Female Investigators in Nonlinear Optical Nanoscopy - FINON (FINON)

Develop Nonlinear Optical Microscopy (NOM) techniques into the nano-dimension, allowing for label-free three-dimensional (3D), dynamic imaging of macromolecular arrangements and nanostructures by probing inherent higher-order electronic and molecular vibrations with novel detection concepts. The FINON inititial training network constitutes of partners from, and active interaction between, a wide range of disciplines spanning from front-line technology developers of laser instrumentation, microscopy, and nanophotonics to users of microscopy with extended experience and challenging requirements within the life-, chemical-, pharmaceutical- and material sciences.

Partner organizations

  • AstraZeneca AB (Private, Sweden)
  • Institut Fresnel (Research Institute, France)
  • Cardiff University (Academic, United Kingdom)
  • Max Planck Society (Research Institute, Germany)
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (Academic, Switzerland)
Start date 01/10/2013
End date The project is closed: 30/09/2017

Chalmers University of Technology

Alexandra Paul          Michael Struhrenberg



 Anna Forslow        Diana Ribeiro 

Cardiff University

Paola Borri               Attilio Zilli                   Naya Gianakopoulou

Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne

  Sylvie Roke           Marie EP Didier    

Institut Fresnel

Sophie Brasselet
      Alberto Lombardini  Carolina Rendon Barraza

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research 

 Katrin Domke           Amala Elizabeth           Xiao Ling


 Associated Partners and Mentees

  1. Accelopment AG (CH) - Jeanette Mueller
  2. APE Gmbh (DE) - Edlef Beuttner
    • Attilio Zilli
    • Michael Struhrenberg
  3. Hertz Training for Scientists (NL) - Brigitte Hertz
  4. Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ES) - Romain Quidant
    • Vitalijs Zubkovs
    • Amala Elizabeth
  5. Lund University (SE) - Sara Linse
    • Alexandra Paul
  6. Nanonics Imaging Ltd. (IL) - Aaron Lewis
    • Juris Kiskis
  7. Polish Academy of Sciences (PL) - Wojciech Dzwolak
    • Alberto Lombardini
    • Naya Giannakopoulou
  8. VENTEON Laser Technologies GmbH (DE) - Thomas Binhammer
    • Xiao Ling
    • Marie Didier
  9. Friedrich Schiller University (DE) - Rachel Grange
    • Diana Ribeiro
    • Carolina Rendon


Funded by

  • European Commission (EC) (Public, Belgium)

Calendar of Events

Management board meeting - March 2015 via Skype
Focus on Microscopy - May 2015
FINON workshop and Midterm reporting to EU at MPIP in Mainz - July 9-10 2015
Nonlinear optics course at EPFL (Sylvie) - July 20-24 2015


Hybrid Elastin-like Polypeptide–Polyethylene Glycol (ELP-PEG) Hydrogels with Improved Transparency and Independent Control of Matrix Mechanics and Cell Ligand Density. Huiyuan Wang , Lei Cai , Alexandra Paul , Annika Enejder , Sarah C. Heilshorn. Biomacromolecules. Vol. 15/Issue 9. September 2014

Probing Rotational and Translational Diffusion of Nanodoublers in Living Cells on Microsecond Time Scales. Carlos Macias-Romero , Marie E. P. Didier , Vitalijs Zubkovs , Lucas Delannoy , Fabrizia Dutto , Aleksandra Radenovic , Sylvie Roke. Nano Letters.  Vol. 14/Issue 5. May 2014.

High throughput second harmonic imaging for label-free biological applications. Carlos Macias-Romero , Marie E. P. Didier , Pascal Jourdain , Pierre Marquet , Pierre Magistretti , Orly B. Tarun , Vitalijs Zubkovs , Aleksandra Radenovic , Sylvie Roke. Optics Express. Vol. 22/Issue 25. January 2014.

Increased Adipogenesis of Human Adipose-Derived Stem Cells on Polycaprolactone Fiber Matrices. Cecilia Brannmark , Alexandra Paul , Diana Ribeiro , Bjorn Magnusson , Gabriella Brolon , Annika Enejder , Anna Forslow. PLoS One. Vol. 9/Issue 11. November 2014.

​Polymer brushes functionalized SiO2 nanoparticles based Nafion nanocomposites: A novel avenue to low-humidity proton conducting membranes. A. Farrukh, F. Ashraf, A. Kaltbeitzel, X. Ling, M. Wagner, H. Duran, A. Ghaffar, H. ur Rehman, S.H. Parekh, K.F. Domke, B. Yameen. Polymer Chemistry, 2015.

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