The Institute of Biophysics and Nanosystems Research (IBN)
) is a research institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences with more than 30 employees located in Graz (Austria). The research is focused mainly on Biophysics and structural investigations on biological/nano-materials targeted on new antibiotics and drug delivery systems. The institute is embedded in the LSF, as since 1992 it has constructed and operates the Austrian Small Angle Scattering beamline in collaboration with Sincrotrone Trieste at ELETTRA. Due to the operation of the beamline the institute has established a permanent outstation located directly at the synchrotron radiation facility ELETTRA, which supports with its laboratory facility (wet chemical laboratory, laboratory SAXS instrument etc.) the user operation of its own beamline and partly also of other beamlines ELETTRA. The research field of the outstation is directed to fast structural phenomena in bulk and on surfaces with applications from biophysics to nanomaterials. In particular the institute has profound experience in biomimetic coatings - i.e. for bacterial and eukaryotic membrane mimicking coatings- antibacterial peptides as well as mesoporous materials in bulk and thin films. The beamline produces annually about 60 contributions in peer reviewed journals.
The outstation has ongoing collaborations with the TASC-INFM group in the field of microfluidics, sample manipulation by means of light tweezers. More specifically the IBN will enforce the NFFA consortium with its expertise in the field of nanostructured/biomimetic coatings and on microfluidic sample environments for synchrotron experiments.