Nano-bio and nano physics

Nano-bio physics and nano physics constitute two of the school domain topics, they are roadmaps of a long-term collaboration between campuses and keystones to the student’s training and career development.

Nano-bio physics

Studying individual (bio)molecules, one by one, at the nanoscale is essential for understanding, controlling and exploiting their fundamental properties. One example of a high impact application of nano-bio-physics developed by one of the projects in this school is on-chip DNA detection, where each molecule in a fluidic sample is analysed. For this, it is necessary to use detectors, tools and setups that are sensitive enough to record such low signals. In this respect, this domain can strongly benefit from the expertise of our colleagues in ultrafast laser optics for detecting small optical signals and for advanced spectroscopy, and from particle physics for data acquisition and close-to-real-time processing. Lund and HH have cleanrooms with state-of- the-art tools needed for integrated device fabrication for molecule manipulation, and (bio)labs and expertise on single bio-molecule detection and analysis.

Nano physics

Nanophysics aims at an atomic scale control over size and shape of our nano objects, which is intimately related to their functionality in electronic of catalytic applications. The planned common projects will allow us to make best use of expertise and infrastructures present in Lund as well as in Hamburg, such as Max IV, NanoLund, DESY NanoLab, PETRA III and CHyN. The development of common instruments and measurement protocols will allow us to systematically investigate the atomic structure of nano-objects (such as particles or wires) under synthesis or operando conditions.