia (UVEG)

Patent Title:       “Capa electroluminiscente para un dispositivo optoelectrónico”

                                (Eng.: Electroluminescent layer for an optoelectronic device)

Summary:  A new kind of light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) using ionic organic dyes as electroluminescent material has been developed. Some examples of suitable ionic organic dyes would be cyanide, hemicyanide and squaraine dyes.

This small ionic molecules, without any additional material, can carry out every required function in n electroluminescent device: electron transport, hole transport and photon emission. Avoiding the use of other electro-active materials significantly simplifies the device structure.

Application fields: LECS are very interesting candidates for lighting applications since they are easy to fabricate and they work at very low voltages, giving rise to devices with high power efficiency.

Advantages: New kind of LECs have the next advantages:

-          Low cost: fabrication carried out with mass-produced comercial materials.

-          Operation: satisfactory levels of radiance, efficiency and lifetime, thus suitable for future technological applications.

-          Production: processable from solution, from non-toxic solvents.


Publication Number:  Not available yet.

Application Number:  Not available yet.

Priority Number:  201300194

Priority Date:  18/02/2013

Publication Date:  Not published yet.

Applicant:  Universidad de Valencia.

Inventors:  A. Pertegás, D. Tordera, H. J. Bolink.


For an overview of how the technology works, please see the animation below, also hosted on Cellix’s YouTube channel: