Several publications accepted!

What a New Year present! Three papers were accepted for publication within two weeks, and two more submitted. Two manuscripts deal with the use of super-resolution localization microscopy to characterize nanoscale materials, whereas three manuscripts describe novel plasmonic sensors for DNA, protein, and enzymes. Thanks to all authors and collaborators for a great effort, you […]

Dutch Design Week

The ITN SuperCol (a European consortium coordinated by Peter Zijlstra) contributes to an exhibition themed ‘Sensing the Invisible’ in a joint exhibit with students and researchers of the ITN Consense, the international student competition SensUs, and the research group Molecular Plasmonics of SuperCol coordinator Dr Peter Zijlstra. The exhibit shows the future of biosensors and […]

Special issue in J. Chem. Phys.

Peter served as an editor of a special issue in JCP called “The Ever-Expanding Optics of Single-Molecules and Nanoparticles”. The issue highlights recent advances in single-molecule optics that stemmed from the pioneering work of, amongst others, Prof. Michel Orrit (who will formally retire in 2022). Other guest editors are Haw Yang, Frank Cichos, and Ted […]

NWO OTP grant awarded!

Received a grant to develop the next generation of water sensors together with industry The increasing population results in increasing contamination of the environment, notably water. This not only affects animal life, but may also threaten the supply of clean drinking water in the future. Monitoring of water quality at water treatment facilities and in […]

Correlative microscopy of single self-assembled nanorod dimers for refractometric sensing

Michael A. Beuwer, Peter Zijlstra* Single metallic particles and dimers of nanospheres have been used extensively for sensing, but dimers of particles provide attractive advantages because they exhibit multiple modes that can be tuned by the dimer geometry. Here, we employ correlative microscopy of single self-assembled dimers of gold nanorods to study their performance as […]

Imaging and Localization of Single Emitters near Plasmonic Particles of Different Size, Shape, and Material

Frank Bloksma, Peter Zijlstra* Colloidal plasmonic materials are increasingly used in biosensing and catalysis, which has sparked the use of super-resolution localization microscopy to visualize processes at the interface of the particles. We quantify the effect of particle–emitter coupling on super-resolution localization accuracy by simulating the point spread function (PSF) of single emitters near a […]

PhD vacancy available

We are excited to announce that a PhD vacancy is available for application at the molecular plasmonics group in Eindhoven University of Technology. PhD position on single-molecule plasmon sensing The PhD student will develop single-molecule and continuous biosensing principles based on plasmonic nanoparticles and optical detection methods. The project involves the design of plasmonic sensing […]