The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has highlighted the enormous need for the development of new technologies that can quickly and effectively warn of the presence in the environment of pathogens that are highly dangerous to humans. This technology would drastically reduce the spread of respiratory infections in general, and Covid-19 in particular. In view of the current pandemic, the installation of sensors that warn of the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in public transport, educational centers, cinemas and restaurants, among many other places, would allow all types of public meetings and events to be held more safely. In addition, having this technology available in hospitals, and specifically in operating rooms, would prevent frequent hospital infections. The SARSNO project has developed and established a novel technique, mechanical spectroscopy based on optomechanical nanosensors, capable of detecting, identifying and quantifying the presence of pathogens in the environment. It should be noted that this technology can be applied simultaneously to a wide variety of pathogens.
Brief resume of Eduardo Gil Santos´ Curriculum Vitae.
Eduardo Gil Santos graduated in Physics in 2007 (USC). He joined the Bionanomechanics Laboratory (CSIC) in October 2007 through a national competitive grant (JAE Predoc). He obtained his PhD in Physics in May 2012. At that time, he worked on the development of novel devices, concepts and techniques in order to improve the capabilities of micro- and nano-mechanical sensors, always looking for biological and biomedicine applications.
In February 2013, he joined the Materials and Quantum Phenomena Laboratory (Paris Diderot University, France) thanks to an international competitive grant (Research in Paris). During this time, he learnt theoretical and experimental aspects about optomechanical devices and their applications. He opened a new research line focused on the development of optomechanical resonators for sensing applications.
In November 2016, he came back to the Bionanomechanics Laboratory by means of a European grant (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Individual Fellowship) with the goal of applying optomechanical devices as biological sensors. Currently, he is a «Ramón y Cajal» researcher working at the Bionanomechanics Laboratory.
In the last years, he has obtained six national project as principal investigator (ComFuturo, RETOS, «Ramón y Cajal», «Intramural Especial», «Fundación Ramón Areces» and «Leonardo») which has enabled him to consolidate his own research line. His main research objective is to develop optomechanical devices as biological sensors, definitively bringing them to the society. Apart from his own projects, he is involved in several European projects (ERC-CoG and FET-proAct, among others).
His scientific work has been published in 1 book chapter, 30 ISI-indexed articles and 4 patents (1 licensed, 2 granted and 1 registered). This work has received 831 citations (WoS), with an h-index of 16 (WoS).