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Brigitte Holzer

Projektass.(FWF) Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

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Brigitte is an organic chemist with a strong scientific background in materials chemistry. After finishing her PhD at the TU Wien, she joined the research group of Prof. Luisa Torsi as a postdoctoral researcher in the framework of a Marie Curie (ITN) fellowship at the University of Bari (Italy) working on the development of new biosensor platforms. In 2017, Brigitte returned to TU Wien as a postdoctoral researcher and since 2019 she is Co-PI within the Young Investigator Research Group 'bioSTAR', funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Her research interests include the development and characterization of bio(molecular) interfaces for application such as biosensors.


  • Surface Modification - Self-Assembled Monolayers
  • Development of Sensing Layers - Biosensors
  • Click on Surface / Surface-confined Chemistry - Gold-Electronics
  • Bio(molecular) Interactions at the Nano-Biointerface - Nanobiotechnology

The interface between nanomaterials and biological systems plays a crucial role in the understanding of (bio)molecular interactions. Using the tools of synthetic organic chemistry, current research focuses on the modification of surfaces on the molecule level to (i) control the surface properties (such as hydrophilicity, functional group densities, etc.) (ii) introduce new functional groups on surfaces to anchor biological moieties and (iii) study surface confined (bio)molecular interactions. In this context, addressable self-assembled monolayers are designed to impart a desired functionality to the surface and enable chemical control of the surface properties.