Journal "BIOMEDICAL GLASSES" is accepting papers for Volume 3

Biomedical Glasses is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal covering the field of glasses for biomedical applications. It provides an international forum for the publication of original research reports and authoritative review articles on biomedical glasses and their use in clinical applications. The journal has completed the publication of Vols. 1 and 2 and it is now accepting papers for Volume 3 (2017). More information can be found at: www.degruyter.com/view/j/bglass


Tissue Engineering book co-edited by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini

Tissue Engineering Using Ceramics and Polymers, 2nd EditionThe book: "Tissue Engineering Using Ceramics and Polymers", 2nd Edition, co-edited by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and Prof. Peter X. Ma (University of Michigan, USA) has been just published by Woodhead/Elsevier. This second edition presents and updated comprehensive review of the advances in the uses of ceramics, polymers and their composites in tissue regeneration approaches, and includes a detailed treatment of the wide range of biomaterials used for tissue engineering reviewing techniques for processing, characterisation and modelling of materials. Tissue and organ regeneration in specific parts of the body are also discussed in dedicated chapters.

 

June 2017

 



            • "HyMedPoly" EU ITN: collaboration between the Institute of Biomaterials and Lucideon Ltd (UK)
              In the framework of the European network (MSCA-ITN-2014-EID - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks) HyMedPoly – Drug-Free Antibacterial Hybrid Biopolymers for Medical Applications, our Institute is collaborating with Lucideon Ltd., Stoke-on-Trent, UK, in the field of organic and inorganic antibacterial materials. The PhD students carrying out research in this project: Muhammad Maqbool, Binh Thi Thanh Phan, Agata Lapa, Seray Kaya, Lukas Gritsch spend 50% of their time carrying out research in the industrial partner. In the photo, with Lucideon supervisors Dr. Phil Jackson, Dr. Chris Lovell and Dr. Mark Cresswell.

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            • I.DEAR - Cooperation with Argentina for Master Students
              I.DEAR - Cooperation with Argentina for Master Students in its Third Year. The cooperation program with National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina enters its third year. The program is supported by I.DEAR (Ingenieure Deutschland-Argentinien) and enables Master students of Materials Science and Engineering and Nanotechnology (WW Department) to spend one year in Argentina. Students from the FAU WW Department are eligible to spend the first 6 months at National University of Mar del Plata attending lectures, while in the last 6 months of the internship students carry out a research project in a research institute or in industry in Argentina. The same offer have Argentinian Master students from Mar del Plata who can spend one year in the WW Department at FAU. The year abroad is completely funded by the program. For detailed information and for applying to this program, please contact Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini.

               



            • Supachai Reakasame received best poster presentation prize at Biofabrication conference in Austria
              Supachai Reakasame, PhD student in our Institute, was awarded the best poster presentation prize at the International Conference: "Biofabrication for Hierarchical in Vitro Tissue Models" held on June 5 - 9, 2017 in Hernstein, Austria. Supachai (Boo) (pictured) presented the poster entitled: "Fabrication and characterization of alginate-keratin based composite microspheres containing bioactive glass for tissue engineering applications" (co-authors: S. Reakasame, D. Trapani, R. Detsch, A. R. Boccaccini). Congratulations !

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            • Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini receives Diels-Planck-Lecture Award 2017
              Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Head of the Institute of Biomaterials, has been awarded the Diels-Planck-Lecture 2017. The Diels-Planck lecture is awarded annually by the Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS) to an outstanding scientist and established leader in the field of nano and surface science. The Diels-Planck lectures are open to the public and hosted at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel. The lectures series honors the originators of the nanosciences in Kiel, the Nobel laureates Max Planck and Otto Diels. Prof. Boccaccini will deliver the lecture "Bioactive Materials and Biofabrication for Regenerating Tissues: Progress and Challenges" on 7th June 2017 in the framework of the 3rd European Symposium on Intelligent Materials in Kiel. The press release of University of Kiel is available. (Prof. Boccaccini with Prof. Ilka Parchmann, vice president of Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, and Prof. Rainer Adelung, Prof. Eckhard Quand, and Prof. Christine Selhuber-Unkel, KiNSIS and Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel. Photos courtesy University of Kiel).
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            • International Conference "Biofabrication for Hierarchical in Vitro Tissue Models" in Hernstein, Austria
              Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini was an invited speaker at the international conference: "Biofabrication for Hierarchical in Vitro Tissue Models" held on June 5 - 9, 2017 in Hernstein, Austria. Prof. Boccaccini presented the lecture: "Biofabrication of 3D hard-soft and composite constructs for bone regeneration". In addition, Prof. Boccaccini acted as the technical liaison for the conference on behalf of Engineering Conferences International the institution sponsoring the conference. The Chairs of the conference were Prof. Juergen Groll (University of Würzburg, Germany) and Prof. Jos Malda (University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands) (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini). Our institute was also represented by Mr Supachai Reakasame (PhD student), who presented the poster entitled: "Fabrication and characterization of alginate-keratin based composite microspheres containing bioactive glass for tissue engineering applications".

