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Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Rainer Hainberger

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Rainer Hainberger


Senior Scientist


Health & Bioresources

Competence Unit

Molecular Diagnostics




+43 50550 4304


Giefinggasse 4, 1210 Vienna


Field: Molecular Diagnostics

Main Research: Diagnostics biosensors

Experience: Photonic biosensors, photonics, photonic integrated circuits technology, optical waveguide technology, printed biosensors, electrochemical biosensors, biosensor technologies for point-of-care diagnostics

  • 2000-2004: Researcher
    Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. / Japan
  • 2012-present: Photonics Austria


  • Multi-step surface functionalization of polyimide based evanescent wave photonic biosensors and application for DNA hybridization by Mach-Zehnder interferometer
    Author(s): E. Melnik, R. Bruck, R. Hainberger, M. Lämmerhofer
    Journal: Anal. Chim. Acta , 699 (2011) ; 206–215
  • Integrated polymer-based Mach-Zehnder interferometer label-free streptavidin biosensor compatible with injection molding
    Author(s): R. Bruck, E. Melnik, P. Muellner, R. Hainberger, M. Lämmerhofer
    Journal: Biosens. Bioelectron., 26 (2011) ; 3832–3837
  • Silicon photonic MZI sensor array employing on-chip wavelength multiplexing
    Author(s): P. Muellner, R. Bruck, M. Baus, M. Karl, T. Wahlbrink, R. Hainberger
    Journal: Opt. Quant. Electron., 44 (2012) ; 557–562
  • Light trapping by backside diffraction gratings in silicon solar cells revisited
    Author(s): M. Wellenzohn and R. Hainberger
    Journal: Opt. Express, 20 (2012) ; A20-7
  • Flexible thin-film polymer waveguides fabricated in an industrial roll-to-roll process
    Author(s): R. Bruck,P. Muellner, N. Kataeva, A. Koeck, S. Trassl, V. Rinnerbauer, K. Schmidegg, R. Hainberger
    Journal: Appl. Optics, 52 (2013) ; 4510-4514
  • Insights in the light trapping effect in silicon solar cells with backside diffraction gratings
    Author(s): M. Wellenzohn and R. Hainberger
    Journal: J. Photon. Energy, 3 (2013) ; 034595
  • Sensitivity and design of grating-assisted bimodal interferometers for integrated optical biosensing
    Author(s): R. Bruck, R. Hainberger
    Journal: Optics Express, 22 (2014) ; 32344-32352; DOI: 10.1364/OE.22.032344
  • Streptavidin binding as a model to characterize thiol-ene chemistry-based polyamine surfaces for reversible photonic protein biosensing
    Author(s): E. Melnik, P. Muellner, R. Hainberger, O. Bethge, E. Bertagnolli, M. Lämmerhofer,
    Journal: Chem. Commun., 50 (2014) ; 2424-2427
  • Human IgG detection in serum on polymer based Mach-Zehnder interferometric biosensors
    Author(s): E. Melnik, R. Bruck, P. Müllner, T. Schlederer, R. Hainberger, M. Lämmerhofer
    Journal: Journal of Biophotonics , 9 (2015) ; DOI: 10.1002/jbio.201500280
  • Local functionalization of CMOS-compatible Si3N4 Mach-Zehnder interferometers with printable functional polymers
    Author(s): E. Melnik, P. Müllner, G. Mutinati, G. Koppitsch, F. Schrank, R. Hainberger, M. Lämmerhofer
    Journal: Sensors and Actuators B, 236 (2016) ; DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2016.05.121
  • Broadband SiN asymmetric directional coupler for 840 nm operation
    Author(s): S. Nevlacsil, M. Eggeling, P. Muellner, G. Koppitsch,M. Sagmeister, J. Kraft, R. Hainberger
    Journal: OSA Continuum, 1 (2018) ; 1324-1331; DOI: 10.1364/OSAC.1.001324
  • Hexaammineruthenium (II)/(III) as alternative redox-probe to Hexacyanoferrat (II)/(III) for stable impedimetric biosensing with gold electrodes
    Author(s): J. D. Schrattenecker, R. Heer, E. Melnik, T. Maier, G. Fafilek, R. Hainberger
    Journal: Biosensors & Bioelectronics, 127 (2018) ; DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2018.12.007
  • Material gain concentration quenching in organic dye-doped polymer thin films
    Author(s): F. Vogelbacher, Z. Xue, J. Huang, M. Li, K.-J. Jiang, Y. Song, K. Unterrainer, R. Hainberger
    Journal: Optical Materials Express, 9 (2019) ; 1208-1222; DOI: 10.1364/OME.9.001208
  • Integrated optical waveguide and nanoparticle based label-free molecular biosensing concepts
    Author(s): R. Hainberger, P. Muellner, E. Melnik, M. Wellenzohn, R. Bruck, J. Schotter, S. Schrittwieser, M. Waldow, T. Wahlbrink, G. Koppitsch, F. Schrank, K. Soulantica, S. Lentijo, B. Pelaz, W. Parak
    Conference Photonics West, San Francisco (USA)
  • Silicon nitride waveguide integration platform for medical diagnostic applications
    Author(s): R. Hainberger, P. Muellner, E. Melnik, G. Mutinati, M. Eggeling, A. Maese-Novo, J. Kraft, G. Koppitsch, G. Meinhardt, F. Schrank
    Conference 2016 Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS), Shanghai
  • Silicon-nitride waveguide-based integrated photonic circuits for medical diagnostic and other sensing applications
    Author(s): R. Hainberger, P. Muellner, S. Nevlacsil, A. Maese-Novo, F. Vogelbacher, M. Eggeling, J. Schotter, M. Sagmeister, G. Koppitsch, J. Kraft
    Conference Photonics West OPTO, Smart Photonic and Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits XXI, San Francisco

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