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Symposium SB10—Complex States in the Observation, Control and Utilization of Biomimetic Functionalities—From Fundamentals to Applications

Complex-states are interconnected processes that often occur as broader phenomena in emerging fields such as biomimetics and biophotonics. As the mechanisms behind these processes are revealed, or applications of the phenomena are being considered, it becomes necessary to decouple and isolate the individual processes. In materials synthesis using biomineralization, for example, the individual role of the stiffened component inside a cell should be clarified. In disease detection, a single diagnostic biomarker can provide higher disease detection sensitivity than symptomatic diagnosis. For optogenetics, where precise control of neural networks is desired, the off target activation of neurons due to excess heat and biologically active wavelengths of light must be minimized for use in human tissue.

This symposium will cover a variety of topics related to mixed or coupled systems that are common in biomimetic functionalities such as biogenic nanocomposite fabrication, electronic and optical devices for biosensing, and optogenetics. The use of novel or state-of-the-art characterization methods to elucidate the underlying mechanisms behind these functionalities will be an important aspect of the symposium. This symposium aims to bring together a diverse community of researchers in physics, chemistry, biology and engineering who are advancing the field of biomimetic functionality through material synthesis, nanofabrication, and device application. The goal of the symposium is to provide opportunities to discuss complex-states in interdisciplinary phenomena, as well as current challenges that exist and possible approaches for overcoming them.

2022 MRS Spring Meeting Symposium Organizers Yoriko Tominaga (Hiroshima University) and Brandon Mitchell (West Chester University) discusses Symposium SB10 and the joint programming with Japan Society of Applied Physics.

Topics will include:

  • Biogenic materials, nanoparticles, and nanostructures
  • Understanding of mechanisms for biomimetic material synthesis
  • Electron microscopy and spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, and in-situ characterization methods, as well as methods to probe biomimetic functionalities
  • Nanomaterials and composites for bioelectronics
  • Implantable bioelectoronic devices
  • Flexible bio-chips for biomedical science
  • Light operation technology for optogenetics
  • Bioimaging technology for observation of life activities
  • Biosensing devices and techniques for healthcare

Invited Speakers:

  • Elizabetta Collini (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Urs Frey (MaxWell Biosystems, Switzerland)
  • Dion Khodagholy (Columbia University, USA)
  • David Kisailus (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • Keon Jae Lee (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Yi-Kuen Lee (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
  • Julie Lin (Panasonic Singapore, Singapore)
  • Kazuki Nagashima (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Jun Ohta (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Yoshiko Okamura (Hiroshima University, Japan)
  • Kazuaki Sawada (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)
  • Micho Suzuki (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Yasuo Terasawa (Nidek Co., Ltd., Japan)
  • Lan Yin (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Euisik Yoon (University of Michigan, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Yoriko Tominaga
Hiroshima University

Antal Berenyi
University of Szeged

Brandon J. Mitchell
West Chester University

Hiroto Sekiguchi
Toyohashi University of Technology

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