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May 2017

 



            • 91st Annual Meeting of the German Glass Society (DGG) in Weimar
              Our Institute was represented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the German Glass Society (DGG), held in Weimar, Germany, on 29-31 May 2017. Professor Boccaccini co-organized the special session "Glasses in Healthcare" in collaboration with Prof. Delia Brauer, University of Jena, Germany. Keynote speakers in the session were Prof. Leena Hupa, Åbo Akademi Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Finland, and Prof. Jonathan Massera, Tampere University of Technology, Finland (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini). Profs. Brauer, Hupa, Massera and Boccaccini are members of the Technical Committee 04 (TC04, "Bioglasses") of the International Commission on Glass. In the session "Glasses in Healthcare", Dr. Kai Zheng presented the oral contribution "Strategies for the Synthesis of Highly Dispersed Cu- and Zn-containing Bioactive Glass Nanoparticles" and Dr. Preethi Balasubramanian presented the oral contribution: "Surface Functionalization of Borosilicate Bioactive Glass Scaffolds". In addition, the poster entitled: "Development and Characterization of Ordered Mesoporous Bioactive Glasses with Antibacterial Properties (authors: F. Ciraldo and A. R. Boccaccini) was presented. Prof. Boccaccini announced also the recent success of the EU (Horizon 2020) project: "Centre for functional and surface-functionalized glasses (FunGlass)" aiming at establishing a new Centre of Excellence in Trencin, Slovakia on Advanced Glass Materials.

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            • New EU Horizon 2020 project at the Institute of Biomaterials
              The project AMITIE "Additive Manufacturing Initiative for Transnational Innovation in Europe" has been approved for funding by the EC under the Call "MSCA-RISE-2016 - Research and Innovation Staff Exchange". AMITIE will promote fast technology transfer and will enable training of additive manufacturing (AM) experts from upstream research down to more technical issues. AMITIE will reinforce European capacities in the AM field applied to ceramic-based products through its extensive programme of transnational and intersectoral secondments. The project is coordinated by University of Limoges and involves 17 industrial and academic partners from six EU countries. Our Institute is involved in the work package dealing with bioactive ceramics and glasses. "The webpage of the EU (H2020) project AMITIE is available."

               



            • Prof. Boccaccini visits Wrocław University of Science and Technology
              Following an invitation of the "VISITING PROFESSORS" program funded by 'Scientiae Wratislavienses' of the City of Wroclaw, Poland, Prof. Boccaccini visited Wrocław University of Science and Technology, on 22-24 May 2017. The program of the visit included four lectures by Professor Boccaccini, namely: I) Synthesis and characterization of biomaterials incorporating biologically active ions, II) Bioactive nanocomposites – progress and challenges, III) Bioactive Glasses in Soft Tissue Repair. What Do We Know So Far?, IV) Biofabrication approaches and Bioactive Materials for Tissue Engineering and Cancer Research: Progress and Challenges. The visit involved also meetings with faculty and discussion about collaborative research between our Institute and the Department of Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering (hosts: Prof. Jerzy Z. Kaleta and Dr. Justyna Krzak, pictured with Prof. Boccaccini) at Wrocław University of Science and Technology (WUST). Prof. Boccaccini also visited the laboratories in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at WUST and discussed topics of overlapping research interest in the field of biomaterials with young researchers and PhD students.

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            • Special issue in J. Mater. Sci. to honor Prof. Larry Hench just published.
              The special issue co-edited by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and eminent colleagues in Honor of the late Prof. Larry Hench (1938-2016), the inventor of bioactive glass, has been recently published in J. Mater. Sci. Volume 52, Number 15. The Guest editors’ preface written by Aldo R. Boccaccini, Michael Fenn, Julian R. Jones, Toshihiro Kasuga, M. Grant Norton, Mohammed N. Rahaman, Enrica Verné & Edgar D. Zanotto is available. This is a special collection of 37 papers written by scholars around the world who have been PhD students, colleagues, or academic collaborators of the great scientist Prof. Hench. Larry Hench was an undisputed giant in the field of materials science. His work led to the creation of a completely new family of biomaterials exhibiting strong bonding to human tissues, bioactive glasses. This publication has been prepared as a fitting tribute to Prof. Hench and to recognize his incredible impact and legacy.





            • Prof. Boccaccini: visiting professor in Wrocław, Poland
              Following an invitation of the "VISITING PROFESSORS" program funded by 'Scientiae Wratislavienses' of the City of Wroclaw, Poland, Prof. Boccaccini will visit Wrocław University of Science and Technology, on 22-24 May 2017. The program of the visit includes four lectures by Professor Boccaccini, namely: I) Synthesis and characterization of biomaterials incorporating biologically active ions, II) Bioactive nanocomposites – progress and challenges, III) Bioactive Glasses in Soft Tissue Repair. What Do We Know So Far?, IV) Biofabrication approaches and Bioactive Materials for Tissue Engineering and Cancer Research: Progress and Challenges. The visit will involve also meetings with faculty and discussion about collaborative research between our Institute and the Department of Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering (host: Dr. Justyna Krzak) at Wrocław University of Science and Technology.

