Bio-Interfaces and Antimicrobial Biomaterials addresses recent achievements in the design of materials interfaces in contact to a biological environment towards an enhanced ingrowth, reduced risk of infection and improved performance. Inevitable steps for advanced implant surfaces and coatings are novel strategies for surface pattering and functionalization. As one prerequisite this symposium focuses on a more fundamental understanding how structural and chemical properties of materials surfaces at different length scales may trigger the molecular self-organization, arrangement and ordering of proteins or polypeptides and subsequent cellular reactions. Of particular interest are the mechanisms involved in the nucleation of protein adsorption and the analysis of these interfacial dynamic processes in-situ. Contributions on the electrochemical monitoring of these mechanisms and the following cellular signaling are particularly welcome in order to gain a more comprehensive insight into the biological response to artificial interfaces. Novel methodologies for spectroscopic characterization, spatially resolved structural analysis and imaging may help to identify and control the relevant interfacial processes. Further topics of this symposium include, but are not restricted to controlled drug release and wear properties of permanent, degradable and bio-hybrid materials, functional biointerfaces inspired from nature, and scaffold surfaces for tissue engineering. Beyond the biomedical demands, contributions to the symposium are invited, where the interaction between the materials interface and the biological environment is relevant for the performance of a material, such as in catalysis, biosensor or filter applications, and in the creation of advanced templates and nanoarrays based on bio-organic synthesis routes.
The part of Antimicrobial Biomaterials addresses ongoing research and recent achievements in the field of antimicrobial biomaterials.
This interdisciplinary part focuses on all scientific and technical issues concerning the fundamental understanding and control of microbial colonization of biomaterials surfaces. These include the mechanisms of the biomaterial-microbe-interaction (structure-property-relationships), new materials-based strategies against infections as well as in vitro or in vivo testing of the antimicrobial activity of biomaterials. Contributions dealing with all aspects of antimicrobial dental materials are also very welcome.
The symposium will, furthermore, provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience and networking in the field of antimicrobial biomaterials.
Topics may include, but are not restricted to:
- Mechanisms involved in biomaterials-associated infections
- Antimicrobial coatings
- Drug release approaches
- Nano- and microstructures with antimicrobial effect
- Bioinspired bactericidal materials surfaces
- In vitro and in vivo testing of antimicrobial biomaterials
- Antimicrobial dental materials
- Microbial adhesion and biofilm formation on biomaterials