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

Gianluca FARINOLA, University of Bari, Italy 

Maria A. CAPOZZI, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Luisa DE COLA, University of Strasbourg, France
Jesus Martinez DE LA FUENTE, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Malte C. GATHER, University of St.Andrews, UK
Hendrik HÕLSCHER, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Yasuhiro ISHIDA, RIKEN, Japan
Mathias KOLLE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Guglielmo LANZANI, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Raul J. MARTIN PALMA, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Nicola MARTINO, Harvard University, USA
Christian B. NIELSEN, Queen Mary University London, UK
Sedat NIZAMOGLU, Koc University, Turkey
Alessandro PEZZELLA, University of Naples, Italy
Maurizio PRATO, University of Trieste, Italy
Angela PUNZI, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Roberta RAGNI, University of Bari, Italy
Akira SAITO, Osaka University, Japan
Yury SHCHIPUNOV, Institute of Chemistry, RAS, Russia
Daniel SIMON, University of Linkoping, Sweden
Eleni STAVRINIDOU, University of Linkoping, Sweden
Natalie STINGELIN, Georgia Tech, USA & Imperial College London, UK
Massimo TROTTA, CNR-IPCF, Italy
Silvia VIGNOLINI, University of Cambridge, UK
Living organisms have developed by evolution a wide variety of apparatuses to perform sophisticated functions with optimized efficiency and selectivity. These include not only biochemical transformations, but also physical processes such as interaction with light (i.e. absorption, emission, refraction), ionic and electronic charge transport. The accomplishment of these functions is made possible by a multiplicity of diverse molecular and supramolecular structures which have been perfected along the evolution timescale.
Increasing interest has been raised over the last years by implementation of biological and bio-inspired materials in photonic and electronic devices, and also in bio-medical applications. Even more interestingly, ground-breaking results have been recently shown by the direct use of living organisms to produce the materials, or as scaffolds for direct in vivo devices assembling.
The symposium “Biological, biohybrid and bioinspired materials: from electronics and photonics to medicine” will cover many classes of biological and bioinspired materials for a number of applications. These include, but are not limited to, materials from photosynthetic organisms (e.g. pigments, reaction centers, plants), biological polymers (e.g. cellulose, silk, lignine, melanins,  DNA), bio-inorganic materials (e.g. biosilica, calcite, magnetite). The symposium will mainly focus on the materials, but also the optoelectronic/photonic devices and biomedical applications will be covered, aiming to combine the fundamental understanding of the mechanisms underlying the biological materials’ properties with the applications.
This symposium will set up a forum of discussion enlarging the community of researchers traditionally involved in materials science by including the contribution of biologists and biotechnologists, thus eyeing up new directions and languages for advancing this revolutionary scientific and technological field.
Session Topics

FP-1 Classes of materials and their (bio)synthesis, structure and chemical modification

  • materials from plants and photosynthetic organisms  
  • biosilica, calcite, magnetite and other bio-inorganic materials
  • biopolymers (e.g. cellulose, silk, melanines, lignine)
  • DNA

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

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

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

  • photonic crystals
  • waveguides
  • lasing
  • structural colors

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

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


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