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PhD Thesis “PhD Thesis Hydrogel biofunctionalisation for nanocellulose-based biosensing platform”

Health & Bioresources
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Closing Date


There is a growing demand for cost-effective, environmentally friendly and disposable biosensing platforms to determine quantitatively the presence of biomolecules (e.g. Drugs-of-Abuse) at the point-of-care. To this end, an effective approach is the use of nanocellulose and printed electronics technologies for the fabrication of the electrochemical sensors. For the detection of the biomolecular interaction on the surface (e.g. biomolecule binding to an antibody) a proper surface modification concept (biofunctionalisation) has to be developed.

The topic of this PhD Thesis will be the investigation of the hydrogel-based biofunctionalisation by inkjet printing of the nanocellulose-based sensors.



- Elaboration of suitable hydrogel-based biofunctionalisation schemes for the electrochemical detection of biomolecules

- Formulation and printing of hydrogel-based bioinks for inkjet printing

- Performance and evaluation of electrochemical measurements

- Interaction with external industrial project partners


Candidate profile

- Master degree in chemistry, technical chemistry or material science

- Practical skills in chemical laboratory work

- Interest in surface biofunctionalisation, hydrogel technology and electrochemistry

- Disciplined, self-motivated work style and ability to work independently



Your compensation:

AT least € 2.045,10 gross for 30 hours per month standard personnel salaries for FWF project proposals


Main contact
Name: Maria Leonhard-Maurer
Phone: +43 (0) 50550-2032

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