João SIMOES



Project title: Using cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) as multi-purpose platform

Employer: BET Solutions (Greece), Cotutelle: University of Neuchâtel (UNINE, Switzerland)
Supervisors: Pr George Loudos (BET), Pr Bruno Therrien (UNINE), Pr Vincent Sol (UNILIM)

ESR representative at the Supervisory Board (2019-2020)

Research secondments: Politechnika Wroclawska (PWR), University of Limoges, Biolitec
Practical rotation: Selvita

Research project description and main objectives: At the forefront of chemistry, nano-materials and biology, this project intends to use cellulose nanocrystals to transport and deliver photo-responsive molecules to biological targets. Four main objectives are foreseen: a) to prepare and characterize cellulose nanocrystals as well as b) photo-responsive molecules; c) to load the nanocrystals with the photo-responsive compounds, and; d) to evaluate the biological potential of the newly developed nano-carriers in in vitro and in vivo models. To achieve these goals, the candidate will have to use synthetic organic strategies to functionalize the photo-responsive molecules in view of grafting them to the nanocrystals, and to learn radio-labelling techniques to optimize visualization and to identify biological targets. Being a multidisciplinary project, the candidate will need to be able to work independently, to possess excellent collaborative skills, and to adapt rapidly to different scientific environments.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement n°764837