               



            • Visit from TU Berlin
              On 10-12 May 2017 we received the visit of Dr. Franziska Schmidt, work group leader in the Department of Ceramic Materials, (Head: Prof. A. Gurlo), Institut for Materials Science and Technology, Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin). Dr Schmidt visited also our laboratory for biofabrication in Erlangen-West, and discussed our research on hydrogel-bioactive glass composites for 3D printing. We plan collaboration with the group of Dr. Schmidt in the field of bioactive glasses and composites.

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            • Euro BioMAT conference in Weimar
              Our Institute was well represented at the 4th Euro BioMAT conference held in Weimar, Germany, on 9-10 May 2017. Prof. Boccaccini was member of the organising committee and he presented the oral contribution: "Electrophoretic deposition of multifunctional chitosan- bioactive glass composite coatings (on Mg alloy substrates)". Dr. Liliana Liverani presented the oral contribution: "Bioactive multilayered electrospun scaffolds for interface tissue engineering applications", Mr. Kai Zheng presented the oral/poster contribution entitled: "Synthesis of hollow mesoporous bioactive glass nanoparticles with uniform size and shape" and Mr Supachai Reakasame presented the poster entitled: "Development and Characterization of Hybrid Hydrogel Based on Oxidized Alginate and Keratin for Tissue Engineering Applications" (all pictured with Prof. Boccaccini). In the photo also Dr. Katrin Hurle (Mineralogy, FAU). The other photo shows members of the organising committee of Euro BioMAT (Prof. Petra Kluger, Fraunhofer IGB Stuttgart, Germany, Prof. Frank Witte Charité Berlin, Germany) with Prof. Regine Willumeit, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, and Prof. Boccaccini. He is also pictured with Prof. Klaus Jandt, University of Jena, chairman of the conference.

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            • "NanoHeal" EU School organized by the Institute of Biomaterials (WW7)
              The 5th "NanoHeal" School of the European Training Network (ETN) "Nano-tailoring organo-mineral materials - Controlling strength and healing with organic molecules in mineral interfaces" (NanoHeal) was held on 2-5 May 2017 in Nuremberg, organized by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Head of the Institute of Biomaterials (WW7). The "NanoHeal" network involves collaboration of 6 top European industrial and 6 academic groups, from Norway, Denmark, Italy, France, UK, Israel and Germany, investigating man-made and natural cement materials for a range of applications in an emerging interdisciplinary field spanning from basic sciences (physics, chemistry, earth sciences) to the corresponding engineering disciplines (materials science, civil engineering, petroleum engineering). The project investigates innovative probes and models for nanoscale processes that open novel perspectives in the design and control of organo-mineral materials, e.g. cements. The network aims to educate young researchers at the interface between fundamental science and applications of such nanomaterials. The lecturers were, in addition to Prof. A. R. Boccaccini, Prof. S. Wolf (WW3), Prof. R. Klupp-Taylor (CBI Department), Dr. R. Detsch (WW7), Prof. M. Goecken (WW1), Dr. K. Hurle (Mineralogy, FAU ) and Prof. A. Suncana-Smith (Department of Physics, FAU) (all pictured with Prof. Boccaccini and NanoHeal project coordinator Prof. Dag Kristian Dysthe (University of Oslo). Ms Barbara Myska, PhD student at the FAU Institute of Biomaterials working on "NanoHeal" presented the results of her project "Interfacial interactions in calcium carbonate materials in the context of biomedical applications".

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            • SOLAR ERA.NET project SLAGSTOCK meeting in Erlangen
              The progress meeting of the SOLAR ERA.NET project "Low-cost sustainable thermal energy storage system made of recycled steel industry waste" (SLAGSTOCK) was held at the Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, on 3rd May 2017, organised by Dr. Jasmin Hum and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. SLAGSTOCK is a FP7 funded European network of national and regional funding organisations and RTD and innovation programmes, with academic and industrial participants from Germany, Spain, France and Switzerland. In Germany the project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI). In particular, SLAGSTOCK project aims to develop an innovative thermal storage concept making use of steel slags as storage material. Our Institute is involved in the material characterisation of the new thermal storage systems being fabricated.

