Exploratory Research Unit (ERU)

Within the exploratory research unit we aim to develop new optical and microscope technologies. This will be in close collaboration with the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light.

We will bring together physicists and life scientist of the two departments (ERU & CFU) within the same building. This will foster the exchange of ideas between the developers and the demand for new solutions from the life scientist or those in the field of material sciences. Becoming a critical mass of scientist from diverse backgrounds within the OICE will see emerge new imaging technologies in near future.

Currently we are building a copy of the single molecule super resolution iamging set-up from the Sandoghdar division of the MPI Science of Light. This set-up will allow the tracking of single gold labelled molecules (proteins) in artificial lipid by-layers. The aim is to transfer this technique into the mrembranes of living cells and to follow the fate of single molecules for up to30 minutes.

New developed systems that pass the proof of concept stage will than be transferred to the core facility for the use and benefit of everyone who wants to take advantage.