at the interface of nanotechnology and life sciences

The research group NanoBio is a research group 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.

The research group is chaired by Martin Bennink



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

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(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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