2018 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium SM04—Understanding and Controlling the Structure and Function of Biomolecules at Material Interfaces

Interfaces are a key component of biological systems and biomaterials. In the last decades, a considerable amount of research has been focused on understanding and controlling interfaces of biomolecules, in particular proteins, peptides, amino acids and nucleic acids. In biological systems molecules often adopt specific structures at interfaces, which are required to achieve proper physiological functions, like molecular recognition, photosynthesis, catalysis and adhesion. On the other hand, interfaces may also induce misfolding and malfunction of biomolecules, as in the misfolding of amyloid peptides, which can trigger neurodegenerative diseases. Biomolecules are also critical for guiding nucleation and growth of mineralized tissues by recruiting inorganic ions and binding to specific sites and/or mineral faces to alter the kinetics of mineralization. Furthermore, biomolecularly functionalized surfaces have wide application in medical industry. The aim of this symposium is to provide a platform for interdisciplinary researchers from the biology, physics, chemistry and material science communities to share their approaches to characterize and control the structure, dynamics, and corresponding functions of biomolecules at interfaces, as well as their methods for functionalizing interfaces with biomolecules. The knowledge gained can be applied to a wide range of challenges in biomimetic materials science, from energy and environmental applications to biomedicine.

Topics will include:

  • Self-assembly, protein, peptide, DNA, etc.
  • Understanding and manipulating biomolecule-interface interactions
  • Conformational dynamics of biomolecules at interfaces
  • Structural control of biomolecules at interfaces
  • Surface functionalization and applications
  • Biomineralization
  • Bio-composite and bio-mimetic materials
  • Engineered surface binding or assembling, proteins, peptides and polymers
  • 2D biomaterials
  • Methods to characterize and simulate biomolecules at interfaces

Invited Speakers:

  • Carsten Baldauf (Fritz Haber Institute, Germany)
  • Menglin Chen (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Xiaodong Chen (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Giovanni Costantini (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
  • Feng Guo (Stanford University, USA)
  • Yu Huang (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Yonggang Ke (Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, USA)
  • Mato Knez (CIC nanoGUNE, Spain)
  • Tuomas Knowles (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Katharina Maniura (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, EMPA, Switzerland)
  • Alex Noy (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Rasmita Raval (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  • Letizia Savio (Italian National Research Council, Italy)
  • Nico Sommerdijk (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands)
  • Xiaoming Sun (Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China)
  • Nongjian Tao (Arizona State Unviersity, USA)
  • Akif Tezcan (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Chen Wang (National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China)
  • Steve Whitelam (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Hao Yan (Arizona State Universtiy, USA)
  • Jim De Yoreo (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Shuai Zhang
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
509-942-8610, shuai.zhang@pnnl.gov

Mingdong Dong
Aarhus University
Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center
004529387277, dong@inano.au.dk

Magalí Lingenfelder
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Rebecca Schulman
Johns Hopkins University
410-516-8457, rschulm3@jhu.edu

Keywords for Abstract Submission

Biomolecule, Function, Interface, Structure