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Bio-SPM Group (Prof. M. Dong)

The Bio-SPM group investigates the physical and chemical properties of biomolecules and novel materials based on nano objects. To explore the functional properties of materials down to the molecular scale, we have developed and use a wide range of state-of-the-art scanning probe methods such as harmonic AFM techniques, SICM, EFM, MFM, SEM and TEM. Another important area of focus is the understanding and controlling of self-assembly of nano structures.

We are welcoming worldwide applications of all levels. If you are interested please send an email and your CV to Prof. Mingdong Dong dong@inano.au.dk.


26th March, 2021.  Professor Appointments

      Congratulations to the head of our Bio-SPM, Mingdong Dong who has been appointed Professors in Experimental Surface and Interface Science at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University. The appointments are effective as of 1 April 2021.

      Mingdong Dong has worked in the area of nanotechnology since 2003 with a focus on molecular self-assembly. After completing his Ph.D. at Aarhus University, he moved to Harvard University where he conducted his postdoctoral research. Since then, he has devoted himself to the advancement of SPM-based microscopy methods for extending conventional morphological characterizations to a wide range of physical-chemical information at a nanometer scale.

      In 2009, he returned to iNANO as an Assistant Professor, principal investigator of the Bio-SPM group, and since 2013 as Associate Professor. The Bio-SPM group applies these advanced functional SPM techniques with sub-molecular resolution and quantitative analysis to investigate electronic, mechanical, thermal, chemical, and magnetic properties in biological systems and nanomaterials, which is critically important for a better understanding of the structure-function relationship.



17th March, 2021. Publication

       Long-distance electron transfer in a filamentous Gram-positive bacterium

       Yang, Y. G.; Wang, Z. G.; Gan, C. F.; Klausen, L. H.; Bonné, R.; Kong, G. N.; Luo, D. Z.; Meert, M.; Zhu, C. J.; Sun, G. P.; Guo, J.; Ma, Y. X.; Bjerg, J. T.; Manca, J.; Xu, M. Y.*; Nielsen, L. P.; Dong, M. D.*

       Nat. Commun. 2021, 12, 1709. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-21709-z



1st February, 2021.   Publication  

     In Situ Resistive Switching Effect Scrutinization on Co-Designed Graphene Sensor

     Xiong, F.; Wang, Z. G.; Bøjesen, E. D.; Xiong, X. Y.; Zhu, Z. H.*; Dong, M. D.*

     Small, 2021, 2007053. DOI: 10.1002/smll.202007053



4th January, 2021.   Publication

     Melt Electrospinning Writing of Magnetic Microrobots

     Su, Y. C.; Qiu, T.; Song, W.; Han, X. J.*; Sun, M. M.; Wang, Z.; Xie, H.; Dong, M. D.*; Chen, M. L.*

      Adv. Sci., 2020, 2003177. DOI: 10.1002/advs.202003177



18th December, 2020

    Bio-SPM held the annual group meeting online. We took our Group Picture Anno 2020 with everyone!

    Due to the challenging COVID-19, it gets harder for our work and research in 2020. But we believe that corona virus will be overcome finally and life will be better tomorrow.

    Hope we are all well and staying healthy.


9th December 2020

    Following the general message from the University, the University is closed down from tomorrow until Jan 4, Bio-SPM Lab will follow the rules with a conditional access.

    · You should work from home if you can

    · We are allowed to maintain critical functions and research. Critical research activities are coordinated by our group leader, who are responsible for reducing the activities requiring physical presence at iNANO to a minimum.

    · Meeting rooms are closed.  

    · The student helpers’ office will be open every day until Dec 23 (Mon-Thur 8-16, Fri 8-15:30). The student helpers will receive the parcels that get delivered and notify you if you get a parcel.

    Keep safe!


10th November 2020

Bio-SPM group have a new micronpatterning system-----PRIMO, working with Olympus IX83. The training will be hold on 17th November, 2020


(image from: sygnis.pl/bio/micropatterning-alveole-lab/)


1st November 2020

We have a new PhD student Anne-Kathrine Kure Larsen joining in Bio-SPM group. Welcome!


21st October 2020

      Bio-SPM group import a brand new fluorescence microscope---Olympus IX83. The microscope has been set up and the training will start at 9.00 am on 22nd October, 2020.

(image from: www.olympus-lifescience.com.cn/zh/microscopes/inverted/ix83/)


28th August 2020

       The paper “A hierarchically ordered compacted coil scaffold for tissue regeneration ” is published by Yingchun Su on the journal of NPG Asia Materials,  Congratulations!

       Su, Y. C.; Zhang, Z. Y.; Wan, Y. L.; Zhang, Y. F.; Wang, Z. G.; Klausen, L. H.; Huang, P.; Dong, M. D.*; Han, X. J.*; Cui, B. X.; Chen, M. L.*

       NPG Asia Mater., 2020, 12, 55. DOI: 10.1038/s41427-020-0234-7

25th August 2020

       The paper “Tunable Hierarchical Wrinkling Surface via Microscale Patterned Vertical Deformation” is published by Yingchun Su on the journal of Colloids Surf. A Physicochem. Eng. Asp.,  Congratulations!

       Tunable Hierarchical Wrinkling Surface via Microscale Patterned Vertical Deformation

       Su, Y. C.; Zhang, E. S.; Wang, Y. T.; Li, Q.*; Chen, M. L.; Dong, M. D.*

       Colloids Surf. A Physicochem. Eng. Asp., 2020, Accepted. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2020.125468                                                                                                                                       

23th June 2020

Xiaochen Chen successfully passed the PhD defense and was awarded the doctor's degree.


27th May 2020

Bio-SPM Lab reopens as of 27th May, 2020. All research and activities will ramp up gradually. Cheers!                                                                                                                                                                      

23rd April 2020

Bio-SPM Lab reopens conditionally. Rules for opening have been updated on the labbook.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

27th March 2020

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen extended the physical closure of the universities by an additional fourteen days – up to and including 13 April. This means that Aarhus University will remain closed. The Bio-SPM Lab will follow the progress closely as well.

Stay safe.


12th March 2020

Due to spread of coronavirus, Bio-SPM Lab would be locked down from 13th March, 2020. Anyone without permission would not be allowed to access to the lab. The further arrangement would be announced after two weeks. Take care of yourself.