Symposium SM07—Bioinspired Synthesis and Manufacturing of Materials
This symposium will focus on current and emerging strategies for bioinspired synthesis and manufacturing of materials. Over the past 3 decades, biological materials have been an area of intense study owing to their precise control over molecular chemistry and hierarchical assembly that gives rise to unique emergent properties. Tremendous progress has been made to understand the structure-property relationships within such materials, however synthesis and production at scale remains a critical challenge. Recently, advances in synthetic biology have offered tremendous potential to engineer biological systems for the production of specialty chemicals and materials as evidenced by more than 300 commercialized bioproducts. The ability to harness engineered biological systems to produce materials has the potential to offer precise and conventionally inaccessible chemistries, hierarchical assembly of materials at scale, materials with dynamic and responsive properties, and production of materials with diminished environmental footprint.
The intent of this symposium is to bring together scientists and engineers from multiple disciplines to highlight new scientific advances in engineered biological systems for the synthesis and assembly of materials (including specialty chemicals, biopolymers, nanomaterials and composites). Special consideration will be given to development of new tools for rapid and high-throughput design, build, and test of engineered biological systems for the production or assembly of materials.