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Symposium SB07-Lipid Materials—Theory, Fundamentals and Applications

Lipids are the building blocks of all living membranes. Understanding how biomembranes synthesize themselves, remodel, and operate has inspired numerous advances in materials development. From uses in lubricant additives, soaps, and cosmetics to biological applications ranging from mRNA delivery nanoparticles to inorganic nanocrystal ligands and supported bilayers for sensing, lipid matter is everywhere. Lipids and their synthetic analogues offer complex toolkits for designing and/or templating functional and responsive materials having 2D and 3D superstructures mimicking the rich polymorphism of biomembranes. The synthesis design space is well established for ground state equilibrium assembly or kinetically trapped systems. However, a current challenge in making lipid-based materials is being able to capture the process of living systems operating under out-of-equilibrium, active, and energy dissipative conditions.

This symposium will highlight experimental and theoretical topics of lipid materials impacting fundamental soft matter research as well as a broad range of biotechnology and biomedicine applications. We aim to connect research communities working on different scientific aspects of lipid structure, assembly, and function, including lipid synthesis, phase equilibria, lipid nanoparticles, active membranes, and surface patterning.

Topics will include:

  • Advances in lipid chemical synthesis
  • Lipid nanoparticles for therapy and beyond
  • Active membranes
  • Biomembranes
  • Lipid assembly in and out of equilibrium
  • Advances in processing and characterization tools for lipid systems
  • Hybrid materials
  • Biointerfaces
  • Advances in theory and simulation of lipid materials

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Michael Best (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)
  • Itay Budin (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Susan Daniel (Cornell University, USA)
  • Irep Gözen (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Sarah Keller (University of Washington, USA)
  • Niren Murthy (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Maikel Rheinstadter (McMaster University, Canada)
  • Kurt Ristroph (Purdue University, USA)
  • Gaurav Sahay (Oregon State University, USA)
  • Jeanne Stachowiak (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Emad Tajkhorshid (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Petia Vlahovska (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Yan Yu (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA)
  • Joseph Zasadzinski (University of Minnesota, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Cecilia Leal
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Materials Science and Engineering
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Shelley Claridge
Purdue University
Department of Chemistry and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
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Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith
Lehigh University
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Elizabeth Kelley
National Institute of Standards and Technology
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