at the interface of nanotechnology and life sciences

The research group NanoBio is an applied research group (lectoraat) at the Saxion University of Applied Sciences, located in the cities of Enschede and Deventer (The Netherlands).  

We are initiating, coordinating and executing applied research at the interface of nano- and microtechnology and life sciences.

Research topics include:
- molecular sensing technologies
- lab-on-a-chip / organ-on-a-chip
- nanostructured surfaces and nanomaterials
- societal embedding of nanotechnology

The research group is chaired by Martin Bennink



3S students measure corona spike proteins in buffer

February 6th, 2021

Luke Wenneker, Harald van Beuzekom, Hala Jawad, Lieke Mooij, Maruska Nijrolder en Odile Kolkman make up the 3S group CoviSens and have shown that it is possible to measure 10 ug/ml spike protein in buffer using a photonic biosensor. The spike protein is one of the proteins that are part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (corona virus).

These experiments are a very important step in the development of a table-top demonstrator, to be used for fast screening of corona in for example testing facilities, nursing homes, airports and train stations.

New project granted: Developing a new glucose sensor

January 26th, 2021



NanoBio, ZGT, the University of Twente and Inreda Diabetic have been granted a Pioneers-in-Healthcare award of 60.000 euros. In this project we will develop a new glucose sensor for the artificial pancreas (AP), that Inreda Diabetic is developing. We aim for a sensor that is faster, more accurate and can be used for a longer time. The research furthermore includes a study on the acceptance of the AP by adults an children with diabetes.

Season's greetings

December 24th, 2020

The NanoBio group wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas holiday and all the best for the new year 2021. Enjoy your free time, spend some well-deserved time with your family and/or friends, relax a bit and we hope to meet you (again) in 2021. We will restart our activities on the 4th of January 2021.

CSI 2.0: Hoe een misdaad sneller opgelost kan worden dankzij lichtgevende vingerafdrukken en slimme wattenstaafjes

October 28th, 2020

Jaap Knotter and Martin Bennink are interviewed by EenVandaag and talk about the projects DaVinciQD and AdemForsa. Check the article and videos on the EenVandaag website

EditieNL (RTL4): Hoe vers is deze vingerafdruk?

October 23st, 2020

Today Jaap Knotter and Martin Bennink were interviewed by EditieNL and the have made a 2-minute video which was broadcasted on RTL 4, Friday Oct 23rd, 2020, 18.30 hours, on the project DaVinciQD: Check out the video, right here:

Jaap Knotter and Martin Bennink in NOS Tech-Podcast

October 22st, 2020

Today Jaap Knotter and Martin Bennink were interviewed by Casper Meijer on technological innovations for police investigations. Check out the NOS tech podcast about the DaVinciQD and AdemForsa project:

Premium article in local newspaper Tubantia (Oct 21)

October 21st, 2020

Today the local newspaper Tubantia has published 2 articles on our DaVinci project. It starts with an item "Veel eerder bewijs tegen misdadigers" on the front page, and a more extended article, covering almost 2 pages can be found in the same paper on page 12 and 13.  This project (DaVinciQD) has started earlier spring this year and is an active collaboration between the research groups NanoBio and Advanced Forensic Technology (AFT, Jaap Knotter), the PolitieAcademieUniversity of TwenteNFI and a number of small companies (for more information on the project, go here).

Online premium article can be found here:

NanoBio at Dutch Design Week 2020

Thursday October 22nd, an interesting webinar on Biomimicry "Share Nature's vibe" will be organized as part of the Dutch Design Week, which this year will be in a virtual format. 

One of the speakers in this Biomimicry webinar is Martin Bennink, who will discuss some of the results we have obtained in the NanoBio group in studying nanostructures of biological structures using electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Goal is to understand how these nanostructures lead to the interesting properties that these surfaces have such as being anti-wetting, self-cleaning and antibacterial.

For more information on the webinar and access to the livestream, check: or here. You can also follow the livestream via:

"Het tijdslot van de vingerafdruk" (Volkskrant, Oct 13)

October 13th, 2020

De Volkskrant has published a nice article on our work using quantum dots to determine the "age" of fingerprints. This project (DaVinciQD) has started earlier spring this year and is an active collaboration between the research groups NanoBio and Advanced Forensic Technology (AFT, Jaap Knotter), the PolitieAcademieUniversity of TwenteNFI and a number of small companies (for more information on the project, go here).

