Effervescent researches aimed towards the development and innovation in the bio-materials and bio-devices fields are currently recorded worldwide, which allow these kindred application domains to advance at a remarkable pace. So far, the resulting findings highlight that promising technological advances and future opportunities can be engendered by the integration of smart materials (in both dense and porous bulk, powder or thin film form) and nanostructures into innovative designs of biomedical devices.
For instance, surface functionalization through thin nanostructured films is at the forefront of augmenting or extending the bio-integration, bio-activation, and bio-mechanics of medical devices. Such low dimensional objects can foster multiple functionalities, including but not limited to biomimicry, bio-sensing, bio-resorption, bio-mineralization, thrombolytic activity, lubrication, anti-wear, anti-corrosion, anti-microbial, angiogenesis.
Furthermore, the porous scaffold-based bone tissue engineering is another conspicuous example of fast-developing stand-alone biomedical research field due to its noteworthy therapeutic promise. Novel bone scaffold (synthetic, nature-inspired or hybrid) designs and fabrication techniques, capable to improve the mechanical properties while enabling the drug-release capabilities, without radically altering the degradability, biocompatibility, bioactivity, and wettability of the products, are anticipated.
Prominently, the current medical and societal challenges demand for bio-devices, mimicking biological systems and derived processes or introducing pioneering working principles, capable to generate and serve as innovative rapid diagnostic and screening devices (e.g., sensors and biosensors, actuators with sensing capability, assay techniques, micro-fluidic devices and lab-on-chip platforms for parallel analysis). New electrodes and modifiers, immobilization strategies of bio-recognition elements and novel strategies for detection of biological interactions as well as wearable and implantable bio-devices will be emphasized.
Critical surveys of conceptual solutions, functional designs, mechanisms/working principles and synthesis methods of such topical novel bio-materials and bio-devices are welcomed, in the attempt to emphasize the challenges of their large-scale fabrication and immediacy of implementation to real-world applications.
This conference section will strive to act as a forum and gather researchers from different areas such as Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and interrelated, eager to present their most recent advances in the Bio-materials and Bio-devices domains with special emphasis on the following topics:
Victor Diculescu, NIMP, Bucharest - Magurele, Romania
George Stan, NIMP, Bucharest - Magurele, Romania