2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Symposium SM07-Bioinspired Materials—From Basic Discovery to Biomimicry

In the past decade, bioinspired materials have progressed from a niche area of materials science to a burgeoning field with a wide range of promising applications. In order to continue to provide bioinspired material design ideas that can sustain the ongoing development of advanced biomimetic materials, it is critical to maintain a deep focus on basic biological discoveries across multiple length scales, from the molecular level to macroscopic structures. Thus the first part of the symposium will focus on fundamental discoveries and will include topics such as primary sequencing of protein-based biopolymers, elucidation of processing pathways by which liquid secretion phase-transition into solid functional materials, or characterization of mechanical design of macroscopic structures. At the same time, it is also important to demonstrate “success stories” of functional biomimetic materials inspired by such basic discoveries. Silk-based materials, bioinspired adhesives, supramolecular materials stabilized by coordination complexes, protein-based hydrogels, or complex coacervates with applications in medicine are a few such examples with demonstrated success in recent years, which the second part of the symposium will showcase.

Topics will include:

  • Molecular discovery of biopolymers
  • Processing of natural biological materials
  • Molecular design of protein-based biopolymers
  • Peptide Materials and Self-Assembly
  • Mechano-sensing and mechano-reporter biopolymers
  • Bioinspired wet-resistant bioadhesives
  • Complex and one-component coacervates
  • Mechanical properties of biological and bioinspired materials

Invited Speakers:

  • Valeri Barsegov (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA)
  • Alfred Crosby (University of Massachussets Amherst, USA)
  • Hongbin Li (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Julie Liu (Purdue University, USA)
  • Sarah Perry (University of Massachussets Amherst, USA)
  • Anna Rising (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
  • Thomas Speck (Universität Freiburg, Germany)
  • Herbert J Waite (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Ali Miserez
Nanyang Technological University
Materials Science and Engineering

Aránzazu del Campo
Leibniz Institute for New Materials
Dynamic Biomaterials

Matthew J. Harrington
McGill University

Niels Holten-Andersen
Massachussets Institute of Technology
Materials Science and Engineering

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