Symposium BM12—Biomolecular Self-Assembly for Materials Design

Nature has evolved a variety of creative approaches to many aspects of materials design. One such approach is bio-molecular self-assembly, which represents a simple and efficient route to the construction of large, complex structures. This phenomenon is also a key process in all living organisms where many of the building blocks exhibit a hierarchy of structures that are critical to their functions. One area that is currently receiving significant attention is design of nanostructured and self-assembled materials exploiting the self-assembling properties of natural building block such as de-novo designed peptides and peptoids, oligonucleotides, protein, DNA and RNA molecules as well as their conjugates with synthetic polymer. Significant progress has been made towards understanding the design rules, mechanisms and driving forces behind the self-assembly of these systems. This has led to the design of a new generation of functional and responsive materials for a diverse range of applications, such as tissue engineering, drug delivery, biosensing, microelectronics, templating and energy harvesting.

This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together those working the field of materials design exploiting bio-inspired self-assembly of biological molecules including peptides and polypeptides, peptoids, oligonucleotides, protein, DNA and RNA as well as hybrid materials.

Topics will include:

  • Self-assembly principles and materials design rules (incl. simulation)
  • Theory driven molecular and self-assembled material design
  • Building supra-molecular complex structure through bio-inspired self-assembly (incl. DNA origami)
  • Novel hybrids molecules for functional materials designs (incl. peptoids, conjugates peptide-DNA, synthetic polymer-DNA
  • Designing of 3-D functional structures (incl. hydrogels and organogels)
  • Designing 1-D nanostructured functional materials (incl. nanowire and nanotubes)
  • 2-D templating (incl. membranes, sheet and surface)
  • Exploiting bio-inspired self-assembly for the design of stimuli-responsive materials
  • Controlling biological interactions by design (incl. cell behavior, protein adhesion, immune responses)
  • Design of bio-inspired materials for biological application (incl. tissue engineering and cellular therapies)
  • Design of bio-inspired materials for biosensing, energy harvesting and electronic applications
  • Design of bio-inspired materials for controlled and targeted drug delivery

Invited Speakers:

  • M. Aguilar (Monash University, Australia)
  • A. Ajayaghosh (National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, India)
  • V. Concitello (Emory University, USA)
  • J. DePablo (University of Chicago, USA)
  • S. Heilshorn (Stanford University, USA)
  • C. Mirkin (Northwestern University, USA)
  • M. Reches (The Hebrew University of Jelusalem, Israel)
  • J. Tovar (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • M. Vinothan (Harvard University, USA)
  • D. Woolfson (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
  • R. Zuckerman (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Alberto Saiani
University of Manchester
School of Materials
United Kingdom

Dave Adams
University of Glasgow
College of Science and Engineering

Ayeesha Mujeeb
United Kingdom

Darrin Pochan
University of Delaware
College of Engineering

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