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April 2017

 





            • Darmstadt-Erlangen collaboration on bioactive glasses: DFG project meeting in Erlangen
              The progress meeting of the DFG funded project on ion-doped bioactive glasses with outstanding high temperature crystallization resistance took place on 25th April 2017 at the Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, hosted by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. This project is a collaboration of the FAU Institute of Biomaterials with the Institute for Materials Science, Dispersive Solids of TU Darmstadt (Head: Prof. Ralf Riedel). Researchers Mr Fangtong Xie (TU Darmstadt) and Mr Kai Zheng (FAU Institute of Biomaterials) and principal investigators Dr. Emanuel Ionescu (TU Darmstadt) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (FAU Institute of Biomaterials) (pictured) attended the meeting. This new 3-year project is developing a new family of multifunctional therapeutic-ion-containing bioactive glasses. The glasses are synthesized at TU Darmstadt are characterized for their intrinsic bioactive behavior and cytocompatibility at the Institute of Biomaterials in Erlangen.

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            • Prof. Boccaccini visited National Univ. of Technology (UTN) FR San Rafael, Argentina
              On 19th April 2017, Prof. Boccaccini visited research laboratories at National Univ. of Technology (UTN) FR San Rafael, Argentina, where he held meetings to discuss the establishment of new research collaborations in the field of nanomaterials with our Institute. He visited the research group on Complex Systems (SICO) led by Prof. Dr. Fabricio O. Sanchez Varretti. Prof. Boccaccini also visited the laboratory for research on stable isotopes, led by Dr. Adolfo Gil. In the photos: Prof. Boccaccini with Prof. Paola Torres, Ms Gisela Quiroga, Mr Javier Juri, Mr Ignacio García and Prof. Dr. Sanchez Varretti. In the second photo, Prof. Boccaccini with Dr. Adolfo Gil, Ms Gisela Quiroga, Mr Marcos Sarome and Mr Armando Dauverne.

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            • Our new review paper published in Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
              Our review paper entitled: "Sol-gel processing of bioactive glass nanoparticles. A review", authored by Kai Zheng and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, has been published in Advances in Colloid and Interface Science. In this review [1] the different sol-gel based techniques for bioactive glass nanoparticle (BGN) synthesis are described and compared, discussing the effect of processing parameters on size, shape, porosity and composition of BGN. Biomedical applications of BGN are also focus of the review.

              [1] K. Zheng, A. R. Boccaccini, Sol-gel processing of bioactive glass nanoparticles: A review, Adv. Colloid Interf. Sci. (2017) in press

               



            • Prof. Boccaccini visits educational establishments in his home town in Argentina
              During his holiday visit to his hometown San Rafael in Argentina, on 19th April 2017 Prof. Boccaccini visited the technical secondary school No. 4-117 Ejército de los Andes Ejercito de Los Andes" (ex ENET N°1). Prof. Boccaccini finished his secondary education (1975-1980) and earned the title of Technician in Electromechanics at ENET N°1 school back in 1980. Prof. Boccaccini was invited to give a presentation to all pupils of this secondary school telling about the path of his career since finishing his studies there in 1980 and he shared with pupils and teachers personal life experiences as researcher and professor in Germany. Prof. Boccaccini visited also National Technological University (UTN), FR San Rafael, where he started his university career and studied the basic courses of electromechanical engineering in the years 1981-1983. At UTN FR San Rafael, Prof. Boccaccini met different colleagues to discuss research collaborations in the field of nanomaterials (informed separately).

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            • Prof. Boccaccini invited speaker in San Rafael, Argentina
              Invited by the students' associations of National Technology University (UTN) FR San Rafael, and Faculty of Applied Sciences in Industry (FCAI) at National University of Cuyo (UNCUYO), San Rafael, Argentina, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini presented the lecture: "New Bioactive Materials for Medical Applications: Advances and Challenges" at the Main Lecture Theatre of FCAI on 17th April 2017. In the photos Prof. Boccaccini with UTN and FCAI engineering students who organised the event and with academic staff and researchers of FCAI, including Ms Gisela Quiroga (PhD student), Dr. Alicia Ordonez de Yapur, Dean of FCAI, Dr. Silvina Cabeza, Science and Technology Secretary of FCAI, Dr. Cecilia Flores and Ms Silvia Clavijo (PhD student). Our institute has currently research collaborations with both UTN and FCAI in the fields of biomedical materials and electrophoretic deposition. Prof. Boccaccini was also interviewed in the local press in San Rafael.

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            • Prof. Boccaccini visits FCAI, National University of Cuyo, San Rafael, Argentina
              Prof. Boccaccini visited the Faculty of Applied Sciences in Industry (FCAI) at National University of Cuyo (UNCUYO), San Rafael, Argentina, where he met Ms Silvia Clavijo (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini), PhD student working in the field of electrophoretic deposition of composite coatings for orthopedic applications, under the supervision of Dr. Maria Jose Santillan (UNCUYO) and co-supervised by Prof. Boccaccini. The last paper with Dr. Santillan and Ms Clavijo has been recently published in Ceramics International [1].

              [1] S. Clavijo, et al., Electrophoretic deposition of chitosan/Bioglass® and chitosan/Bioglass®/TiO2 composite coatings for bioimplants, Ceramics International, 42 (2016) 14206-14213.

