Sign up here to apply for participation at the Polynano Summer School 2018.


The summer school takes place 13-31 August 2018. Read more about the summer school here:


During the sign up process you will be asked to rank the following three tracks according to your preferences:


Optical trapping: The technique of optical trapping has become widely used in biological physics, in questions where mechanical action of molecules or mechanical properties of cells are believed to be of biological importance. In the "optical trapping track" of the PolyNano summer school, students will get first-hand experience with optical trapping in a so-called "optical stretcher" configuration, embedded into a polymer microfluidic system


Electrochemical bioanalysis: Lab on a chip (LOC) devices have been widely employed for analysis of biomolecules in biological samples. Among the possible detection techniques, the significance of electrochemical applications has increased due to the inherent sensitivity as well as suitability for miniaturization and parallelization. In the “Electrochemical bioanalysis track” of the PolyNano Summer School, students will get hands-on training in preparation of LOC devices for electrochemical experiments and bioanalysis of, e.g., dopamine that has significance as both neurotransmitter and hormone. The practical work includes electrical and fluidic interfacing of LOC devices as well as chemical electrode modifications and their characterization using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. Bioanalysis using the prepared LOC devices as micro-flow-injection analyzers (µFIA) will be performed amperometrically.


DNA Nanofluidics: Nanofluidics enables studying single molecules. In particular, it is used for arraying and/or stretching single genomic DNA molecules so they can be imaged by fluorescence microscopy. In the “DNA nanofluidics track" of the PolyNano summer school, students will gain hands-on experience with running a nanofluidic device for arraying single molecules and thereby understand the basic concept of entropic trapping.


Please note, once you've submitted your application you will receive an email confirmation that we've received your application. You have not been admitted to the summer school before you receive an email from us clearly stating your acceptance.


Upon acceptance you will receive further information about payment of the summer school registration fee of €450.



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