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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

 
In September 2006, Manchester hosted the largest optics event in the UK - Photon06, and it was attended by four members of the Laser Analytics group. Clemens Kaminski, Johan Hult, Alan Elder and Rosalynne Watt presented work encompassing a wide variety of research carried out by the group. The conference focused on optics, photonics and quantum electronics along with sessions dedicated to industrial applications, making it an ideal event for sharing of ideas and making contacts.

Five papers were presented focusing on the three main areas in which the Laser Analytics group is active; laser diagnostics for reactive gas flows, sensor development, and development and application of novel microscopy techniques.

microchannel
Lifetime image of a microchannel

supercontinuum
A supercontinuum

Laser Analytics Group

Johan Hult presented a paper on the first ever high speed (kHz) temperature measurements which are spatially resolved through the use of novel blue diode lasers invented by the group. Rosalynne Watt talked about her work on supercontinuum generation applied to the rapid measurement of gas composition for future applications in chemical process and atmospheric sensing. Alan Elder talked on the use of inexpensive light emitting diodes for frequency domain fluorescent lifetime imaging (FLIM) and applications in microchannels. Finally, Clemens Kaminski talked on the study of protein interactions in living cells via fluorescent resonant energy transfer (FRET) and finally invitro and invivo optical studies of bioresponsive polymers.

Latest news

Dr Ioanna Mela awarded funding from the National Biofilm Innovation Centre

4 June 2020

Dr Ioanna Mela, a Postdoctoral Research Associate working in the Laser Analytics Group with Prof Clemens Kaminski, has been awarded funding from the National Biofilm Innovation Centre, 3rd Proof of Concept Call, to investigate the potential of DNA nanostructures against oral biofilms.

New insight into protein misfolding could open up novel approaches to treat Parkinson’s disease

4 June 2020

A cross-institutional team of researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, have uncovered a link between the structure of the protein alpha-synuclein and its likelihood to misfold and aggregate.

New paper on DNA nanostructures as a tool for targeted antimicrobial delivery

1 May 2020

Dr Ioanna Mela’s paper on DNA nanostructures that can specifically target bacteria has been published by Angewandte Chemie.