Important information concerning Special Issue of Bioelectrochemistry!


Interdisciplinary permeation of concepts between chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, microelectronics, and engineering has inspired important new ideas in several research fields including sensing and biosensing. For sensing, surfaces of solid substrates, used for constructing chemical or biochemical sensors, are modified to achieve selective or, in some cases, even specific analyte detection.

The use of sensor-based analytical procedures, originally focused on chemical and biochemical tests, is gaining increasing interest, among others, in environmental toxicity testing, for ecosystem monitoring, clinical diagnosis and therapy, as well as testing of crops and foods of animal origin.

Meeting format

  • 4 Days
  • Single stream
  • One poster session

A continueous increase of interest in sensor-based analytical techniques is manifested by the increase of the number of both scientific papers published and patents registered. Toward this interest, a series of our Workshops is organized. Being encouraged by success of the previous four International Workshops on Surface Modification for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing held in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 in Poland, the organizers hope that also the coming 5 th SMCBS'2011 Workshop will successfully become a platform for researchers to meet for discussing in-depth, exchange and generate ideas. We expect that this activity will stimulate new, and most expectantly, collaborative research. Overview of the interdisciplinary character and the ambience of the SMCBS workshops is well reflected in the comments of one of the SMCBS’2009 Workshop participants.

Apparently, electrochemical aspects of chemical and biochemical sensing dominated former Workshops of this series and many participants were either committed to electroanalytical chemistry or used electroanalytical techniques.

As previous, the present Workshop will be focused on the art of both chemical and non-chemical decorating of solid transducer surfaces as well as recognition activity of the resulting sensors toward target analytes. Main topics of the Workshop will cover various aspects of surface chemistry related to chemo- and biosensing in solutions or gases and are not limited to:

  • Chemical surface reactions
  • Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)
  • Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films
  • Preparation and properties of supported membranes
  • Chemically modified electrodes and polymer modified electrodes
  • Enzyme modified electrodes
  • Novel techniques and instrumentation for examining surfaces
  • Signal transduction and processing, detection techniques and protocols, system miniaturization and nanotechnology use.

All participants will be accommodated at one Workshop site. Therefore, the number of participants is limited by its capacity. This way of accommodation facilitates mutual contacts, both formal and informal, enabling discussions to be continued far beyond the program.

Particularly, young researchers, i.e., graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research assistants, are welcome to contribute their enthusiasm and ideas to stimulate the field of chemical and biochemical sensing. All presentations, and particularly those of young researchers, will be widely discussed within the audience while constructive input of senior scientists is anticipated.

A half-day sightseeing excursion will bring participants closer together for better personal acquaintance and ad hoc discussions in small groups.

We cordially invite you to participate in the Workshop.

Włodzimierz Kutner and Marcin Opałło


Preliminary Program

  • Friday, November 4, 2011
    • Get together informal party & poster session
  • Saturday, November 5, 2011
    • Morning session - tutorial and keynote lectures
    • Afternoon session - keynote lectures and short communications
  • Sunday, November 6, 2011
    • Morning - excursion
    • Afternoon - keynote lectures and short communications
  • Monday, November 7, 2011
    • Morning session - tutorial lectures and short communications
    • Afternoon - keynote lectures and short communications
    • Evening - social event
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2011
    • Morning session - tutorial lectures and short communications
    • Afternoon - departure


The Workshop is organized by the Polish Supramolecular Chemistry Network Foundation under the auspices of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland.

International Scientific Advisory Board

Organizing and Programme Committee


Abstract Preparation

Contributions will be accepted for presentations based on quality and relevance of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts should be prepared according to the following instructions:

  • abstract must be composed and submitted on-line (copy/pasting from your word processor is encouraged)
  • length of the abstract body is limited to 3000 characters including spaces and formatting
  • only Latin (letters) and Greek (symbols) characters are allowed
  • a figure or picture can be inserted into the abstract
  • heading information, such as title, authors, or affiliations should NOT be included in the abstract body
  • abstract is displayed in the final form in the browser (WYSIWYG) and must be verified/corrected by the author on-line because, after accepting, it will be published as is without any further editing by the organizers.

Please, consult abstract composition manual for more details (login, Abstract > New Abstract > Help tab). You can revise your abstract on-line at any time. Deadline for abstract submission is August 31, 2011.

Attention: Abstract submission deadline has been prolonged until September 7, 2011.


