Silvia Spa


  • Functionalization of bionanoparticles
  • Self-assembly processes
  • Development of imaging agent for nerve visualization
  • u-contact printing


Silvia studied Chemistry at Leiden University with a specialization in Synthesis and Design, and graduated in 2013. During her masters she performed a seven month internship at the department of Functional Materials Laboratory (FML) at the ETH in Zurich (Switserland). In the group of Dr. Robert Grass she investigated the detection of dispersed magnetic carbon-coated cobalt nanoparticles by DNA amplification in QRT-PCR. For her final master internship she joined the group of Prof. Dr. E. Bouwman and Dr S. Bonnet, at the department of Metals in Catalysis, Biomimetics and Inorganic Materials (MCBIM) at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry. Here she worked on the synthesis of novel iron(II) spin-crossover complexes for surface applications. In light of this project she designed and synthesized a new tetradentate ligand, bearing a functional group to facilitate the attachment to gold surfaces. In September 2013 she started as a PhD student at the Interventional Molecular Imaging Laboratory at the department of Radiology at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). During her PhD she will be working on the development of imaging agents for nerve detection.



Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum
Gebouw 1
Kamer C2-204

Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden
Tel: 0715262042

Postzone C2-S
Postbus 9600
2300 RC Leiden