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            • Prof. Boccaccini in Buenos Aires
              During his visit to Argentina, Prof. Boccaccini met Prof. Viviana Mourino, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology University of Buenos Aires, a research collaborator of our Institute for many years. Prof. Boccaccini and Prof. Mourino discussed current and future research collaborations in the field of bioactive glass-polymer composites for tissue engineering and drug delivery. The last joint publication in collaboration with the group of Prof. Mourino has been recently published in Biomedical Materials [1].

              [1] Cattalini, J. P., et al., Nanocomposite scaffolds with tunable mechanical and degradation capabilities: co-delivery of bioactive agents for bone tissue engineering, Biomedical Materials 11 (6), 065003.

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            • We welcome our visiting students and researchers
              Several students and young researchers have chosen our Institute to carry out research during the next months. We welcome Ms Aleksandra Wajda, visiting PhD student from AGH Krakow, Poland, Ms Serena Miglietta, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, visiting Master student, Mr Hassan Warraich, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, PhD student in EU ITN project CoACH, Mr Jesus Rodriguez Sanchez, University of Oslo, PhD student in ITN EU project NanoHeal, and Mr Ranjot Singh Virk, research visitor from India. They will work on topics as varied as ion doped sol-gel derived bioactive glass powders, polymer coated bioactive glass scaffolds, electrophoretic deposition of nanomaterials, mechanical properties of calcium carbonate materials and electrophoretic deposition of organic-inorganic coatings, respectively. Welcome to Erlangen !

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            • Our Biofabrication activities featured in the webpage of BioScaffolder manufacturer
              Two examples of our results in the field of biofabrication are featured in the webpage of the manufacturer of the bioplotting system available in our Institute: "BioScaffolder", namely i) our approach to the engineering of hard-soft constructs for tissue engineering and ii) the processing of cell-loaded alginate capsules for scaffold production. Our Institute is closely collaborating with the manufacturer of "BioScaffolder" to develop additional improvements in 3D bioprinting. Our latest research results in the biofabrication field have been recently published [1-3].

              [1] Zehnder, T., et al., Fabrication of Cell-Loaded Two-Phase 3D Constructs for Tissue Engineering, Materials 2016, 9(11), 887

              [2] Leite, A., et al., Bioplotting of a bioactive alginate-dialdehyde-gelatin composite hydrogel containing bioactive glass nanoparticles, Biofabrication 8 (2016) 035005.

              [3] Zehnder, T., et al., Biofabrication of a co-culture system in an osteoid-like hydrogel matrix, Biofabrication (2017) in press.


               



            • One year in our new building in Erlangen-West
              To mark the one year anniversary of moving to our new building (Building II) in Erlangen-West, a seminar and get-together of the whole Institute took place on 3rd April. Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Head of the Institute of Biomaterials) highlighted the excellent environment and modern experimental facilities for research work on cell biology, tissue engineering and biofabrication available in Building II, emphasizing that our Institute is leading several international collaborations that depend on such high quality facilities and equipment, while Dr. Rainer Detsch (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini), who is group leader there, remarked the very good team work of the research group based in Building II, which includes senior post-doctoral researchers, PhD students, academic visitors and Master and Bachelor students.

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March 2017

 



            • Visit and seminar of Dr. Gary M. Gladysz
              On 3rd April 2017 we received the visit of Dr. Gary Gladysz, Empyreus Solutions, LLC, USA. Prof. Boccaccini has collaborated with Dr. Gladysz since 2004 in the organization of the international conferences on "Syntactic and Composite Foams", a series of conferences supported by Engineering Conferences International (ECI). The latest conference of the series "Syntactic and Composites Foams V" was held on March 26-31, 2017, in Siracusa, Italy. During his visit to our Institute, Dr. Gladysz presented the seminar: "Voids in materials: Building functionality", in which he discussed also details of his book: "Voids in Materials - From Unavoidable Defects to Designed Cellular Materials", written in collaboration with Prof. Krish Chawla (University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA).

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            • "Syntactic and Composite Foams V" Conference in Italy
              The 5th International Conference on Syntactic and Composite Foams was held in Siracusa, Italy, on March 26-31, 2017. Prof. Boccaccini acted as Co-Chair of the conference, which was sponsored by Engineering Conferences International (ECI). Dr. Liliana Liverani and Mr Lukas Gritsch (PhD student) attended the conference representing our Institute. Dr. Liverani presented the talks: "Keynote: Composite foams as tissue scaffolds: past, present and future", and "Proteins as coating materials on bioactive glass-based composite foams". Lukas Gritsch's poster presentation was: "Antimicrobial chitosan foams as tissue engineering scaffolds". In the picture Dr. Manabu Fukushima (Japan) (Co-Chair), Dr. Gary M. Gladysz (USA) (Chair), Prof. Krish Chawla (USA) (Co-Chair), Dr. Liliana Liverani (FAU), Lukas Gritsch (FAU).

