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Join us at BIYSC! NanoLight: light and matter at the nanoscale

Willing to challenge photonics using nanoparticles for cancer therapy?

Join us at the two-week excellence program Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) of Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation and work hands-on with leading researchers at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). The students participating in the ‘NanoLight’ project will fabricate their own nanoparticles to face a series of photonic challenges involving ultimately the interaction of light with living cells, at the core of cancer diagnosis and therapies. Dr. Romain Quidant, group leader of the Plasmon NanoOptics group at ICFO and coordinator of the project, encourages young talented students to participate in this multidisciplinary project as an opportunity to work in different scientific disciplines.

The participants of this project will focus on the interaction of light with metallic nanoparticles. They will understand how the free electrons on these nanoparticles resonate with the electric field of light, and how this resonance depends on the composition and more critically on the size and form of the nanoparticles. The students will then be asked to solve a series of chained challenges like a gymnkhana –which go from aligning an optical experiment to being part of the process of nanofabrication– with the ultimate goal of controlling and measuring heat generation at the nanoscale. A potential application of this technique is photothermal cancer therapy, in which cancerous cells are destroyed with concentrated heat.

If you want be involved in cutting-edge research of photonics at the nanoscale, dealing with nanomedicine, solar cells, new materials, and even quantum information, this stay at ICFO is a great opportuninty!


Do you love science? Apply now!

Check all the information at www.biysc.org.


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