Harvard Brigham
Vollmer Laboratory of Nanophotonics and Biosensing

Taking Detection to the Limit: Biosensing with Optical

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WE Heraeus Foundation

560. WE Heraeus Seminar

14th - 18th April 2014

Venue: Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany directions

Organisers: Frank Vollmer & Harald Schwefel
Contact Address: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
                            Gunther Scharowksy Str. 1 / Bau 24
                            91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone: +49(0)9131-6877-480/101
Fax: +49(0)9131-6877-509/109
Web: http://www.mpl.mpg.de/research-groups/bfp/

Many thanks to all attendees for making the workshop such a success! We hope to see you all next time.

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Biosensing with high Q microcavities is emerging as one of the most sensitive approaches for detecting biomolecules on chip-scale devices without the need for labels. This seminar will bring together researchers from various areas that use whispering gallery mode resonators for molecular diagnostics, single molecule analysis, nanoparticle detection and -manipulation. With particular focus on students and newcomers to the field, the seminar will review the various sensing mechanisms and devices, as well as survey the most recent developments such as self-referenced measurements, plasmon enhancements, optical forces for nanoparticle manipulation and the design of active devices. Furthermore, the seminar will define the molecular challenges in label-free biosensing and provide an outlook on the exciting capabilities of functionalized high-Q microcavities in the life sciences. This event will be an excellent networking platform to stimulate various interdisciplinary and international collaborations. The seminar is kindly supported by the Wilhem and Else Heraeus Foundation.

Registration - now closed

  • No conference fee will be charged, local expenses for accommodation and food will be covered (the seminar is kindly supported by the WE Heraeus Foundation)
  • The total number of participants is limited to about 70
  • Registration is now closed - thank you to all who have registered.
  • Participants may be required to share a room
  • If your application is accepted you will receive notification from the WE Heraeus Foundation after the registration deadline.

List of invited speakers:

  • Stephen Arnold, Poly NYU, USA
  • Ryan Bailey, UIUC, USA
  • Oliver Benson, HU Berlin, Germany
  • Peter Bienstmann, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Paola Borri, Cardiff, UK
  • Warwick Bowen, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Gilberto Brambilla, Southampton, UK
  • Tal Carmon, University of Michigan, USA
  • Ken Crozier, Harvard, USA
  • Barak Dayan, Weizmann Institute, Israel
  • Camille Delezoide, ENS Cachan, France
  • Petra Dittrich, ETH, Switzerland
  • Sherman Fan, University of Michigan, USA
  • Gianluca Gagliardi, Naples, Italy
  • Tijmen Euser, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Michael Himmelhaus, NanoBioAnalytics, Berlin, Germany
  • Heinz Kalt, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany
  • Peter Loock, Queen's University, Canada
  • Tao Lu, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Sile Nic Chormaic, OIST, Japan
  • Oskar Painter, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Qimin Quan, Rowland Institute/Harvard University, USA
  • Arno Rauschenbeutel, Atominstitut Vienna, Austria
  • Vahid Sandoghdar, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Oliver Schmidt, IFW Dresden, Germany
  • Jan Wiersig, University of Magdeburg, Germany
  • Kerry Wilson, Imperial College London, UK
  • Yunfeng Xiao, Peking University, China
  • Lan Yang, University of Washington St. Louis, USA
  • Peter Zijlstra, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands


A copy of the program can be downloaded from here.

A copy of the abstract booklet can be downloaded from here.


Organisers: Harald Schwefel and Frank Vollmer

Group photo of all attendees