Oral presentations are preferred, which will include tutorial lectures, keynote lectures, and short communications. Only computer-aided presentations are supported. A PC (Windows XP, Microsoft PowerPoint) computer facility, including a multimedia projector, will be available at the Workshop site. Moreover, an overhead projector for transparencies, occasionally displayed but not a slide projector, will be provided. Poster presentation will be included in the Program.

One contribution per participant is allowed.

Tutorial lectures

Distinguished scientists will be invited to deliver tutorial lectures, for ca. 40 min, which are intended to cover fundamentals, recent review material, and selected illustrative results of current research of their and other groups.

Keynote lectures

Prominent specialists will present keynote lectures, for ca. 20 min, on selected "hot" topics of their research areas.

Short Communications

Young researchers are welcome to present, for ca. 15 min, short communications covering most exciting results of their own research.


Objective, introduction, experimental, results and conclusions of a research accomplished as well as a minimum number of references should be presented in a poster. The maximum size of a poster is 120 cm (height) and 100 cm (width).


Official language of the Workshop is English.


Workshop materials

A hard copy and/or electronic version (compact disk) containing Program and Book of Abstracts will be distributed among participants at the beginning of the Workshop. Similarly as proceedings of the First (SMCBS'2003), Second (SMCBS'2005), and Fourth (SMCBS'2009) Workshop published in the Special Issue of Bioelectrochemistry 2005, 66 (Issue 1-2) 2007, 71 (Issue 1), and 2010, 80 (Issue 1) respectively, we intend to publish Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop (SMCBS'2011) as another Special Issue of Bioelectrochemistry. The deadline of manuscript submission is 15 December 2011.

Participants wishing to submit a manuscript for Special Issue of Bioelectrochemistry from SMCBS'2011 should follow the enclosed instruction for the Authors.


The workshop is sponsored by the International Society of Electrochemistry.

Deadlines and fees

Registration fee


Deadline New!

Registration and submission of abstracts

September 7, 2011

Notification of acceptance of contributions

September 22, 2011

Fee payment

October 1, 2011

The fee payment form is available on-line in the Registration Section (while you are logged-in). Charging the fee to a credit card is accomplished on-line in real time.

Due to reasons independent of the organizers, fee payments will be accepted ONLY by credit cards.

Please, keep in mind, that any bank and/or money transfer charges linked to the conference fee payments are borne by the participants.


Fee, EUR

Early registration

Late registration

Before October 1, 2011

After October 1, 2011

Senior scientist



Young researcher*



*M.Sc. or Ph.D. student at the age below 30 or a participant holding a Ph.D. degree for less than four years.

Fee paid at the Workshop venue will be surcharged by 20% with respect to the late fee.

The registration fee covers admission to all Workshop scientific and social events, Workshop materials, lodging, bus transportation from the Institute of Physical Chemistry to the Workshop venue and back, and all meals.


Last minute travel informations!

For the convenience of the participants there will be two buses to Lochow departing from the premises of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, (Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw) on Friday, November 4, 2011.

From the Warsaw Central Railway Station or the Warsaw airport, please, come to our Institute.  You will receive your Workshop materials there. Between 12:00 and 15:00, free lunch will be served to all participants in the institute cafeteria.  Two busses will take us to the Lochow venue of the Workshop. The first will depart from the parking lot of the institute at around 13:00 p.m. and the second one at around 15:00 p.m.

Best way to reach our institute from the Warsaw Central Railway Station or the Warsaw airport is to take a taxi.  However, institute can be reached from Warsaw Central Railway station by bus 109 (direction: "Os. Górczewska").  The institute is located close to the bus stop "Szpital Wolski".  From the Warsaw airport you should take bus 175 (direction:"Pl. Piłsudzkiego"), step out at the bus stop "Dworzec Centralny" and change for the bus 109 (direction: "Os. Górczewska").  Your final destination is close to the bus stop "Szpital Wolski".  You can find more information on the web page of the Public Transport Authority of Warsaw.

Warsaw (Warszawa) can be conveniently reached by plane, train, or bus. Pałac Łochów (Łochów palace) is located in a small town Łochów, ca. 70 km North-East of Warsaw.

The Łochów palace is located at the Marii Konopnickiej Street in Łochów at the opposite end of the railway station. There is a parking lot near the hotel, which is free of charge for the guests.