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            • Annual meeting of the German Ceramic Society in Berlin
              Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini was co-organizer of the symposium "Bioceramics and Biocomposites" at the 92th Annual Meeting of the German Ceramic Society (DKG) held in Berlin, Germany, on 19-22 March 2017, together with Dr. Franziska Schmidt (Department of Ceramic Materials, TU Berlin). Professor Boccaccini co-chaired the sessions and presented the oral contribution "Bioactive glass-based composite scaffolds with polymer coatings for bone tissue engineering and drug delivery". Barbara Myska and Nicoletta Toniolo, PhD students of our Institute, presented the poster "Development and characterisation of amorphous calcium carbonate for biomedical applications" and the oral presentation "Geopolymers incorporating silicate waste", respectively. In the photos, Prof. Boccaccini with Dr. F. Schmidt, Prof. Antonio Salinas (UCM Madrid, keynote speaker), Ms Barbara Myska and Ms Nicoletta Toniolo (both FAU), Dr. Guido Falk (University of Saarland and DKG), and Prof. Aleksander Gurlo (TU Berlin and Chairman of the conference).

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            • Visit from Japan
              Dr. Tan Wai Kian, of the Centre for International Education, Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT), Japan, visited out Institute in the framework of our research collaboration with TUT, in the project "Development of nano-scale artificial magnetic lattice (AML) and application for controlling light and electromagnetic wave". We collaborate with TUT researchers in the field of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of functional nanomaterials to develop new, low-cost and large-dimension AML. In the picture Dr. Kian, Prof. Boccaccini and Dr. G. Kawamura, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering, TUT, currently academic visitor in our Institute.

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            • Doctoral thesis success: Yuyun Yang
              On 23rd March 2017 Yuyun Yang successfully defended her doctoral thesis in the field of bioactive and protective composite coatings on Mg substrates, which was carried out under the supervision of Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini at our Institute in close collaboration with Prof. Sanna Virtanen (Chair for Surface Science and Corrosion). In addition to Prof. Boccaccini and Prof. Virtanen, Prof. Wolfgang Goldmann (Biophysics Group, FAU), and Prof. Dirk Schubert (Institute for Polymer Materials, FAU), were the members of the doctoral defense committee. Prof. Boccaccini highlighted Yuyun's challenging research project, the first comprehensive research effort in our institute focused on developing advanced coating systems for Mg substrates, which should exhibit functionalities such as bioactivity, antibacterial effect and corrosion protection, being relevant for a variety of biomedical applications in orthopedics and cardiovascular devices. Yuyun was recipient of a scholarship of the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and during the period of her doctoral studies she collaborated strongly with the research group of Prof. Virtanen. Yuyun received the 2015 Frans Habraken Best Paper Award of the journal Appl. Surf. Sci. for her paper: "In vitro study of polycaprolactone/bioactive glass composite coatings on corrosion and bioactivity of pure Mg” (Applied Surface Science, Volume 355, 2015, 832-841). Other papers resulting from Yuyun's doctoral thesis are in advanced stage of preparation. We congratulate Yuyun on achieving her doctoral degree and wish her all the best in her future career.

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            • Visit of Prof. Antonio Salinas, Complutense University of Madrid
              On 21-22 March we received the visit of Prof. Antonio J. Salinas, Department of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain. Professor Salinas is a member of the research group led by Prof. Maria Vallet-Regi at UCM. We are collaborating with Prof. Salinas in the field of mesoporous bioactive glasses with biologically active ion delivery. A paper resulting from this collaboration has been recently published [1]. Prof. Salinas visited also our Building II in Erlangen-West (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini) and informed himself on our research capabilities in the field of biofabrication.

              [1] A. Philippart, et al., Novel ion-doped mesoporous glasses for bone tissue engineering: Study of their structural characteristics influenced by the presence of phosphorous oxide, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 455 (2017) 90-97.

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            • Doctoral thesis success: Kai Zheng
              On 22nd March 2017 Kai Zheng successfully defended his doctoral thesis in the field of bioactive glass nanoparticles for biomedical applications, which was carried out under the supervision of Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini at our Institute. In addition to Prof. Boccaccini, Prof. Antonio Salinas, Department of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, Prof. Robin Klupp-Taylor (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, FAU), and Prof. Stephan Wolf (Institute for Glass and Ceramics, FAU), were the members of the doctoral defense committee. Prof. Boccaccini praised Kai's pioneering research focusing on the synthesis of bioactive glass nanoparticles (BGNP) with added functionalities by adapting the Stoever sol-gel method, which has led to several new ion doped BGNP of interest for a variety of biomedical applications, from bone tissue engineering to imaging and drug delivery. The attachment of biomolecules on the BGNP surfaces was also explored. Kai was recipient of a scholarship of the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and during the period of his doctoral studies he collaborated with research groups in other FAU Departments, TU Munich and AGH Krakow, Poland. Several publications have resulted from Kai's results (see for example refs. [1-3]). We congratulate Kai on achieving his doctoral degree with great success and wish him all the best in his post-doctoral career.