You can find the Volkskrant article at

"Deeltje verraadt datum"

October 2020

In the October edition of the scientific magazine EOS wetenschap (page 44 to 48), Eefje Claassen mentions the activities of our DaVinciQD project in her article "Sherlock Holmes, man van de wetenschap". In this project we are developing quantum dots (small nanoparticles) that enable a forensic researcher at at the crime scene to accurately determine the "age" of a fingerprint. The article is not freely accessible, but you can order a copy of the magazine at

Work on detecting antibodies against corona has been published as preprint


August 6th, 2020

Since the lock-down in March NanoBio, the University of Twente, Medlon, Interfluidics and a number of other partners have been working on the development of an assay that is able to detect different antibodies against corona. This work is now published as preprint in Research Square.


Title: Presence and strength of binding of IgM, IgG and IgA antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 during CoViD-19 infection.


Project Kick-Off LOC2USE

May 27th,2020
Last Wednesday May 20, the RAAK-SME project LOC2Use officially started with an online kick-off. A perfect example that an online meeting can also give you a huge dose of energy. LOC2Use is a joint project of the research group NanoBio and Industrial Design. Together with numerous enthusiastic knowledge, design and technology partners, we try to make Lab-on-a-Chip technology accessible to SMEs through 4 use cases in the medical, food, water and forensic fields. Currently, the costs of developing microfluidic devices are high and often require specialist peripherals. With the use of low-cost manufacturing techniques and the integration of sensors, we will tackle these bottlenecks and thus develop a fully functional device that is of value to the user. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation!

May 28th: online conference: Organs-on-chips

May 18th, 2020
The NanoBio Research Group (Saxion) and the International Network for Lab-on-a-Chip technologies are hosting their 3rd Joint Network Conference and Poster session as a virtual event on May 28th, 2020.

In this online conference, an update of the Heart on a Chip project is presented, as well as the latest developments in this field. Moreover, the conference program includes influential researchers and highly innovative companies, such as dr. Luc Scheres (Surfix), dr. Sandro Meucci (Micronit), prof. Christine Mummery (LUMC) and dr. Martin Stelzle (NMI).

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Discussion on Biomimicry

May 19th, 2020
During an online version of the Students4Sustainability symposium Martin Bennink discusses biomimicry on the nanometer scale with Jaco Appelman

Click here for the recorded version of the symposium 
(Martin's contribution starts at 39m20s, other speakers are Saskia van den Muijsenberg, Paul Breedveld en Nico Schouten) 

EU project Industrial Expert (INDEX): 
We need your input !

March 16th, 2020
The NanoBio research group is one of the partners of the EU Erasmus+ project “Industrial Expert (INDEX)”, in which we aim to develop advanced training courses for professionals on Industry 4.0, which is also known as Smart Industry. 

In order to identify specific training needs regarding Industry 4.0 in your organization, we need your input.

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Two RAAK-MKB projects granted

February 5th, 2020
NanoBio has been very successful in the last RAAK-MKB funding round. SIA has decided to grant both our submitted proposals: PhoBioSens and LOC2Use

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DaVinciQD project granted

December 19th, 2019
The project DaVinciQD, in which we will develop nanomaterials for dating fingerprints for forensic applications has been granted by SIA with the RAAK-Publiek round.

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Poster prize for Verena Schulze Greiving

December 11th, 2019
During the MicroNanoConference 2019 in Supernova Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, Verena Schulze Greiving has been awarded a poster prize of 500 euros for her poster presenting her work.


NanoBio participates in a Pioneers in Healthcare project

December 10th, 2019
In the Deventer Hospital Laura Vargas receives a PiHC voucher for the projectproposal "Novel antibacterial surfaces for healthcare applications". In this project the University of Twente, NanoBio@Saxion and two hospitals Medisch Spectrum Twente (in Enschede) and Zorggroep Twente (in Almelo/Hengelo) will develop a nanostructured coating for application on metal prothesis pins.


Inaugural speech 
Martin Bennink

November 14th, 2019
With 160 people in the audience Martin Bennink has given his inaugural speech on nanotechnology and nanobio, the ongoing research projects within the NanoBio group, and what applied and application-oriented research exactly is, and what this means for the future of Saxion.

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