ICMAT 2011 Singapore: Final Session – Sensing / Probes

Symposium Chair Prof Dave Fernig of the University of Liverpool closing the Symposium

Thursday 1st July was the final day of the Fontiers in Optical Bio-Imaging and Microscopy Symposium

AA8-1 (Invited Talk)

Looking for Clues – Solving Complex Problems with Biologically Inspired Heuristics

Paul Stewart and Jun Chen (University of Lincoln), David Fernig (University of Liverpool), Laurence Duchesne (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France)


New Probes for Imaging: Ligand Shells for Nanoparticles

David Fernig (University of Liverpool), Laurence Duchesne (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France)

Martin Lear, National University of Singapore presents 'Fluorescent Labelling of Drugs and Natural Products'

Finally Colin Dowding closed our participation in the conference today by presenting:


Topography of Features Machined into Bisphenol A Polycarbonate Using Closed Thick Film Flowing Filtered Water Immersed KrF Excimer Laser Ablation

Colin Dowding, Jonathan Lawrence and Paul Stewart (University of Lincoln.

in the Nanoscale Characterization session

ICMAT 2011 Singapore: Frontiers in Optical Bio-Imaging and Microscopy Poster Session

ICMAT 2011 Symposium AA Poster Session and drinks reception

The poster session for the Frontiers in Optical Bio-Imaging and Microscopy Symposium was combined with a drinks reception funded by a donation from the Singapore Chapter of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The session was very well attended, with the posters sparking lively debate and discussion

Prof Dave Fernig (L-University of Liverpool) discusses laser materials processing with Dr Colin Dowding (R - University of Lincoln School of Engineering)

ICMAT 2011 Singapore

View towards the waterfront from our hotel

Our Symposium “AA” Frontiers in Optical Bio-Imaging and Microscopy kicks off tomorrow and runs for the whole week as one of the parallel conference sessions.

Researchers from the Universities of Lincoln and Liverpool have been arriving and battling jet lag over the weekend.

Laurence Duchesne will be kicking off proceedings tomorrow afternoon with

Heparan Sulphate Determines the Modes of Diffusion of Fibroplast Growth Factor 2 Within the Pericellular Matrix

In the Photothermal Microscopy session

view of the atrium in the Singapore Holiday Inn Atrium, where we are staying this week
L-R Prof Dave Fernig (1), Dr Colin Dowding (2), Dr Laurence Duchesne (3), Dr Raphael Levy (1). 1:Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool. 2:School of Engineering, University of Lincoln. 3: Institut du Fer a Moulin, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

Lincoln:Engineering at ICMAT 2011 in Singapore

ICMAT – The International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies will be held at Suntec in Singapore from 26th June to the 1st July 2011.

The conference attracts more than 2000 delegates, including plenary lectures from many Nobel Prizewinners. It is organised by the Materials Research Society of Singapore, and is affiliated to the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS)

Lincoln University will be represented by members of the School of Engineering, and will feature some of the Interdisciplinary work on BioInformatics currently being performed by Prof Paul Stewart in collaboration with Prof Dave Fernig of the University of Liverpool.

Also representing Lincoln will be Dr Colin Dowding of the School of Engineering who will be presenting on Laser Materials Processing for BioMimetics.

Profs Stewart and Fernig will be presenting in:

Symposium: Frontiers in Optical Bio-imaging and Microscopy

The symposium includes cutting edge methodologies in optical, spectroscopic and kinetic imaging microscopy. The methodologies include novel probe techniques as well as novel microscopies. The imaging and spectroscopic methods that will be showcased will be already or could very soon be applied to biological imaging. Imaging methods include: refractive index change, interferometry, tomography (OCT), lifetime imaging, spectral imaging, TERS, SERS, photothermal imaging, STED, PALM, STORM and FIONA, fluorescence plus others.

  • Fernig D.G. and Stewart P.“Heparan sulfate determines the modes of diffusion of fibroblast growth factor 2 within the pericellular matrix”
  • Stewart P. and Fernig D.G. ‘Bio:Eng, Bridging the gaps between engineering and biology’

Dr Dowding and Prof Stewart will be presenting in:

Symposium: Nanoscale Patterning, Assembly, and Surface Modification

More information on the conference can be found at: