Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors


Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Outstanding nano-scientist

Prof. Luisa De Cola and a light emitting diode (LED) 
Photo: WWU - Grewer
Prof. Luisa De Cola and a light emitting diode (LED) Photo: WWU - Grewer

Abstract:
Prof. Luisa De Cola receives grant from European Research Council / Second award for WWU researchers

Outstanding nano-scientist

Münster | Posted on November 11th, 2009

Prof. Luisa De Cola from the Department of Interface Physics at Münster University has received an especially prestigious award from the European Research Council (ERC) - the highly distinguished "Advanced Researcher Grant" for 2009. This is awarded to outstanding and experienced scientists who are well established in their fields of research. Prof. De Cola will be receiving almost two million euros for five years in order to realise a research project on the application of porous nanoaterial. This is the second prestigious ERC grant to go to Münster within just a few weeks. In October Dr. Yong Lei from the Institute of Material Physics was awarded a 1.4 million euro grant for junior scientists.

Prof. De Cola is doing research into porous nano-material and its application in medical imaging. In particular she is attempting to produce very small "containers" - just a few nanometres in size - made of silicate (glass). The aim is to charge these porous particles with medicines or with molecules such as antibiotics, light-emitting colorants, radioactive ions or contrast agents for the purposes of medical diagnosis.

She also wants to develop a mechanism to enable the containers to open and close and thus release their contents. Together with Dr. Cristian Strassert, Prof. De Cola has already demonstrated that nano-containers can detect and successfully fight bacteria under laboratory conditions. In the next step she wants to apply this method to cancer cells.

Prof. De Cola also uses this type of porous nano-material to develop special coatings on which cells can grow. She wants to show that these coatings can be used to control cell development and communication.

Since 2005 Prof. De Cola has been leading a Physical Photochemistry and Photonic Materials working group at WWU; she also works at Münster's CeNTech (Center for Nanotechnology). The focus of her research is in nano-electronics, nano-photonics and bio-medicine, in the fields of diagnosis and imaging. "My dream," she says, "is to break down barriers between institutes. I would love to bring together scientists from all over the world so that they can all profit from one another's knowledge." Her own working group is the best example of this. In it, around 30 physicists, chemists and bio-chemists from nine different countries work together.

Luisa De Cola studied chemistry at the University of Messina in Italy. After completing her PhD she dis research and taught in the USA. She returned to Italy to be a Professor at the University of Bologna before being offered a professorship at the University of Amsterdam. From there to moved to Münster. Here her working group is involved not only in the Collaborative Research Centre "MoBil", working closely with the departments of nuclear medicine and radiology, but also in the German-Chinese TRR 61 Collaborative Research Centre. De Cola is coordinator of the Nanoscience Europe Project, as well as being active in other European projects.

The Advanced Researcher Grant is awarded by the European Research Council to outstanding, independent researchers of all nationalities who want to carry out their research at an institute in a member country or in an associated country within the framework programme.

####

About Universität Münster
Around 5,000 people live and work at the WWU Münster. There are also about 40,000 students studying in a wide range of disciplines. Many of them are involved in political and cultural or other groups.

As a result, the University influences the cultural and social life of the city of Münster with its 280,000 inhabitants. Together with the University Clinic, the WWU is the biggest employer in the region. At the same time, the University benefits from the fact that Münster is a city characterised by being green, open and family-friendly: a town really worth living in.

For more information, please click here

Copyright © Universität Münster

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

A drop of water as a model for the interplay of adhesion and stiction June 30th, 2016

No need in supercomputers: Russian scientists suggest a PC to solve complex problems tens of times faster than with massive supercomputers June 30th, 2016

Surprising qualities of insulator ring surfaces: Surface phenomena in ring-shaped topological insulators are just as controllable as those in spheres made of the same material June 30th, 2016

How cancer cells spread and squeeze through tiny blood vessels (video) June 30th, 2016

Oxford Instruments and Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory collaborate to develop HTS magnet technology components for high field superconducting magnet systems June 29th, 2016

Imaging

How cancer cells spread and squeeze through tiny blood vessels (video) June 30th, 2016

Oxford Instruments and Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory collaborate to develop HTS magnet technology components for high field superconducting magnet systems June 29th, 2016

Nanomedicine

A drop of water as a model for the interplay of adhesion and stiction June 30th, 2016

How cancer cells spread and squeeze through tiny blood vessels (video) June 30th, 2016

Building a smart cardiac patch: 'Bionic' cardiac patch could one day monitor and respond to cardiac problems June 28th, 2016

Nanoscientists develop the 'ultimate discovery tool': Rapid discovery power is similar to what gene chips offer biology June 25th, 2016

Announcements

A drop of water as a model for the interplay of adhesion and stiction June 30th, 2016

No need in supercomputers: Russian scientists suggest a PC to solve complex problems tens of times faster than with massive supercomputers June 30th, 2016

Surprising qualities of insulator ring surfaces: Surface phenomena in ring-shaped topological insulators are just as controllable as those in spheres made of the same material June 30th, 2016

How cancer cells spread and squeeze through tiny blood vessels (video) June 30th, 2016

Grants/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

How cancer cells spread and squeeze through tiny blood vessels (video) June 30th, 2016

Nanoscientists develop the 'ultimate discovery tool': Rapid discovery power is similar to what gene chips offer biology June 25th, 2016

Ultrathin, flat lens resolves chirality and color: Multifunctional lens could replace bulky, expensive machines June 25th, 2016

Particle zoo in a quantum computer: First experimental quantum simulation of particle physics phenomena June 23rd, 2016

Nanobiotechnology

A drop of water as a model for the interplay of adhesion and stiction June 30th, 2016

How cancer cells spread and squeeze through tiny blood vessels (video) June 30th, 2016

Building a smart cardiac patch: 'Bionic' cardiac patch could one day monitor and respond to cardiac problems June 28th, 2016

Nanotechnology and math deliver two-in-one punch for cancer therapy resistance June 24th, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic