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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 E—Engineering and Application of Bioinspired Materials

Bioinspired engineering is a promising approach to generate advanced materials for various applications. Natural architecture and assembly processes offer materials scientists and engineers a sustainable path to the development of high-performance, next-generation materials and devices. There have been many exciting recent developments in bioinspired engineering of advanced structural, sensing, and energy materials, as well as adhesives, coatings, and membranes. This symposium will cover both the fundamental exploration of the synthesis, structure, and performance of materials inspired by biological systems in nature, and their applications. There will be sessions dedicated to structured materials at different length-scales for applications in functional surfaces, coatings, sensing, and energy and sessions that target the applications of bioinspired materials in photonics and electronics. We anticipate this symposium will bring together leading researchers from around the world to discuss the state-of-the-art developments in this exciting area of materials science and engineering.

Topics will include:

  • Photonic devices with biological and bio-inspired materials (joint session with the symposium E "Engineering and Application of Bio-inspired Materials")
  • Bioinspired structural materials
  • Structure-function relationships in bioinspired materials
  • Energy storage and other energy-related applications of bioinspired materials
  • Bioinspired sensing materials
  • Bioinspired coatings
  • Electronic devices with biological and bio-inspired materials
  • Surfaces and interfaces inspired by nature
  • Biomolecular and biomimetic self-assembly processes
  • Synthesis of protein-mimetics
  • Biomimetic control over formation of inorganic materials

Invited Speakers:

  • Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard University, USA)
  • Gianluca Maria Farinola (University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy)
  • Ashwin Gopinath (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Niek van Hulst (ICFO, Spain)
  • Lei Jiang (ICCAS, China)
  • Fiona Meldrum (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • Daniel Morse (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Chiara Neto (Sydney University, Australia)
  • Radislav Potyrailo (GE Research Center, USA)
  • John Rogers (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Ken Sandhage (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Nadrian Seeman (New York University, USA)
  • Nico Sommerdijk (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Ullrich Steiner (AMI, Switzerland)
  • Vladimir Tsukruk (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Evelyn Wang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Stephen Whitelam (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Tao Deng
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
School of Materials Science and Engineering

James J. De Yoreo
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Materials Synthesis and Simulation across Scales

Silvia Vignolini
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Jun Wang
A123 Systems, LLC