 How to reach the Łochów Palace

By car

Best route to Łochów can be conveniently found using Google Maps service.  Here is an example of driving directions from the Warsaw Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna) to the Łochów Palace.  In general, from Warsaw, you should take road E67 in the direction of Białystok.  Then, near Wyszków, turn right and take the road 62 (direction Węgrów, Sokołów Podlaski).  After ca. 14 km, you will reach Łochów via Wyszkowska Street. Continue driving straight, first along Wyszkowska St. and then Al. Węgrowska until you reach the crossroad with Nowowiejska St. and Myśliwska St. Next, turn right in Myśliwska St. and after few hundred meters you will arrive in the Łochów Palace.

Please, be advised that although roads are quite well marked with road signs, a freeway network in Poland is still limited. So, the driving takes more time than in other European Union states.

By train or bus

Best way to get to Łochów from abroad is to come first to Warsaw.  Then, depending whether you arrive by plane or by train, you need to take a different route. However, in both cases you need to go to the Wileński Railway Station (Dworzec Wileński).

The best way to get there from the Warsaw Central Railway Station or the Fryderyk Chopin Okęcie Airport is to take a taxi.  For taxi, please, call one of the Warsaw taxi corporations, e.g., Taxi Volfra: +(48 22) 611 98 55, Super Taxi: +(48 22) 632 24 22, or City Warsaw Taxi: +(48 22) 848 88 88. For that purpose, first dial the + sign followed by 48 (country code, Poland) then 22 (city code, Warsaw) if calling from your mobile phone. Do not use country code when calling from a Warsaw local stationary phone. For location details, please, consult a Warsaw city map.

Warning. Do not take a taxi offered by a stranger. Otherwise, be prepared for heavy overcharging.

From the Warsaw Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna)

Take bus 517 or 160 (direction: Targówek) and step out of the bus stop Dworzec Wileński.  More information you can find on the web page of the Public Transport Authority of Warsaw.

From the Fryderyk Chopin Okęcie Airport

Take bus 175 (direction: Pl. Piłuddskiego) until the bus stop Centrum.  There, from the same bus stop, take bus 517 (direction: Targówek) and get out of the bus at the stop Dworzec Wileński.

From the Wileński Railway Station (Dworzec Wileński), you need to take a “Koleje Mazowieckie” train in the direction of Małkinia.  Łochów is a 17th stop.  The travel takes around 1 h.  Additional information on the train schedules can be found here.

Two private bus companies ( DAR-BUS and K. and W. POSIEWKA – web pages are only in Polish!) operate connections starting from Wileńska Street located near Wileński Railway Station (Dworzec Wileński) and Wileński square (Plac Wileński) to Łochów.  DAR-BUS is operating three bus lines. You need to take the line in the direction of Łochów or Sadowne (passing through Łochów).  Final bus stop is Łochów Railway Station (Łochów PKP).  POSIEWKA is running two lines to Ogrodniki and Kalinowiec.  Both of them are going through Łochów with stops near the Łochów Railway Station (Łochów PKP).  Moreover, a bus line to Kalinowiec is passing near the Łochów Palace.  A trip should take around 1.5 h (depending on the traffic conditions).

There is ca. 2 km (30 min walk) from the Łochów Railway Station to the Łochów Palace.  A convenient route can be found here.

Passports and Visas

Neither passport nor Polish visa is required to enter Poland for a foreign participant of the European Union states. A personal ID card suffices. Other foreign participants are requested to hold their passports valid for at least 6 months. No Polish visas are required for citizens of most foreign countries. If needed then, please, contact the nearest Polish Consulate or consult web page of the Polish Ministry of Foregin Affairs for visa arrangements. If an official letter of invitation is necessary then, please, send your request for an invitation letter to the organizers as soon as possible. Please, allow sufficient time preceding the Workshop for your Polish visa to be issued. The requested invitation letter sent is meant to help a participant to raise funds or to obtain a Polish visa. However, it is not a commitment of the organizers to provide any financial support or health insurance, unless clearly stated.

Insurance and liability

Participants are advised to take their own arrangements with respect to their health, travel, and property insurance. The Workshop organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private properties of participants or accompanying persons either during or directly arising from the SMCBS'2011 Workshop.


The Workshop venue is Pałac Łochów (Łochów palace)
ul. Marii Konopnickiej 1
07-130 Łochów
Tel.: +(48 25) 675 11 14
E-mail: [email protected].

