The synergistic combination of biology and materials provides a powerful paradigm for research in biomaterials, healthcare, food processing, and materials applications. The interplay between these two domains occurs in many fashions, ranging biomimetic materials through interfaced bionanosystems. Successful research in this domain requires effective understanding of chemistry, materials research, biology, and interfacial science, providing a fertile ground for cross-cutting interdisciplinary research

This symposium will focus on research at the interface between man-made and biological materials. We will focus in particular on the latest research emphasizing how synergy between man-made and synthetic materials can be game-changing in terms of structure and function.  This symposium will cover new tools for bioconjugation, novel approaches to ‘cyborg’ synthetic/biological constructs, imaging and characterization of the bio-nano interface, and the application of these strategies to a broad range of applications.

Symposium Topics

  • Biomimetic materials, including inorganic and polymeric nanoparticles, carbon dots, and biologically-derived nanoparticles
  • Biomedical applications of bioconjugated nanomaterials
  • Controlled interactions of biomolecules with nanomaterials for sensing and delivery
  • Experimental and modeling studies of bio-nano interfaces
  • Lipid rafts as model membranes
  • Biomaterial mechanics
  • Bionanomaterials in new food systems

Invited Speakers

Sharon Glotzer  (University of Michigan, USA), Wolfgang Parak (University of Marburg, Germany), Hedi Mattoussi (Florida State University, USA), Osvaldo Novais De Oliveira (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Roberto Milan (University of Havana, Cuba), Molly Stevens (Imperial College, UK), Jin-Xie Liang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. R. China), Francesco Stellacci (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland), Gang Han (University of Massachusetts, USA), Taeghwan Hyeon (Seoul National University, Korea), Jorge F. Toro-Vázquez (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, México), Maurizio Prato (University of Trieste, Italy), Helim Aranda-Espinoza (University of Maryland, USA), Cecilia Noguéz (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México), Christopher Wood (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México).

Confirmed Invited Speakers: Francesco Stellacci (EPFL-Zwitzerland), Nathan C. Gianneschi (California-USA), Frank Caruso (Melbourn-Australia), Laura Fabris (Rutgers-USA), Cecilia Noguez (UNAM-Mexico), Francoise Winnik (Montreal-Canada), Miguel Angel Méndez (UDALP-Mexico), Vince Rotello (Massachusetts-USA), Gang Han (Massachusetts-USA), Victor Castaño (UNAM-Mexico)