The HYSENS project involves a strong team consisting of 9 partners: 6 from academia and 3 from industry:


Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (Ireland)

Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork (UCC) is the project co-ordinator of the HYSENS project. The Tyndall National Institute is a premier ICT research institute affiliated to UCC with a critical mass of over 300 researchers with core competencies in micro/nanoelectronics, photonics, Microsystems and computational modeling. The Nanotechnology Group at TNI-UCC focuses on mid- to long-term research in development of nanoscale materials, structures and devices to enable development of future emerging electronics, photonics and biotech technologies.

Expertise leveraged for HYSENS project: Synthesis of nanocrystal materials and optical characterization of nanostructures.

Contacts: Daniela Iacopino and Aidan Quinn



University of Basel (Switzerland)

Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics

The University of Basel has many years of experience in the design of molecular species with defined electronic or photonic properties. These interests have recently evolved to include novel long-lived LECs and the design and synthesis of new nanoparticulate materials for incorporation into photovoltaic and other systems.

Expertise of Department of Chemistry leveraged for HYSENS project: State-of-the-art synthesis and characterization of inorganic-organic hybrids and components; supramolecular chemistry and molecular electronics.

Expertise of Department of Physics leveraged for HYSENS project: Electrical characterization of nanocrystal assembly, including electrochemical gating; also nanoelectronics and molecular electronics.

Contacts: Prof. Edwin Constable (Dept. of Chemistry); Prof. Christian Schonenberger and Dr. Michel Calame (Dept. of Physics).



University of Bologna (Italy)

The University of Bologna was founded in 1088 and is the oldest university of the western world. It has 23 Faculties and 68 research Departments with about 3,000 professors. The Photochemical Nanosciences Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry possesses a long-term background in inorganic and organic spectroscopy, photochemistry and electrochemistry. It has gained considerable expertise in the design and investigation of molecular and supramolecular species, with the main objective of realizing prototypes of nanoscale switches, sensors, antennas, charge-separation devices and mechanical machines.

Expertise leveraged for HYSENS project:

  • Inorganic and organic spectroscopy, photochemistry and electrochemistry of molecular and supramolecular species.

  • Synthesis and characterization of semiconductor nanocyrstals.

  • Design and investigation of molecular devices and machines.

Contacts: Prof. Alberto Credi; Dr. Serena Silvi and Prof. Margherita Venturi.



University of Birmingham (UK)

The School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham has three research themes that form the core of its research. Materials chemistry is one of these and as such has much expertise and synthetic know-how, as well as a suite of materials chemistry analysis equipment to achieve rapid turnaround in terms of designing and synthesizing new materials. The Nanotechnology Group’s research interests are in the application of nanoscale chemistry and materials in areas such as nanostructuring surfaces and fabricating switchable surfaces.

Expertise leveraged for HYSENS project:

  • Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials.

  • Supramolecular chemistry synthesis and self-assembly.

Contact: Prof.Jon Preece and Parvez Iqbal



University of Valencia (Spain)

The Instituto de Ciencia Molecular at the University of Valencia is internationally recognized as one of the pioneering centres of functional molecular materials. The institute is developing new research lines focused on molecular magnets, molecular optoelectronic devices, molecular machines and supra- and supermolecular structures with long-lived electron transfer processes. The institute has many years of experience in the preparation of molecular devices, specifically on organic light emitting diodes. The emphasis in on solution processable air stable OLEDs and opto-electronic devices that employ ionic materials in combination with molecular semiconductors.

Expertise leveraged for HYSENS project:

  • Thin film preparation from solution.

  • Electroluminescent device preparation and characterization.

  • Absolute photoluminescence analysis.

Contact: Dr. Hendrik Bolink and Dr.Enrique Orti



Walter Schottky Institute, Technical University of Munich (Germany)

Walter Schottky Institute is part of the Technical University of Munich; ranked one of the best universities nation- and worldwide over the last number of years. The institute is world-renowned for the growth of semiconductor materials and associated nanostructures with an unrivaled material diversity (silicon, germanium, diamond, arsenides, antimonides, phosphides, nitrides, oxides, ferromagnetic semiconductors). In addition, the institute is developing and characterizing nanoscale devices for photonic, optoelectronic, electronic, sensing and bioelectronic applications. The Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology group focuses on optoelectronic nanoscale devices and on hybrid nanosystems for sensing applications.

Expertise leveraged for HYSENS project:

  • Photo-electronic properties of hybrid nanomaterials.

  • Plasmonic and opto-electronic transport of nanostructures.

Contact: Prof. Alexander Holleitner



Scriba Nanotecnologie s.r.l. (Italy)

Scriba Nanotecnologie is a spin-off company of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Bologna. Founded in 2005, Scriba’s core business is the development of nanotech-based solutions for the packaging sector. In particular the development of products for the identification, anti-counterfeiting, security and health sectors based on nano-technological processes, multifunctional materials and devices. Scriba has developed Nu-CODE, a complete system that uses ultra-miniaturized digital tags for identification, traceability, anticounterfeit, security and quality control. Nu-CODE is based on a new technology that allows direct optical writing of digital information on holographic substrates (EN-TAG labels). EN-TAG is a cost-efficient permanent data storage and security hologram. The anti-counterfeit features of the hologram substrate add to the endless capabilities of encrypting digital keys making the Nu-CODE including integrating it with sensing capacities.

Expertise leveraged for HYSENS project:

  • Patterning of functional surfaces.

  • Development and reading of tagging systems.

Contact: Dr. Fabio Biscarini, Dr. Massimiliano Cavallini and Pierpaolo Greco



Cellix Limited (Ireland)

Cellix develops, manufactures and sells microfluidic pumping solutions, consumable biochips, software and automated solutions for cell-based assays. Customers include biology laboratories in academia, government laboratories and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry worldwide. Applications include investigation of cell adhesion, migration and transmigration under physiological flow conditions (mimicked in the biochips) and cell culture with a simple iPod Touch controlled microfluidic pump. Therapeutic areas include thrombosis, atherosclerosis, inflammation, stem cell research, asthma, allergies, malaria and biofilm culture.

Expertise leveraged for HYSENS project:

  • Development, validation and production of microfluidic platforms.

Contact: Vivienne Williams and Dmitry Kashanin



Mildendo GmbH (Germany)

Mildendo is one of the pioneering companies in the field of foundry services for polymer-based microfluidic devices. Founded in 2000, Mildendo is strongly committed to the development, manufacturing, application and improvement of microfluidic systems in polymers for applications like diagnostics, microreaction technology and biotechnology, where many disposable systems are made out of polymers or are hybrid systems containing sensors embedded in a polymer cartridge. The company possesses extensive experience in design for microfluidic systems, as well as extensive manufacturing know-how and infrastructure for polymer-based microsystems, including nanostructuring capability.

Expertise leveraged for HYSENS project:

  • Major manufacturer of microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip systems.

  • Fabrication of micro-components in polymers, ceramics, silicon, glass, metals and hybrid systems.

Contact: Dr. Claudia Gärtner and Dr. Holger Becker