Nonlinear Optics, Nanoparticles and Amyloids

– application of nonlinear optics and gold nanoparticles to study amyloid formation

The presented project will address the issue of the amyloid formation and search for new techniques and materials applicable in the imaging and control of the protein aggregation. Within this project we are going to apply gold nanoparticles as markers for NIR fs laser imaging of the formation and morphology of amyloids. Moreover, we will explore nonlinear optical properties of amyloids as a potential source of enhanced selectivity of optical imaging of amyloids. Finally, we will investigate liquid crystalline properties of amyloids and self-organization in amyloids-nanoparticles systems.

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The project is financed within the framework of the Fundation for Polish Science FIRST TEAM Programme.

 Project value: 2 100 820,00 PLN

Duration: 3 years


Joanna Olesiak-Banska and Patryk Obstarczyk presented the results of the project in USA, during the first Gordon Research Conference: Toward Atomic Precision in Nanochemistry: From Synthesis to Function (02.2020).

We successfully recruited Manuela Grelich to our team. Welcome on board, Manuela!

Habilitation of Joanna Olesiak-Banska got accepted and she was promoted to Professor of WUST position.

Radosław Deska took part in Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano Optics International Conference 2019 in Munich, Germany, with a poster presentation.

Marcin Grzelczak joined our project as a post-doc. Welcome on board, Marcin!

We sucessfully recruited two students: Maciej Lipok and Dominika Pielech to NONA project. Welcome on board!

6 oral presentations of NONA team members were given during 10th PhoBiA Annual Nanophotonics International Conference PANIC 2019 in Wroclaw (05.2019).

Pawel Cwynar received the 1st prize in the Microscope Art Non-limited International Annual Contest MANIAC 2019 (05.2019 Wrocław, Poland).

Joanna Olesiak-Banska, Patryk Obstarczyk and Radoslaw Deska took part in and presented NONA project during 3rd Interdisciplinary FNP Conference (04.2019, Warszawa).

Paweł Cwynar, Manuela Grelich, Patryk Obstarczyk and Anna Pniakowska presented posters and Joanna Olesiak-Banska gave a talk about exciting results of our work during 6th International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials (03.2019 Sitges, Spain).

Patryk Obstarczyk presented a poster during Metallic Nano-Objects 2018 conference in Lyon.

We recruited Anna Pniakowska to our team. Welcome on board, Anna!

Patryk Obstarczyk, Adrian Wiecek, Manuela Grelich, Krzysztof Nadolski and Anna Grzesik presented posters during ICNP 2018 conference and gave oral presentations during PANIC 2018.

We sucessfully recruited a PhD student Patryk Obstarczyk and two students: Manuela Grelich and Pawel Cwynar to NONA project. Welcome on board!

NONA members took part in 2nd Wroclaw Scientific Meetings with two poster presentations.

We sucessfully recruited a PhD student Radoslaw Deska and two students: Patryk Obstarczyk and Adrian Wiecek to NONA project. Welcome on board!

Project leader

dr hab. inż. Joanna Olesiak-Bańska, prof. WUST

contact: joanna.olesiak (at)

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27

50-370 Wroclaw

building F6, room 13

ul. Gdanska 7/9

50-344 Wroclaw