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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium D—Biological and Bioinspired Materials in Photonics and Electronics—Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Through billions of years of evolution, living organisms have developed a wide variety of highly sophisticated materials to cope with a number of diverse and complex biological functions. Among these, interaction with light (i.e. absorption, emission, refraction) and ionic and electronic transport properties play a key role in many basic physiological processes. Only recently material scientists have started to develop photonic and electronic devices based on biological and bio-inspired materials. The use of biological materials can take advantage of in vivo production, enabling a combination of materials science and biotechnology which will open ground-breaking scientific and technological directions. In addition, hybrid architectures of artificial components (e.g. semiconducting polymers, quantum dots) with biological structures can be either obtained by self-assembly and chemical synthesis / modification or produced by “living foundries” or bio-factories. Examples of biological and/or bio-inspired materials which reveal intriguing applications in photonics and electronics include: photosynthetic systems, photonic nano-biostructures, biosilica, silk, melanins, DNA, many structural proteins. Living cells have been also explored as active components of electronic devices. The symposium will mainly focus on the materials side, and applications will be covered to complement and illustrate the underpinning chemical and physical aspects. These will include: (bio)synthesis, chemical or biological modifications of the materials, generation of new bio-hybrid systems, extraction, processing and assembly, ultimately unraveling the physical properties of complex chemical and biological systems. The symposium proposed aims especially to bridge the gap between the fundamental understanding of physical mechanisms coupled with biological and bio-inspired materials and devices applications, emphasizing the key role of chemical and physical aspects related to the molecular and supramolecular architectures of complex biological systems.

Topics will include:

  • Biological materials for photonics and optoelectronics (including biological photonic crystals, plant and bacteria photosystems, biosilica, calcite)
  • Biological materials for electronics (including melanin, silk, DNA, proteins)
  • Synthesis of bio-mimetic and bio-inspired materials
  • Chemical modification of biological materials
  • Biological sources of materials for photonics and electronics and biotechnological production of bio-materials
  • Photonic devices with biological and bio-inspired materials (joint session with the symposium E "Engineering and Application of Bio-inspired Materials")
  • Biodegradable, biocompatible and edible materials for photonics and electronics
  • Electronic devices with biological and bio-inspired materials (joint session with the symposium E "Engineering and Application of Bio-inspired Materials")
  • Living cells in electronic and photonic devices

Invited Speakers:

  • Chris Bettinger (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Mireille Blanchard-Desce (Institute of Molecular Sciences (ISM), France)
  • Agneta Richter Dahlfors (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Tao Deng (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
  • Gabor Forgacs (University of Missouri/Organovo, USA)
  • Jose Antonio Garrido (Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany)
  • Alon Gorodetsky (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • Stéphanie Lacour (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
  • Guglielmo Lanzani (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
  • Rajesh Naik (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Aleksandr Noy (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Roisin Owens (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, France)
  • Alessandro Pezzella (University of Napoli, Italy)
  • Marco Rolandi (University of Washington Seattle, USA)
  • Eva-Kathrin Sinner (Life Sciences University (BOKU) Vienna, Austria)
  • Massimo Trotta (CNR IPCF, Italy)
  • Silvia Vignolini (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Mihai Irmia Vladu (Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft, Austria)
  • Tsukasa Yoshida (Yamagata University, Japan)
  • Bo Zhu (Donghua University, Shanghai, China)

Symposium Organizers

Gianluca Maria Farinola
University of Bari Aldo Moro
Department of Chemistry

Eric Daniel Glowacki
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells, Physical Chemistry

Fiorenzo Omenetto
Tufts University
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Clara Santato
Polythecnique Montreal
Department of Engineering Physics