              [1] Zheng, K., et al., Bio-templated bioactive glass particles with hierarchical macro-nano porous structure and drug delivery capability, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 135 (2015) 825-832.

              [2] Zheng, K., et al., ZnO quantum dots modified bioactive glass nanoparticles with pH-sensitive release of Zn ions, fluorescence, antibacterial and osteogenic properties, J. Mater. Chem. B, 4 (2016) 7936- 7949.

              [3] Zheng, K., et al., Timing of calcium nitrate addition affects morphology, dispersity and composition of bioactive glass nanoparticles, RSC Adv., 6 (2016) 95101-95111.

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            • New international research projects at the Institute of Biomaterials
              Two new projects funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have been approved at the Institute of Biomaterials. One of the projects will investigate borosilicate sol-gel derived biomaterials in collaboration with researchers at the Department of Materials & Ceramic Engineering at University of Aveiro (Portugal) (group leader Prof. Mª Helena Fernandes). The second project involves collaboration with two research groups in Argentina in the field of cell interaction with nanostructured surfaces, namely with researchers at Lab. Integración de Señales Celulares, Instituto de Embriología e Histología de Mendoza, National University of Cuyo, Mendoza (head of group: Dr Diego M Bustos) and at INTEMA, National University of Mar del Plata (head of group: Prof. Gustavo Abraham). Prof. Boccaccini said: these projects add to our wide range of international collaborations and they will enable our PhD students and young investigators to travel to Portugal or Argentina to carry out research activities benefiting from such international network of collaborators, equally, we will be delighted to receive our colleagues from Aveiro, Mendoza and Mar del Plata for conducting part of the planned research activities in our laboratories.

               



            • Visit from Japan
              In the framework of our research collaboration with Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT), Japan, in the project "Development of nano-scale artificial magnetic lattice (AML) and application for controlling light and electromagnetic wave", we are hosting Dr. G. Kawamura, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering, TUT. We collaborate with Dr. Kawamura in the field of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of functional nanomaterials to develop new, low-cost and large-dimension AML.

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            • Visit from Bangalore, India
              On 3rd March 2017 we received the visit of Dr. Sivaranjani Gali, Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dental Sciences, M S Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore, India. Dr. Gali presented the seminar: "Zirconia toughened mica glass ceramics for dental restorations". Dr. Gali discussed new glass-ceramic compositions with enhanced combination of mechanical properties. The machinability of new glass-ceramics is described also using the concept of the brittleness index, contributed by Prof. Boccaccini in a previos research project [1]. Dr. Gali is associated with Prof. Bikramjit Basu at Indian Institute of Science Bangalore under a Welcome Trust DBT India Fellowship for clinicians.

              [1] A. R. Boccaccini, Machinability and brittleness of glass-ceramics, J. Mater. Proc. Technol. 65 (1997) 302-304

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February 2017

 

 



            • First exchange visit to Northwestern Polytechnical University in China
              From 15.2. until 8.3.17 two PhD students of our Institute (Ms Yuyun Yang and Ms Svenja Heise) and one PhD student of WW4 (Mr Juncen Zhou) visited the School of Life Sciences, Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China. They worked in the Laboratory for Biomaterials and Pharmaceutical Technology and the visit was in the framework of the DAAD/CSC funded project in the field of bioactive coatings for orthopedic applications. On the Chinese side Dr. Qiang Cheng, former PhD student in our institute, Ms Hongfei Qi (PhD student), Dr. Kai Dong and Prof. Liting Lu are involved (pictured). Ms Qi and Prof. Lu will visit our institute in the summer. In the photo, from.left to right: Dr. Kai Dong, Hongfei Qi, Svenja Heise, Yuyun Yang, Prof. Liting Lu, Dr. Qiang Chen, Juncen Zhou (WW4)

              First exchange visit to Northwestern Polytechnical University in China



            • DFG project "Bioadaptive Coatings on Mg alloys": new publications
              Two new publications have resulted recently from our DFG funded project "Bioadaptive Coatings on Mg alloys" in collaboration with the research group of Prof. Sanna Virtanen, Institute for Surface Science and Corrosion at FAU. The paper of Hoehlinger et al. [1] presents innovative surface pre-treatments to enhance the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of bioactive glass-chitosan coatings on a WE43 Mg alloy, while the publication of Heise et al. [2] presents the EPD of a new family of chitosan-bioactive glass composite coatings including also a complete characterization of the coatings in terms of mechanical stability and anticorrosion properties. The project is carried out also in collaboration with the research group of Prof. Frank Witte at Charite, Universitätsmedizin, Berlin.

              [1] Hoehlinger, M., Heise, S., Wagener, V., Boccaccini, A. R., Virtanen,S., Developing surface pre-treatments for electrophoretic deposition of biofunctional chitosan-bioactive glass coatings on a WE43 magnesium alloy, Appl. Surf. Sci. 405 (2017) 441-448.

