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Inverted core/shell Nanocrystals: the future Nanomaterial for the Visualization of Neuron activity

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Project "iNano" data sheet

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address: Unter den Eichen 87
city: BERLIN
postcode: 12205

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 162˙806 €
 EC max contribution 162˙806 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-07-01   to  2021-06-30


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 Project objective

'The main goal of the iNano project is the development of a new synthesis approach for Indium phosphide (InP)-based semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs), which will be used to record and stimulate neuron activity in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neuron cells. Although Cd-based NCs are well studied, their application in commercial products is hampered by the presence of the toxic heavy metal ion cadmium. Due to similar optical properties InP NCs are a promising alternative but still facing three major challenges in their synthesis: i) polydispersity, ii) NCs with PL in the NIR region and iii) synthesis of multidimensional NCs. In the iNano project a new synthesis protocol will be established based on a seeded-growth method, which will allow the preparation of monodisperse isotropic and for the first time also of anisotropic InP based NCs. This will be possible by the use of heteroelement seeds (zinc chalcogenides), whose structures govern the InP growth kinetics and shape. The dependency of the PL on the thickness of the InP layer will allow to push the PL to the NIR. By in depth photophysical characterization on the ensemble and single-particle level and also regarding their non-linear properties, unique insights will be gained leading to a better understanding of the optoelectronic transitions and the influence of the shape on the optical properties. iNano will shed a first light into the versatility of the InP NCs for neuroscience, investigating their performance under one-photon and multiphoton excitation to record and stimulate neuron activity. Due to the higher voltage sensitivity, better chemical stability, and negligible photobleaching effects, these nanomaterials are more attractive than up to know used tools for the measurement of the electric field generated by an action potential. The lower toxicity of the InP NCs will making the here developed protocols of high interest to neuroscientist and for the Eu initiative 'Human Brain Project'.'

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