Symposium BM11—Modeling, Characterization, Fabrication and Applications of Advanced BiopolymersWhere Form Meets Function

Advanced biopolymers are polymers that occur in nature and that can be engineered in forms that bring new functions to the natural materials. Silk fibroin, cellulose, collagen, keratin, DNA, elastin, mucin, suckerin are just few examples of these materials. Recent advances in biopolymers processing have set the foundations for their uses in agriculture, edible and implantable photonics and electronics devices, along with classical applications in the biomedical field. This reinvention of biopolymers in advanced materials originates from their innate ability to serve at the biotic/abiotic interface, nanostructured nature, assembly in multiscale, hierarchical architectures, low-energy processing, and ease of functionalization with doping agents. This symposium will bring together the most recent advances in the modeling, characterization and fabrication of biopolymers with their applications as advanced materials where engineered forms meet designed functions.

Topics will include:

  • Modeling of biopolymers assembly, mechanics and deformation
  • Characterization of biopolymers across several scales
  • Assembly of biopolymers: from self assembly to directed assembly
  • Biopolymers in regenerative medicine and tissue modeling
  • Optoelectronic applications of biopolymers
  • Advanced fabrication of biopolymers
  • Biofabrication and biomanufacturing

Invited Speakers:

  • Carlos Castro (Ohio State University, USA)
  • Jennifer Cha (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Gianluca Farinola (University of Bari, Italy)
  • Sarah Heilshorn (Stanford University, USA)
  • David Kaplan (Tufts University, USA)
  • Kristi Kiick (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Cecilia Leal (University of Illinois, USA)
  • Geraldine Merle (McGill University, Canada)
  • Rajesh Naik (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Nadine Nassif (Collège de France, France)
  • Sedat Nizamoglu (Ozyegin University, Turkey)
  • Roisin Owen (MINES, Saint-Étienne, France)
  • Katharina Ribbeck (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Marco Rolandi (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
  • Silvia Vignolini (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Peng Yin (Harvard University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Benedetto Marelli
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fiorenzo Omenetto
Tufts University
Biomedical Engineering

Jelena Rnjak-Kovacina
University of New South Wales
Biomedical Engineering

Hu Tao
University of Texas at Austin
Mechanical Engineering