In December 2020, SURFBIO, a project to boost an Innovation Hub for Surface and Colloid Biology Research, kicked off in an online meeting. SURFBIO, a project funded by the European Union H2020 research & innovation programme is coordinated by Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) and formed by five other partners: Burgos University, Gent University, Axia Innovation, Wageningen University and Helmotlz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.
During 36 months, the consortium partners will work in the application of both, state of the art spectroscopy and microscopy analytic technologies, microbiology and systems biology tools to study microbialsurface interactions that can lead to a better understanding of the processes occurring at their interface, which will contribute to provide ad-hoc solutions for materials design with enhanced properties, such as more durable materials (reducing losses), improved antimicrobial surfaces (health sector) or better microbial supports to increase the productivity of bioprocesses (pharma, food, agriculture).
SURFBIO research package (spectrometry, imaging, smart biocarriers, nanoparticles characterization, microbiology, systems biology and bioinformatics), will reinforce the Jožef Stefan Institute’s capabilities to successfully address the interdisciplinary of the topic.
Thus, JSI will lead an emerging discipline, coordinating expert institutions in synergistic fields, finally launching an Innovation Hub to provide research services and assessment to material designers and biotechnology researchers, academy, industry or policy makers.