The Łochów Palace in Łochów (Pałac Łochów w Łochowie) is a hotel and conference centre adapted from the XIXth century palace and garden complex built in 1830 for count Józef Hornowski by a fameous architect of the epoch, Bolesław Paweł Podczaszyński.  In its time, the palace was owned by renowned Polish aristocratic families of Hornowski, then Downarowicz, Zamoyski and, finally, Kurnatowski. Łochów is located ca. 70 km (ca. 1 h by car) North-East of Warsaw near the Bug Landscape Park (Nadbużański Park Krajobrazowy), on the Liwiec River bank.

Local Information

Time zone

The time zone in Poland is GMT+1 h (Central European), which is the same as that in Germany and Spain, but 1 h ahead of that in Portugal and the U.K. as well as 2 h behind of that in Moscow.


You can use public telephones with phone cards, which can be purchased in the post offices, airports, railway stations, press/tobacco kiosks, and in receptions of most hotels.

Mobile phones

All Polish GSM operators use GSM 900/1800 network type. When calling from your mobile to a stationary phone in Łochów use the +(48 25) prefix.

Emergency telephone numbers

  • General emergency: 112


  • Police: 997
  • Fire squad: 998
  • Medical first aid: 999

Internet connection

There is a cable network connection in the hotel rooms (network cable can be rented at the reception) in the Łochów palace accessible free of charge to the hotel guests.  There is also wireless network connection in the lecture and seminar halls.

There are several access numbers you can use, for instance, 20 21 22. The login name is ppp and the password is ppp. The cost is the same as that of a local phone call.

Currency and credit cards

The currency unit in Poland is the Polish zloty (zl), which is subdivided into 100 grosze (gr). The current exchange rate of zloty, e.g., to Euro or US dollar, can be conveniently checked if PLN is selected as the Polish currency code. In April 2011, this rate was about 3.94 PLN for 1 EUR, 4.41 PLN for 1 GBP and 2.65 PLN for 1 USD. You may change foreign currency and traveller's checks at several banks located in the city centers as well as in the money exchange offices located, e.g., at railway stations and airports. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and automatic cash machines.


Power voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Sockets take two round-pin 4-mm in diameter plugs. Ground connection is afforded with an extra 4-mm round pin in a socket.

Weather and clothing

The weather in November in Poland is shining with rainbow of falling colored leaves and because of that this season of the year is called the Polish gold fall. But it may be misty and rainy equally well and evenings may be quite cold. The average daytime temperature varies from 0 to 15 °C. There is a chance of rain, so that an umbrella, raincoat and comfortable walking shoes are advisable. Do not forget to check the weather forecast before departure for Poland.


Most shops (except of food stores) are open from 11:00 till 19:00. Some department stores may open earlier or close later on weekdays as well as on weekends. Polish craftwork is fascinating: wood craving and hand-woven rugs come mostly from the Zakopane region of the Carpathians Mountains. Other souvenirs include glass, hand-woven baskets, paper cut-outs as well as pottery and cut lead glass. One of the most common souvenirs is jewellery of amber from Baltic Sea. (Ancient Roman merchants used to come here to get it and the Cesar throne was richly amber encrusted.) Each individual piece of amber can be fashioned into a pendant, ring, bracelet, or earrings. Most highly prized is a piece of amber with a prehistoric insect preserved inside, though it is a rare find. Poland is also known for its silver jewellery, which is sometimes combined with amber to create uniquely Polish pieces of art jewellery.


Poles are known for their hospitality and appreciation of good food. Polish meals offer a wide selection of delicacies ranging from fresh game in season to Baltic herring. Red beetroot soup (borsch) is unique. Well known are Polish smoked sausage (kiełbasa) and stuffed cabbage (gołąbki). Dumplings (pierogi) come stuffed with meat or cottage cheese and potatoes, or blueberries, or sauerkraut and mushrooms. 'Bigos' is a stew made of sauerkraut, meat and mushrooms, while roast duck comes stuffed with apples. For dessert, try pastries with poppy seeds or, perhaps, a Polish donut filled with preserved fruit (pączek).


Contact information:       

The SMCBS'2011 Workshop
Polish Supramolecular Chemistry Network Foundation
under the auspices of the Institute of Physical Chemistry
Polish Academy of Sciences
Kasprzaka 44/52
01-224 Warsaw, Poland
Phone: +(48 22) 343 3217, +(48 22) 343 3280, +(48 22) 343 3375, or +(48 22) 343 3130
Fax: +(48 22) 343 3333
[email protected]