Conference scope

1st Conference and Spring School

on Properties, Design and Applications of Upconverting Nanomaterials

23rd-27th May 2016, Wroclaw, Poland





The research topic of the UPCON 2016 Conference and the Spring School cover the scientific areas and working programme identified in the COST Action CM1403 programme, as the critical issues for the progress and development in up-conversion technology. These include:


WG 1. Materials Research and Photophysical Characterization

1. More homogeneous distribution of dopant ions and improved core shell UCNMs

2. Avoiding the formation of sodium vacancies and isomorphic substitution of sodium ions

3. Shifting the excitation wavelength from 980 nm to lower NIR wavelengths

4. Plasmonic enhancement of UCNMs

5. Identification of energy loss channels by time-dependent luminescence spectroscopy

6. Reference materials


WG 2. Surface Functionalisation

1. Dispersibility

2. Biocompatibility

3. Coupling of biomolecules

4. Long-term stability


WG 3. Instrument Development

1. Instruments for measuring absolute quantum yields and luminescence lifetime of UCNMs

2. Laser development

3. Development of a single molecule microscope for UCNMs

4. Development and customisation of instruments


WG 4. Assays, Sensors and Imaging

1. Diagnostic assays

2. Chemo- and biosensors

3. Encoding schemes for multiplexed analyte detection

4. Fluorescence imaging and microscopy

5. Single molecule applications


WG 5. Toxicity

1. Interaction with cells

2. Cytotoxicity testing

3. Safety Evaluation