The interdisciplinary PRiNGLE consortium consists of 6 partners from 5 European countries.
PRiNGLE has a strong multidisciplinary character with partners from research institutes and universities. The consortium integrates complementary and interdisciplinary expertise from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics and engineering.
This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe EIC PathFinder funding scheme with grant agreement No 101046719.
University of Antwerp
The University of Antwerp coordinates PRiNGLE, with Professor Filip Meysman being the coordinating principal investigator. Filip leads the Marine microbiology and geochemistry research group at the Department of Biology.
His Microbial Electricity Research Team is an internationally leading laboratory in the research on long-range electron transport in microbial nanostructures using both experimental and modelling approaches.
Professor Meysman is also the scientific coordinator of the Centre Of Excellence Microbial Systems Technology.
The main tasks of TUDelft within PRiNGLE concern the fabrication of on-chip electrode structures, the measurement of the electronic properties (conductivity, field-effect mobility) of native and recombinant proteonic nanostructures and the empirical determination of the electrical transport mechanism as a function of temperature, applied bias voltage and magnetic field. The PRiNGLE research at TU Delft is led by Prof. Herre van der Zant.
The experimental results serve as input for theoretical modelling (Blanter group at TUDelft and consortium members) of long-range charge transport in proteonic structures.
At TUDelft, the state-of-the art clean room of the Kavli Nanolaboratory provides excellent device fabrication including electron-beam lithography and high-resolution imaging facilities (e.g. SEM, TEM, Raman, AFM, FIB). Furthermore, equipment for deposition of metals and insulators are available including sputtering, e-beam evaporation and ALD, as well as several dedicated etching machines. In the van der Zant group, two variable-temperature probe stations and several inserts (He-4 and dilution refrigerator) are available for performing charge transport measurements; each set-up is equipped with home-built ultra-low-noise electronics for sensitive (three-terminal) electrical-transport experiments; magnetic fields up to 14 T can be applied in the He-4 and dilution refrigerator set-ups.
University of Cyprus
The Computational Biophysics and Molecular Physics Group, directed by professors Georgios Archontis and Spiros Skourtis, operates within the Department of Physics at the University of Cyprus. In the PRiNGLE project, the Group’s main task is the modelling of charge transport in the highly conductive protein nanostructures of the bacterial cables.
This modelling includes ab-initio quantum-chemical and molecular-dynamics simulations coupled to semi-analytical approaches that incorporate relevant theories of long-distance charge transport.
The research of the Group is multidisciplinary at the interface between chemical physics, molecular biophysics and molecular electronics. Part of the group’s research expertise includes the theoretical and computational modelling of molecular/biomolecular charge and energy transfer/transport processes. Such processes are studied in a variety of physical-chemical environments (cellular, solution phase, molecular junction) and over a wide range of length scales (from single molecules to molecular assemblies to cells). The Group has its own computational facilities, to perform classical and quantum biomolecular simulations, and has access to the University’s High Performance Computing Cluster. The members of the group directly involved with PRINGLE are Associate Professor Spiros S. Skourtis, an expert in molecular and biomolecular charge and energy transport processes, and Ph.D. Student Georgia Polycarpou.