Symposium BM03—Biological and Bioinspired Materials for Photonics and Electronics—From Living Organisms to Devices

Living organisms have developed numerous apparatuses, starting from simple units, to perform sophisticated chemical and physical functions with very high level of efficiency and selectivity. These functions include biochemical processes, interactions with light (i.e. absorption, emission, refraction), ionic and electronic charge transport. Such features are the results of a diverse range of molecular and supramolecular architectures which have been evolutionary optimized.

The implementation of biological materials in photonic and electronic devices and the design of artificial materials inspired by biological structures are two ways to learn and exploit the lessons from nature. Both areas are receiving increasing interest in the last years and groundbreaking results have been recently shown regarding the direct use of living organisms to produce materials in situ or as scaffolds for the direct in vivo implementation of devices.

The symposium will focus on the recent developments of this exciting and rapidly evolving field, highlighting the manifold and fascinating possibilities opened in materials science and technology by the use of living organisms for design and synthesis of new materials, or as materials themselves, for photonics and electronics. This symposium will be an inspiring forum stimulating the progress of a new common language bridging physics, chemistry, biology, materials science and engineering. The symposium is expected to attract academic and industrial researchers willing to contribute to and take part in the fast progress of this new area that will likely have an important impact on future technological developments of materials science. The topics covered in the symposium will range from the chemical and biological aspects of the materials, to their application in advanced sensors, actuators and new generation biohybrid electronic and photonic systems, including smart interfaces with living organisms. Devices engineering and manufacture with bioinspired and biological materials and with living organisms as well as fundamental studies aiming to ultimately unraveling the physical properties of complex chemical and biological systems will be included.

Topics will include:

  • Biological materials for photonics and electronics (e.g. biological photonics crystals, biosilica, DNA, melanin, silk, cellulose)
  • Bioinspired materials for photonics and electronics (e.g. biomimetic semiconductors for charge transport, biomimetic polymers, materials for biophotonics and bioprotonics)
  • Living materials for photonics and electronics (e.g. algae, bacteria, cells, plants, insects )
  • Biological, biotechnological and chemical processes in the production of biological and bioinspired materials for photonics and electronics
  • Photonic and electronic devices with biological and bioinspired materials (e.g. sensors, actuators, photoconverters, lasers, waveguides, biomedical devices)
  • Photonic and electronic devices with living organisms
  • Physical processes in biological, bioinspired and living materials for photonics and electronics
  • Biotic/abiotic Interfaces

Invited Speakers:

  • Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, USA)
  • Guillermo Bazan (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Magnus Berggren (Linkoping University, Sweden)
  • Eike Brunner (Dresden Universty, Germany)
  • Hui Cao (Yale University, USA)
  • Luisa De Cola (Université de Strasbourg, France)
  • Laurent A. Francis (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Thomas Fuhrmann-Lieker (University of Kassel, Germany)
  • Alon Gorodetsky (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • Yasuhiro Ishida (RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, Japan)
  • Mathias Kolle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Guglielmo Lanzani (Italian Insitute of Technology (IIT), Italy)
  • Benedetto Marelli (Tufts University, USA)
  • Nicola Martino (Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard Universty, USA)
  • Raul J. Martin-Palma (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)
  • Paul Meredith (University of Queensland St Lucia, Australia)
  • Fiorenzo Omenetto (Tufts University, USA)
  • Benjamin Palmer (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
  • David Rand (University of Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Marco Rolandi (University of Santa Cruz, USA)
  • Gerd Schroeder-Turk (Murdoch University, Australia)
  • Radwanul Hasan Siddique (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Claudia Tortiglione (CNR Napoli, Italy)
  • Massimo Trotta (CNR Bari, Italy)
  • Milana Vasudev (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA)
  • Di Zhang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Gianluca Maria Farinola
Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro
Dipartimento di Chimica

Eric Daniel Glowacki
Linköping University
Laboratory of Organic Electronics

Radislav A. Potyrailo
GE Global Research
Photonics Laboratory, Micro and Nano Structures Technologies

Silvia Vignolini
University of Cambridge
Chemistry Department
United Kingdom

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