Crossing frontiers in designing of bio-inspired materials - a novel breakthrough in material science
many decades scientists have been attracted by solutions found in
nature, yet only recent developments of experimental techniques allow
for designing and full characterizations of materials inspired by
nature. The growing amount of results concerning studies on
bio-inspired materials necessitates the exchange of ideas concerning
More and more materials scientists search their inspiration for creating new materials in nature to achieve well defined, controllable properties by design. Therefore multi-disciplinary research is focused on using and expanding fundamental understanding of the formation and hierarchical construction of biological materials such as viruses, cells, and bio-minerals (bones, teeth, seashells etc.) and the subsequent transfer of the know-how gathered in this fundamental work for materials design. Also solutions observed for animals can be used as templates for the construction of novel materials. The Symposium will attract scientists and engineers working on the design of materials inspired by nature: so-called bio-mimetic materials, which can be used for technical and engineering applications. A good example of bio-mimetic system is the development of motion sensors based on superficial sensor cupulae of fish for which the morphology and mechanical responses comprising the elastic modulus and retardation time were investigated. Having collected all the above mentioned information the structure and composition of living organisms can be imitated.
The potential of microscopic and spectroscopic experimental methods, which were extensively presented in the Symposium J at the E-MRS Fall Meeting 2007, should be now extended to bio-inspired materials, with the aim of promoting this novel approach in materials science.
We seek for contributions dealing with designing and fabrication of novel bio-inspired materials for engineering applications. In this context, micro and nanoscale experimental methods such as: electron microscopy, surface probe microscopy and spectroscopy, mechanical testing as well as nanotribology allowing the full understanding of bio-inspired materials properties will be favored.
The participants are encouraged to present their most recent studies concerning transfer of solutions used and developed by nature bio-mimetic materials, by focusing rather on the material properties than on the biological aspects.
The symposium will consist of five sessions, listed below:
Due to the small number of submitted contributions to symposium H, organizers of this symposium in agreement with Symposium L organizers decided to join both symposia.
Symposium H will be independent; however it will be part of symposium L with common for both symposia audience and the same venue. Presentations of participants of symposium H are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Participants of Sympoium H will have opportunity to publish their papers in JMS-Materials in Medicine or Polymers International (IF=1.5)). The best papers will be published in Tissue Engineering (IF=3.7).
We are very sorry for this inconvenience.
Symposium H Organizers
Tentative list of invited speakers:
Prof. Dr. Ralph Spolenak, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Design rules for biomimetic materials: from adhesive structures to nanocomposites - the role of materials in intelligent behavior
Dr Ille Gebeshuber, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
Bacilli, green algae, diatoms and red blood cells – how biology inspires novel materials in nanoarchitectural applications
Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel,Universität Bayreuth, Germany
Spider silk – production and processing of a fascinating biomaterial
Prof. Gil Rosenman, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Peptide Nanotubes: Physical Properties and Technological ApplicationsProf. Nick Kotov, University of Michigan, USA
Mimicking Bone Microtructure with Synthetic and Bilogical Materials
Prof. Dr. Christoph Neinhuis, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Functional self-organizing surface structures in biology and engineering
Prof. Wilhelm Barthlott, Nees-Institute for Biodiversity of Plants, Bonn, Germany
The Lotus-Effect: Biomimetic Superhydrophobic Surfaces and their Application
Prof.Georgy V. Gursky , Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology RAS (EIMB), Moscow, Russian Federation
Oligomers isohelical to DNA: DNA-binding properties and applications for construction of nano-scaled devices
Dr. Ireneusz Piwonski
University of Lodz
Department of Chemical Technology and Environmental Protection
Pomorska 163; 90-236 Lodz, Poland
Dr. Magdalena Parlinska-Wojtan
Empa Materials Science and Technology
Laboratory for Nanscale Materials Science
Ueberlandstrasse 129; CH-8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland
Prof. Vladimir Tsukruk
Georgia Institute of Technology,
School of Materials Science and Engineering &
School of Polymer, Textile, and Fiber Engineering
771 Ferst Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30332-0245; USA
Karolina A. Rzepiejewska-Malyska
Empa Materials Science and Technology
Materials Measurement Research Group
3602 Thun, Switzerland