Prof. Dr. Bao-Lian Su


Elected to the Royal Academy of Belgium on March 2011, Prof. Su earned his Doctorate from the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France in 1992. After a post-doctoral stay at the University of Namur, Belgium and then at Catalytica Inc., California, USA, he joined the faculty of the University of Namur (FUNDP) in Sept. 1995 and created the Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry (CMI). Dr. Su was the President of Namur Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Belgium, serves as the President of the Chemical Society of Chinese Scholars in Belgium and as the President of Materials Research Society of Chinese Scholars in Belgium since 2007. He has been elected as the Council member of the International Zeolite Association since 2007 and the Council member of the International Mesostructured Materials Association since 2008. He is the International Expert for the Chinese government ?111? program. Since 2007 he holds the ?Changjiang? Chair Professorship appointed by the Chinese Ministry of Education at the Wuhan University of Technology and in 2008 was appointed as an ?Expert of the State? as part of the Chinese Government ?Thousand Talents? Program.

Prof. Su has received a series of major awards such as the ?Invention Award of Sinopec? in 1992, the ?China Patent Excellence Award? in 1994, the ?Adolphe Wetrems Prize? of the Royal Academy of Belgium in 2007 and the ?IUPAC Distinguished Award for Novel Materials and their Synthesis? by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry in 2011.

He has published 346 scientific papers (with more than 4000 citations and an H index of 40) and book chapters and is the editor of one Wiley-VCH book and three special issues of high profile journals. He also holds three international patents. In the analysis of mesoporous materials research over the past decade made by ESI-Thomson Rueters, he ranks at #8 in the world. He is coordinator and principle leader of more than 30 research projects within the context of Europe, NATO, Belgian Government, National Science Foundation and Wallonia Region.

Prof. Su?s current research fields include the synthesis, the property study and the molecular engineering of nanostructures and highly organized and hierarchically porous materials, bio-integrated living and bio-inspired materials including leaf-like materials by the immobilization of living organisms and biomaterials for artificial photosynthesis, nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, energy storage and conversion, cell therapy and biomedical applications.



This presentation highlights the advances that have been made over recent years in the domain of bio-entities and whole-cell encapsulation within hierarchically porous structures, particularly focusing on examples of photosynthetic species, plant cells, bacteria and algae as well as animal cells. The possibility of a controlled exploitation of photosynthetic cells in the domain of CO2 sequestration and transformation into biofuels, drugs and fine chemicals through solar energy conversion coupled with the most recent advances made in the domain of cell therapy reveal the need to develop novel devices that can preserve living cells within abiotic porous frameworks. This review shall corroborate this statement by selecting precise examples that unambiguously demonstrate the necessity and the benefits of such smart materials. As will be described, the handling and exploitation of photosynthetic cells is enhanced by encapsulation since the cells are physically separated from the aqueous medium, thereby facilitating the recovery of the metabolites produced and thus allowing for the increase in reaction efficiencies. In the case of animal cells, their encapsulation within a matrix is essential in order to create a physical barrier that can protect the cells auto-immune defenders upon implantation as artificial organs into a living body. The part of work can open a new avenue to develop biocompatible biomedical devices for cell therapy such as for Diabetic diseases.

Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry (CMI)
The University of Namur (FUNDP)

Thursday 16th of August, Noon

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