The focus of the Biophotonics division's work lies in optical methods for the measurement and characterisation of the interaction of materials and light, for example in applications in materials research, bioanalytics, medicine, environmental chemistry, pharmaceuticals, bioengineering, genetic engineering, agriculture and food technology. The research includes the design, the traceable spectroscopic characterisation and the application of functional organic, inorganic, and hybrid molecular and nanoscale chromophore systems and bioconjugates.

Its overall goals are to use these materials as optical reporters (e.g., in assays) and probes (e.g., for materials research, bioanalytics, bioimaging, and optical imaging) and sensors as well as for methodical applications in functional group, ligand, and biomolecule analysis and quantification on 2D- and 3D-supports, for signal enhancement and multiplexing strategies and for the study of the interaction with biological systems.

For tasks dedicated to the standardisation of fluorescence measurements, we develop and validate innovative opto-spectroscopic methods for bioanalytical and material sciences applications as well as traceable, format-adaptable, certified standards and versatile calibration tools for instrument characterization and the determination of fluorometric parameters. Our research in this area covers the development of validation strategies for different fluorescence methods, measurements of absolute fluorescence, and the development of methods for the characterisation of the optical properties of scattering and fluorescent systems.

Dr. rer. nat. Ute Resch-Genger, Head of Division Biophotonics, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

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