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Research Zernike (ZIAM) News Colloquia

Shimon Weiss: Inorganic voltage nanosensors

When:Th 08-05-2014 16:00 - 17:00
Where:Lecture Hall: 5111.0080

We have been developing targetable voltage sensing inorganic nanoparticles (vsNPs) that are designed to self-insert into the cell membrane and optically record, non-invasively, action potential on the single-particle level, at multi-sites and in a large field-of-view.

Using the first generation of vsNPs, we measured large quantum confined Stark effect (QCSE) shifts as function of voltage (in-vitro, using electrodes) . We are currently working on functionalization and membrane insertion schemes for these probes.

Once fully developed, we hope that these vsNPs could be generally useful for the study of action potential signals in the central and peripheral nervous systems and in muscle tissues.


Park, K.; Deutsch, Z.; Li, J.J.; Oron, D.; Weiss, S.; “Single Molecule Quantum Confined Stark Effect Measurements of Semiconductor Nanoparticles atRoom Temperature”, ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 10013–10023.