BME researcher of nanosensors become co-editor of famous professional journal

Associate professor of the Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry of BME VBK has become an editorial board member of the recently started ACS Sensors.

Research of nanosensors is considered to be the most exciting interdisciplinary area of today. The significance of such sensors lies in the fact that their sizes are measured in nanometers – just like molecules’ and viruses’ – and therefore they are able to generate signs after measuring a very small number of molecules. The main target of research is to develop tools and methods for sensitive and cost efficient diagnostics of viruses, proteins, nucleic acids and ions. The areas of application of such chemical sensors are constantly expanding in the industry, environmental analytics and medical diagnostics.

The importance of the area is represented by the fact that the American Chemical Society is launching a specific journal titled ACS Sensors from January 2016 and Róbert E. Gyurcsányi, associate professor of the Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry has been invited to be the only Hungarian member of the Editorial Board.

Róbert E. Gyurcsányi started his PhD research in the field of nanosensors in 1996 and performed his postdoctoral studies partly in the USA and at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich. After his return to Hungary he is now the head of the MTA-BME Lendület Nanosensor research team; he and his colleagues are working on developing nanosensors to detect RSV virus, which is prevalent among infants and young children and causes serious diseases of the respiratory system, and also ones to diagnose microRNA and DNA strands, which can sign various diseases.