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.