About Us

Thin metallic layers and metallic nanoparticles exhibit unique optical properties related to surface plasmons - optical waves originating from collective oscillations of electrons and associated electromagnetic field intensity. They allow strong confinement of light at sub-wavelength dimensions and enable strongly enhance its intensity. The branch of nano-photonics research that is devoted to investigation of this field is referred as to plasmonics and it holds to impact various modern fields including opto-electronics devices, spectroscopy, and biotechnologies.


Research overview


Research of our group aims at investigation of new phenomena related to the interaction of surface plasmons with biomolecules and to implement them to new biosensor concepts. In collaborations with other groups, we operate in the fields of nanophotoics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and materials research. We employ developed sensor schemes for the observation of new (bio)materials and biomolecular systems as well as we pursue applications for the rapid detection of biomarkers and harmful compounds. 

In addition, we explore light confinement occuring on plasmonic nanostructures. We tailor characteristics of these materials in order to serve to amplify singal in various spectroscopy techniques and to increase efficiency of thin film photovoltaic solar cells. In particular, semiconductor polymer solar cells with plasmonic light managment are researched. 




HE Austrian Institute of Technology - Dostalek Plasmonic Biosensor Group    Prof. Wolfgang KnollDr. T. Dimopoulos, Dr. A. Weinheusel AIT (Austria)
University of Siegen - Dostalek Plasmonic Biosensor Group         Prof. Ulrich Jonas, FORTH, Herakleion (Greece) / University of Siegen (Germany) 
Institute of Photonics and Electronics - Dostalek Plasmonic Biosensor Group      Prof. Jiri Homola, Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Prague (Czech Republic)
NTU    Prof. B. Liedberg, Ali Miserez, Nanyang Tech. Unviersity (Singapore)
Politecnico di Torino - Dostalek Plasmonic Biosensor Group    Dr. Emiliano Descrovi, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
 IMC Dr. Tomas Riedel, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Prague (Czech Republic)
Prof. Emil List, Humbold University (Germany)
Le Mans
Prof. Marc Lamy de la Chapelle, Le Mans University (France)
Paris 6
Prof. Souhir Boujday, Pierre et Marie Currie Universite Paris 6 (France)
Dr.Cesar Rodriguez-Emmenegger, DWI (Germany)




Austrian Science Fund (FWF) 

Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) through NILAustria cluster 

International Gradue School (IGS)

ITN Marie Sklodowska-Curie BIOGEL (H2020)


FWF - Dostalek Plasmonic Biosensor GroupFFG - Dostalek Plasmonic Biosensor Group   IGS - Dostalek Plasmonic Biosensor Group  H2020