Nanotechnology Now





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > JPK reports on the biophysical research activities of Dr Michael Higgins of IPRI and ACES at the University of Wollongong in Australia

Dr Michael Higgins at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) and ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Sciences (ACES), University of Wollongong, Australia, with his JPK NanoWizard® AFM system
Dr Michael Higgins at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) and ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Sciences (ACES), University of Wollongong, Australia, with his JPK NanoWizard® AFM system

Abstract:
PK Instruments, a world-leading manufacturer of nanoanalytic instrumentation for research in life sciences and soft matter, reports on the use of AFM to study the nanoscale interactions of biological systems at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) and ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) of the University of Wollongong in the group of Dr Michael Higgins.

JPK reports on the biophysical research activities of Dr Michael Higgins of IPRI and ACES at the University of Wollongong in Australia

Berlin, Germany | Posted on June 12th, 2012

Dr Michael Higgins is currently an ARC Australian Research Fellow in the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong (UOW) and leading research on the application of Scanning Probe Microscopy to biological systems. Dr Higgins's main interest and research has focused on the application of AFM to study the nanoscale interactions of biological systems, including living cells, model lipid membranes, single ligand-receptor interactions, individual protein unfolding, fundamental surface-force interactions, as well as being involved in AFM instrument development. He now has over 15 years of experience with AFM in the field of Biophysics.

Dr Higgins described his research goals: "We wish to develop organic conductors (CNT, graphene, conducting polymers) as advanced electrode coatings in biological applications, including electronic in vitro culture systems (e.g. electronic petri dishes), implantable electrodes for tissue regeneration and electroactive coatings for preventing inflammatory responses or bacterial adhesion. The premise for using these materials is that we can use electrical stimulation to control cell interactions."

He continued: "The motivation is that in order to successfully develop these types electrodes, we need a much better understanding of the cellular - material interface. For example, how do we fabricate these materials so that they make a better electrical 'connection' to the living cell or tissues? Or how can we harness their dynamic, electromaterial properties to control cell interactions? These will require an ability to guide cell growth toward the electrode, enhance cell-electrode adhesion, tailor surface chemistry for biomolecular and cellular recognition, and then ultimately use electrical stimulation via the electrode to control the cell interactions."

Having used a variety of commercial systems over a ten year period, the advent of the JPK NanoWizard® has provided new opportunities for advanced research and experimental flexibility. "We like the way it integrates well with optical techniques while the Fluid cell has several nice configurations (e.g. petri dish holders, BioCell™ etc…) that enable live cell studies. Specifically for us, the range of electrochemical cell configurations enables us to study single molecule and cell interactions in response to different electromaterials and electrical stimulation."

For more details about JPK's specialist products and applications for the bio and nano sciences, please contact JPK on +49 30533112070, visit the web site: www.jpk.com/ or see more on Facebook: www.jpk.com/facebook.

####

About JPK Instruments (JPK)
JPK Instruments AG is a world-leading manufacturer of nanoanalytic instruments – particularly atomic force microscope (AFM) systems and optical tweezers – for a broad range of applications reaching from soft matter physics to nano-optics, from surface chemistry to cell and molecular biology. From its earliest days applying atomic force microscope (AFM) technology, JPK has recognized the opportunities provided by nanotechnology for transforming life sciences and soft matter research. This focus has driven JPK's success in uniting the worlds of nanotechnology tools and life science applications by offering cutting-edge technology and unique applications expertise. Headquartered in Berlin and with direct operations in Dresden, Cambridge (UK), Singapore, Tokyo and Paris (France), JPK maintains a global network of distributors and support centers and provides on the spot applications and service support to an ever-growing community of researchers.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
JPK Instruments AG
Bouchéstrasse 12
Haus 2, Aufgang C
Berlin 12435
Germany
T +49 30533112070
F +49 30 5331 22555
http://www.jpk.com/


Talking Science Limited
39 de Bohun Court
Saffron Walden
Essex CB10 2BA
United Kingdom
T +44(0)1799 521881
M +44(0)7843 012997
http://www.talking-science.com/

Copyright © JPK Instruments (JPK)

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

Compact, Low Cost, Accurate: Mini Positioning Stages, by PI June 30th, 2015

NEI Announces the Issuance of Multiple Patents on Self-Healing & Superhydrophobic Coatings June 30th, 2015

Philips Introduces Quantum Dot TV with Color IQ™ Technology from QD Vision: Manufacturer is first to offer quantum dot displays for both TVs and monitors June 30th, 2015

Oxford Instruments’ TritonXL Cryofree dilution refrigerator selected for the Oxford NQIT Quantum Technology Hub project June 30th, 2015

Visible Light-Sensitive Photocatalysts Used for Purification of Contaminated Water in Iran June 30th, 2015

Imaging

Carnegie Mellon chemists characterize 3-D macroporous hydrogels: Methods will allow researchers to develop new 'smart' materials June 30th, 2015

How Graphene–based Nanomaterials and Films Revolutionize Science Explained in July 9 Webinar Hosted by Park Systems June 29th, 2015

Announcements

BASF and Fraunhofer IPMS-CNT jointly develop electronic materials June 30th, 2015

Graphene flexes its electronic muscles: Rice-led researchers calculate electrical properties of carbon cones, other shapes June 30th, 2015

Researchers from the UCA, key players in a pioneering study that may explain the origin of several digestive diseases June 30th, 2015

Oxford Instruments’ TritonXL Cryofree dilution refrigerator selected for the Oxford NQIT Quantum Technology Hub project June 30th, 2015

Tools

Compact, Low Cost, Accurate: Mini Positioning Stages, by PI June 30th, 2015

Carnegie Mellon chemists characterize 3-D macroporous hydrogels: Methods will allow researchers to develop new 'smart' materials June 30th, 2015

Oxford Instruments’ TritonXL Cryofree dilution refrigerator selected for the Oxford NQIT Quantum Technology Hub project June 30th, 2015

How Graphene–based Nanomaterials and Films Revolutionize Science Explained in July 9 Webinar Hosted by Park Systems June 29th, 2015

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