Open Access at iONE-FP7

OpenAIREplus_logoSome of the iONE-FP7 publications are listed in the OpenAire Open Access repository and some of them are even available for free in full text! Despite the Open Access is fully voluntary in FP7, we all hope this will accelerate the progress of research of these perspective technologies, with strong possibility to restore organ functionality (spinal cord injury in iONE-FP7 case). The link to Cordis-OpenAire is here.

Notes from ICOE workshop on Implantable Organic Electronics ONLINE!

DSCN1717See the main ideas of the top speakers from the field of Implantable Organic Electronics. The iONE-FP7 coorganized a one-day workshop on Implantable Organic Electronics on Monday 9th June 2014. Speakers like F. Biscarini (UNIMORE), G. Malliaras (EMSE), M. Berggren (LiU) , T. Someya (Tokio), R. Antognazza (PoliMI), T. Cramer (CNR), P. Bergonzo (Saclay), D. Simon (LiU), P. Greco (Scriba Nanotecnologie), S. Lacour (EPFL), R. Garcia (CSIC) and F. Zerbetto (UNIBO) presented their recent work in this field.

The notes from this workshop could be downloaded from this link.

ICOE satellite workshop on implantable organic electronics

DSCN1693iONE-FP7 co-organized a one-day workshop on Implantable Organic Electronics on Monday 9th June 2014, which started the week full of events associated to the 10th International Conference on Organic Electronics (ICOE). Speakers like F. Biscarini (UNIMORE), G. Malliaras (EMSE), M. Berggren (LiU) , T. Someya (Tokio), R. Antognazza (PoliMI), T. Cramer (CNR), P. Bergonzo (Saclay), D. Simon (LiU), P. Greco (Scriba Nanotecnologie), S. Lacour (EPFL), R. Garcia (CSIC) and F. Zerbetto (UNIBO) presented their recent work in this field. The workshop has been organized in a beautiful lecture room of Accademia Nazionale di Scienze, Lettere e Arti in Modena and attracted over 30 participants out of 170 ICOE participants. The summary of this workshop will be available at this page soon.

Link to the 10th International Conference on Organic Electronics in Modena, june 11-13, 2014.

Prof. Magnus Berggren awarded 2014 Marcus Wallenberg Prize

Magnus_priceProf. Magnus Berggren (Linköping University – partner of iONE-FP7) has been awarded 2014 Marcus Wallenberg Prize (2 million SEK) for his pioneering research that strongly facilitated growth of printable electronics. The official announcement states Prof. Berggren has developed ion-based, electrochemical transistors operating at low voltages, which are easy to print even at relatively rough surfaces, like paper. Using the same basic technology has also contributed to development of organic bioelectronics – components that enable communication between biological systems (ions) and electronics (electrons) – for use in medicine and diagnostics.

The official ceremony will take place on 22 September in Stockholm. The whole iONE-FP7 consortium congratulates to Prof. Berggren and looking forward to the continuing cooperation towards a new Active Medical Implantable Device.


iONE-FP7 article: How the Reorganization Free Energy Affects the Reduction Potential of Structurally Homologous Cytochromes

Journal of Phys Chem LettersIsabella Daidone, Andrea Amadei, Francesco Zaccanti, Marco Borsari and Carlo Augusto Bortolotti

J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2014, 5, 15341540

Differences in the reduction potential E0  among structurally similar metalloproteins cannot always be fully explained on the basis of their 3-D structures. We investigate the molecular determinants to E0  using the mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics approach named perturbed matrix method (PMM); after comparison with experimental values to assess the reliability of our calculations, we investigate the relationship between the change in free energy upon reduction ΔA0  and the reorganization energy. We find that the reduction potential of cytochromes can be regarded as the result of the sum of two terms, one being mostly dependent on the energy fluctuations within a limited range around the mean transition energy and the second being mostly dependent linearly on the diff erence Δλ  = λred − λox  of the reorganization free energies for the ox →  red (λred ) and for the red →  ox (λox ) relaxations.

New iONE-FP7 joint article in Advanced Materials

coverAMElectrocardiographic Recording with Conformable Organic Electrochemical Transistor Fabricated on Resorbable Bioscaffold

Organic electrochemical transistors are fabricated on a poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide) substrate. Fast and sensitive performance of the transistors allows recording of the electrocardiogram. The result paves the way for new types of bioelectronic interfaces with reduced invasiveness due to bioresorption and soft mechanical properties.

Campana, A., Cramer, T., Simon, D. T., Berggren, M. and Biscarini, F. (2014), Electrocardiographic Recording with Conformable Organic Electrochemical Transistor Fabricated on Resorbable Bioscaffold. Adv. Mater.. doi: 10.1002/adma.201400263

The 5th Call for Proposals of the EuroNanomed initiative is launched

Euronanomed2Through 4 successful Joint Transnational Calls launched from 2009 to 2013, the EuroNanoMed ERA-NET initiative has allocated about € 32 Million to transnational research projects in Nanomedicine.

The ERA-NET EuroNanoMed II launches a fifth Joint Call for Proposals to support transnational innovative research projects in Nanomedicine. Thirteen countries/regions are participating to this call for proposals: Belgium/Flanders, Belgium/Wallonia, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden.

Registration and electronic proposal submission must be completed before Tuesday 4th March 2014 17:00:00 CET. 

More information here.

Funding opportunities for basic and applied research in the spinal cord therapy

Improve rehabilitation for limb salvage and spinal injury patients is one of the targets of  Clinical and rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP) of the US Army Medical Department – Medical Research and Materiel Command. This organization launched call for applications on 1st October 2013.

Research and development funded through this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is intended and expected to benefit and inform both military and civilian medical practice and knowledge. In accordance with FAR 6.102, projects funded under this BAA must be for basic and applied research and that part of development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement. Projects must be for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding rather than focusing on a specific system or hardware solution.

Further details could be found at:


Calcium wave imaging of Neural Stem/Progenitor Cells

SC-NPCs Ca imagingUCAM researcher Matteo Donegà presented recently Calcium wave imaging of mouse Spinal Cord-derived Neural Stem/Progenitor Cells (SC-NPCs) differentiating into neurons.

Video has been recorded with a Leica inverted live-imaging microscope, acquiring pictures every 3 seconds, in 10 minutes (200 frames) recording at 37°C and 5% CO2.

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The successful M18 review meeting in Norrköping

Foto_consortium_M18The sunny atmosphere was with iONE_FP7 consortium during the crucial M18 technical and review meeting in Norrköping (2nd largest campus of University of Linköping).

The consortium presented various achievements towards preparation of various individual devices, based on organic electronics on biocompatible or biodegradable substrates. The consortium also received a strong encouragement from responsible Project Officer of the European Commission. Many challenges are ahead of the team, leading to integration works of various components in to a system(s), which will be evaluated in-vivo.