Symposium FL
Biological, Biohybrid and Bioinspired Materials: From Electronics and Photonics to Medicine

Gianluca FARINOLA, University of Bari, Italy  (Convener)
Guglielmo LANZANI, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Lia ADDADI, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Takuzo AIDA, University of Tokyo, Japan
Joanna AIZENBERG, Harvard University, USA
Stefania CICCO, CNR-ICCOM, Italy
Marco D'ISCHIA, University of Naples, Italy
Laurent A. FRANCIS, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Thomas FUHRMANN-LIEKER, University of Kassel, Germany
Eric Daniel GLOWACKI, Linkoping University, Sweden
Alon GORODETSKY, University of California, Irvine, USA
Mihai IRIMIA-VLADU, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria
Yasuhiro ISHIDA, RIKEN, Japan
Mathias KOLLE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Benedetto MARELLI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Nicola MARTINO, Harvard University, USA
Raul J. MARTIN PALMA, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Paul MEREDITH, University of Queensland & Swansea University, Australia & UK
Roisin OWENS, Ecole Nationale Sup. des Mines de Saint Etienne, France
Alessandro PEZZELLA, University of Naples, Italy
Roberta RAGNI, University of Bari, Italy
David RAND, University of Tel Aviv, Israel
Marco ROLANDI, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Radwanul H. SIDDIQUE, California Institute of Technology, USA
Daniel SIMON, University of Linkoping, Sweden
Massimo TROTTA, CNR-IPCF, Italy
Milana VASUDEV, University of Massachusetts, Darthmouth, USA
Silvia VIGNOLINI, University of Cambridge, UK
Cenk AKTAS, Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany
Magnus BERGGREN, Linkoping University, Sweden
Dermot DIAMOND, Dublin University College, Ireland
Laurent A. FRANCIS, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Malte C. GATHER, University of St Andrews, UK
Eric Daniel GLOWACKI, Linkoping University, Sweden
Hendrik HOELSCHER, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Matjaz HUMAR, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Sahika INAL, King Abdullah Univ.of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Olle INGANAS, Linkoping University, Sweden
Yasuhiro ISHIDA, RIKEN, Japan
Mathias KOLLE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Paola MANINI, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Jesus MARTINEZ DE LA FUENTE, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Phillip B. MESSERSMITH, University of California Berkeley, USA
Sedat NIZAMOGLU, Koc University, Turkey
Wim NOORDUIN, AMOLF, Netherlands
Fiorenzo OMENETTO, Tufts University, USA (Keynote Speaker)
Emilio PARISINI, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
Roberta RAGNI, University of Bari, Italy
Gil ROSENMAN, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Akira SAITO, Osaka University, Japan
Eleni STAVRINIDOU, Linkoping University, Sweden
Massimo TROTTA, CNR-IPCF, Italy
Silvia VIGNOLINI, University of Cambridge, UK
Kenny WEIR, Imperial College London, UK
Along the evolutionary timescale, living organisms have perfected a widespread diversity of highly sophisticated structures, from the molecular to the macroscopic scale, to perform diverse and complex biological functions. These includes not only chemical and biological processes, but also interactions with light and charge transport relevant to many physiological processes.
Only recently material scientists have started to explore photonic, electronic and biomedical devices based on biological and bio-inspired materials. Groundbreaking results have also been shown by the direct use of living organisms to produce materials in situ or as scaffolds for the direct in vivo construction of devices.   Hybrid architectures of artificial components (e.g. polymers, nanoparticles) with biological structures can be obtained either by self-assembly and chemical synthesis / modification or directly produced by living organisms.
The symposium “Biological, biohybrid and bioinspired materials: from electronics and photonics to medicine” will cover many classes of biological and bio-inspired materials for a number of applications. These will include photosynthetic pigments and reaction centers, biosilica, calcite, silk, melanins, DNA, and various structural proteins. The symposium will mainly focus on the materials side; it aims to combine the fundamental understanding of physical mechanisms underlying the biological and bio-inspired materials with devices applications, emphasizing the key role of chemical and physical aspects.
This approach is meant to enlarge the community of researchers traditionally involved in materials science, including the contribution of biologists and biotechnologists, thus eyeing up new directions and languages in the future directions of development.
Session Topics

FL-1 Classes of materials and their synthesis and chemical modification

  • biological photonic crystals
  • plant and bacteria photosystems
  • biosilica, calcite and other inorganic materials
  • silk
  • DNA
  • melanins
  • cellulose
  • structural proteins

FL-2 Electronic devices with biological and bio-inspired materials

  • sensors
  • photodetectors
  • memory devices
  • transistors
  • electronic interfaces with living cells and tissues

FL-3 Photonic devices with biological and bio-inspired materials

  • photonic crystals
  • waveguides
  • lasing
  • structural colors

FL-4 Bio-medical devices with biological and bio-inspired materials

  • materials for drug release
  • platforms for regenerative medicine
  • neuronal interfaces


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