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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 G—Plasma Processing and Diagnostics for Life Sciences

Plasma Chemistry and Life Sciences probably met the first time in the 50’s, when S.L. Miller ignited an electrical discharge in a gas mixture of the presumed components (methane, ammonia, hydrogen and water vapor) of the primordial atmosphere on Earth. Amino acids were found after the experiment in the glass vessel reactor, and a consistent hypothesis on how Life could have started on our planet was confirmed.

Nowadays Plasma Science and Technology impacts many areas of Medicine, Biology, Pharmacy, Agriculture and so on. In these fields, plasma can interact with organisms to induce various functions and new phenomena. Potential applications include the inactivation of bacteria, wound disinfection and healing, fighting some types of cancers, and activation of cell functions including proliferation. Additionally, plasmas at low and atmospheric pressure enable surface modification and fabrication of organic and inorganic materials to create advanced biomaterials, drug delivery systems, scaffolds and nanoparticles for Tissue Engineering, biomedical devices and so on. The clarification of mechanisms of gas phase reactions and plasma induced surface interactions with organisms are provide key challenges for advanced diagnostics. Thus, the emerging field, ‘Plasma Life Sciences,’ has the potential to establish new interdisciplinary areas and create new, large-scale industries. In order to assure these developments and increase innovation, it is absolutely required to surpass the current conventions by developing new materials, processing methods and diagnostics technologies.

This symposium focuses on discussing the broad range of innovative technologies for Plasma Life Science and precedes this field by transmitting new concepts toward the rest of the world on the basis of the viewpoint of material science and technology.

Topics will include:

  • Plasma Medicine: apoptosis of cancer cells,ulcer wound treatment, blood coagulation, immune response stimulation,inactivation of bacteria, virus, prions, skin rejuvenation (wrinkle removal), surgical operation and the evaluation of DNAand cell level homeostasis
  • PlasmaDentistry: tooth bleaching, oral bacteria killing, implant modification
  • PlasmaWelfare: sterilization, activation of organisms, longer operational life
  • Plasma Agriculture and Fisheries:inactivation of mold, rapid growth of plants, deodorizing, disinfection, rapidgrowth of fish and water purification
  • PlasmaSurface Modifications of Biomaterials: synthesis (deposition, treatment,grafting) of biocompatible surfaces, surface immobilization and embedding ofbiomolecules; bacterial resistant surfaces, controlled release of drugs; novelsurfaces for tissue engineering scaffolds; stimuli-responsive coatings, surfacemodified prosthesis
  • Plasma Surface Modifications of Biomedical Devices: unfouling, nano-textured, nano/micro patterned surfaces; tuning ofsurface hydrophobicity and lubricity; biotemplates; biosensors
  • Plasma Reactors and Simulations for LifeSciences: atmospheric pressure plasma, liquid phase plasma, simulation forgas/liquid plasma and their controlling technologies
  • Plasma Diagnostics: spatiotemporalmeasurement of radical, ion, photon, and shocking wave, real time monitoring indense media and gas/liquid interface
  • Security and Standardization for Plasma LifeApplications

Invited Speakers:

  • Peter Awakowicz (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)
  • Pietro Favia (University of Bari, Italy)
  • Masaru Hori (Nagoya University, Japan)
  • Michael Keidar (George Washington University, USA)
  • Mark Kushner (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Akira MIzuno (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)
  • Deborah O’Connell (University of York, United Kingdom)
  • Masaharu Shiratani (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Suk Jae Yoo (National Fusion Research Institute, Republic of Korea)

Symposium Organizers

Masaaki Nagatsu
Shizuoka University
Graduate School of Science and Technology

Peter Bruggeman
University of Minnesota
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mounir Laroussi
Old Dominion University

Stephan Reuter
Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology - INP Greifswald e.V/ZIK plasmatis

Eric Robert
GREMI, CNRS/University of Orleans