Detection of biologicals and chemicals 

IBEC is at the forefront of sensor design, fabrication, and integration for a wide range of applications.  IBEC possesses expertise in developing both biological and chemical sensors, encompassing all aspects from hardware design to software development and data analysis.

We design and fabricate sensors for the detection of biological and chemical agents. Our expertise covers the entire sensor system, including:

  • Hardware: Sample collection, sensing platforms, and detectors.
  • Software: Algorithms for signal readout, processing, and interpretation.


  1. Biosensor Development:
    • IBEC excels in designing highly sensitive biosensors, such as Surface Localized Plasmon Resonance biosensors, for protein detection in various biofluids (blood, plasma, urine, etc.) and organ-on-a-chip applications.
    • We optimize protein biomarker detection using biosensors and integrate them with microfluidic platforms for efficient analysis of low-volume samples.
    • Our researchers can design and optimize electrochemical biosensors for the detection of biologicals, even in working environments (e.g., insulin release experiments that can combined with our own skeletal muscle models).
    • We are skilled in aptamer selection for the specific recognition of any protein target.
  2. Chemical Sensor Development:
    • Our expertise extends to developing signal processing approaches to improve the time dynamics of chemical sensors and extract bioinspired chemical features from turbulent plumes.
    • We analyze flavor profiles from GC-IMS data using advanced signal processing techniques. This has been successfully validated on food samples like ham and oil, demonstrating potential applications in fraud detection.
  3. Advanced Spectroscopy and Robotics Integration:
    • At our research center we have available Hyperpolarized and non-Hyperpolarized NMR spectroscopy and MRI imaging techniques. These can be coupled with DNP and PHIP/SABRE hyperpolarization capabilities. The imaging techniques can be used in vivo (mouse model) or for cell metabolic studies.
    • We integrate sensor systems into robots to facilitate automated sample collection.
    • We develop drones and terrestrial robots equipped with bioinspired machine olfaction capabilities for effective gas source localization and 2D/3D mapping.