on Optical Biosensing

      15-19 August 2022

General information

We cordially invite you to take part in the METANANO School on Optical Biosensing to be held online on 15-19 August 2022.
Optical biosensing is new fast growing interdisciplinary direction at the junction of nanophotonics, biochemistry, microfluidics, medicine. Due to the modern achievements in nanophotonics one can detect even single virus particles, sort the molecule of different chirality, or read DNA chains.

The world's best experts will give lectures grouped into a 5-day course on optical biosensing. The course will start from the fundamentals and will cover the latest achievements as well. The school is intended for students interested in broadening their knowledge and getting the skills necessary for conducting your own scientific research in this new exciting area.

All participants of the School will be offered to complete a written final test based on the school's lectures content. Students who will successfully pass the test (higher than 85% correct answers) will be awarded 3 ECTS.

The School is organized by the School of Physics and Engineering of ITMO University with financial support of Russian Science Foundation (grant № 21-72-30018).


Preliminary Program

Time in the program is GMT +3.


11:30 - 11:45

Opening Ceremony


11:00 - 12:30

Maria Soler

Topic: Developing label-free optical biosensors as ultimate solution for diagnostics and biomedicine Read abstract
11:00 - 12:30

Evgeniya Sheremet

Topic: Introduction to nano-Raman spectroscopy Read abstract
11:00 - 12:30

Frank Vollmer

Topic: Single-molecule sensing with optoplasmonic microcavities Read abstract
12:30 - 12:45



11:45 - 13:15

Mihail Petrov

Topic: Tutorial onplasmonic nanoresonators for light emission enhancement Read abstract


12:00 - 13:30

Q-Han Park

Topic: Introduction to Chiral sensing Read abstract


12:45 - 14:15

Andreas Tittl

Topic: Fundamentals of molecular spectroscopy Read abstract
12:45 - 14:15

Nikolai Khlebtsov

Topic: Plasmonic SERS tags: fabrication, optical properties, and applications to biosensing, bioimaging, and theranostics Read abstract
12:45 - 14:15

Pavel Melentiev

Topic: Quantum nano-plasmonics for biosensing and bioimaging on the level of single molecules and virions Read abstract


14:15 - 15:15

Lunch Break


13:15 - 13:30



13:30 - 15:00

Sang-Hyun Oh

Topic: Promises and challenges of nanoplasmonic biosensors Read abstract
13:30 - 13:45



15:00 - 16:00

Lunch Break


16:00 - 17:30

Timofey Pylaev

Topic: Plasmonic nanoparticle layers based optoporation system towards precise and controllable intracellular delivery of biomolecules Read abstract


15:15 - 16:45

Hatice Altug

Topic: Mid-Infrared Metasurfaces for Biosensing and Imaging Read abstract
15:15 - 16:45

Jian-An Huang

Topic: Plasmonic hot spot engineering for reliable SERS biosensors: from reproducible detection, quantitative analysis to single-molecule sequencing Read abstract
15:15 - 16:30

Lunch Break


16:45 - 17:00



17:00 - 18:30

Fritz Keilmann

Topic: Superresolution nanoscopy using mid-infrared light Read abstract


13:45 - 15:15

Thomas Weiss

Topic: Theory of chiral light-matter interaction Read abstract


16:30 - 18:00

Alexander Govorov

Topic: Plasmonic Metastructures and DNA-Assemblies for Optics and Photochemistry: the Origin of Chirality, the 2D World, and Hot Electrons Read abstract


18:00 - 18:30



18:30 - 20:00

Jennifer Dionne

Topic: Emerging nanophotonic platforms for infectious disease diagnostics: Re-imagining the conventional microbiology toolkit Read abstract


20:00 - 20:30

Closing Ceremony



Plasmonics study the interaction of electromagnetic waves with metallic nanostructures capable to enhance the incident field in several orders due to so-called "plasmonic resonances". These resonances are very sensitive to the environment and, thus, can be used for the detection of biomolecules.

  • #Plasmonics
  • #Surface plasmon resonance; #SPR
  • #Localized surface plasmon resonance; #LSPR
  • #Plasmonic nanoparticles;
  • #Surface plasmon polariton; #SPP

All biomolecules including amino acids, enzymes, proteins, etc have multiple chemical bonds which have their own mechanical resonances in the mid-infrared spectrum. These resonances manifest themselves as resonant peaks in absorption spectra. Each molecule has a unique set of resonances allowing one to identify it unambiguously.

  • #mid-IR spectroscopy
  • #Surface enhanced infrared absorption; #SEIRA
  • #metasurfaces
  • #vibrational modes
  • #chemical bonds

The mechanical resonances of chemical bonds of biomolecules manifest themselves not only in the absorption spectra in the mid-infrared spectrum but also in the scattering spectra in the visible range. The scattering of incident light becomes modulated at the frequencies of the mechanical oscillations. This results in the appearance of additional peaks in the scattering spectra (Raman peaks). The intensity of these peaks can be drastically enhanced in the vicinity of plasmonic structures allowing even single-molecule detection.

  • #Raman scattering
  • #Stokes and anti-Stokes lines
  • #Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy; #SERS
  • #Plasmonic nanostructures
  • #vibrational modes
  • #chemical bonds

Single-molecule detection represents the ultimate goal of ultrasensitive chemical analysis and it has already had a large impact on our understanding of biological materials and processes. There many techniques allowing detection of single molecules including fluorescence methods, single molecule surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, label-free methods used ultra-high-Q resonators.

  • #high-Q resonators
  • #photonic crystal cavity
  • #whispering gallery modes
  • #label-free detection
  • #fluorescence microscopy

Chirality plays an essential role in life, providing unique functionalities to a wide range of biomolecules, chemicals, and drugs, which makes chiral sensing and analysis critically important. The detection and differentiation of enantiomers in small quantities are crucially important in many scientific fields, including biology, chemistry, and pharmacy. Chiral molecules manifest their handedness in their interaction with the chiral state of light, which is commonly leveraged in circular dichroism spectroscopy — the difference in the absorption of left- and right-handed circularly polarized waves.

  • #Circular dichroism; #CD
  • #Chiroptical spectroscopy
  • #Circular polarization
  • #Chirality
  • #Chiral molecules


Selection of the School participants is made on the basis of applicant’s CV and motivation.
Application to the School is closed. The results of selection will be announced by 25 July via email you indicated in the application form.

Early fee
before 8 August
Late fee
from 9 August
Online 65 EUR
85 EUR

The fee includes tuition, lecture materials and 3 ECTS certificates upon successful completion of the exam.

Important Dates

  • 11 July 2022 – Application deadline

  • 18 July 2022 – Extended Application deadline

  • 25 July 2022 - Decision on acceptance to the School

  • 15-19 August 2022 – METANANO School on Optical Biosensing


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