              [2] Heise, S., Höhlinger, M., Torres Hernández, Y., Pavón Palacio, J. J., Rodriquez Ortiz, J. A., Wagener, V., Virtanen, S., Boccaccini, A. R., Electrophoretic deposition and characterization of chitosan/bioactive glass composite coatings on Mg alloy substrates, Electrochimica Acta, (2017) in press.



            • Governing Council and General Assembly meetings of European Virtual Institute KMM-VIN in Brussels
              Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, member of the Governing Council (GC) of the European Virtual Institute on Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials (KMM-VIN), attended the GC and General Assembly meetings of KMM-VIN that took place on 21st February 2017 in Brussels. Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini is coordinator of the Working Group Biomaterials (together with Prof. C. Hellmich), Technical University of Vienna, Austria). KMM-VIN is a single legal entity with a supranational character to offer integrated basic and applied commercial research, educational and innovation activities in the field of knowledge-based multifunctional materials. The aim of KMM-VIN is to foster the creation of a platform for research and development and industrial application of advanced multifunctional materials in order that Europe may become a global power in this field, thus contributing to enhancing the quality of life of European society. In the photos, Prof. C. Hellmich, TU Vienna, Prof. M. Basista, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (IPPT), Warsaw, Poland, and CEO of KMM-VIN, Prof. M. Ferraris, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, GC member, and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. In the framework of his activities within KMM-VIN, Prof. Boccaccini is organizing the Industrial Workshop "Biomaterials: Key Technologies for Better Healthcare", in collaboration with InnoPlanT/Medical Valley EMN and FORM Laboratory-UK Erlangen, to be held on 27-28 September 2017 in Erlangen.

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            • EU project ReBioStent: final project meeting in Brussels.
              Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini attended the final meeting of the project "Reinforced Bioresorbable Biomaterials for Therapeutic Drug Eluting Stents (ReBioStent)", held in Brussels on 15th February 2017. Prof. Boccaccini was the leader of the work package (WP) 3 in this project and he presented a summary of the WP achievements in the field of functional composites with drug delivery capability. ReBioStent developed materials, designs, and manufacturing processes to produce a state of the art therapeutic medical device, for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, more specifically, reinforced, resorbable therapeutic biodegradable coronary stent. In the pictures the participants at the final meeting and Prof. Boccaccini with Prof. Ipsita Roy, University of Westminster, UK, scientific coordinator of the project.

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            • ITN EU project "CoACH" mid term review meeting in London
              The mid-term review meeting of the H2020 ITN "CoACH" (Advanced glasses, Composites And Ceramics for High growth Industries) took place in London on 7-8 Feb. 2017 coupled with the Second Year Workshop. The meetings were held at Nanoforce Technology Ltd. organised by Prof. Michael Reece. Ms Francesca Ciraldo, Ms Nicoletta Toniolo and Ms Rocio Tejido Rastrilla (PhD students on the project supervised by Prof. Boccaccini) attended the meeting and gave presentations about the progress of their projects. Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini chaired the session: "Glasses and composites for healthcare industries" and participated in the academic board meeting. The project is coordinated by Polytechnic of Turin, Department of Applied Science and Technology, DISAT, Italy.

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            • Emerging Fields Initiative: Molecular Communications project kick-off meeting
              Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini attended the kick-off meeting of the project "Molecular Communication", funded by the Emerging Fields Initiative (EFI) of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. The meeting took place on 3rd Feb. 2017, organised by project coordinator Prof. Robert Schober, Chair for Digital Communications, Department of Electrical, Electronics, and Communication Engineering (EEI), FAU. Prof. Boccaccini presented the lecture "Hydrogels for biomolecule and cell encapsulation", in which he introduced the planned contribution of the Institute of Biomaterials to the project, developing biocompatible hydrogels for encapsulating biomolecules and cells and highlighting the contribution of materials to testbed systems.

              Kick-off meeting EFI Molecular Communication



January 2017

 



            • Prof. Boccaccini visits University of Rostock
              On 26-27 Jan. 2017 Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini visited the University of Rostock. We plan collaboration with the research group of Prof. Hermann Seitz, Chair of Fluid Technology and Microfluidics (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini), in the field of additive manufacturing and characterisation of 3D scaffolds for bone regeneration. We also started collaboration with the research group of Prof. Rainer Bader, Head of the Biomechanics and Implant Technology Research Laboratory (FORBIOMIT) at Univ. of Rostock, focusing on the cell biology evaluation of biofabricated tissue engineering constructs.

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            •  "Jung DGM Erlangen-Nuremberg" organized Materials Science Colloquium

              Motivated by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Head, Institute of Biomaterials), the Erlangen branch of the Young Members Section of the German Materials Society (DGM) ("Jung-DGM Erlangen-Nuremberg") was founded in November 2016. The current speaker of the Jung-DGM Erlangen-Nuremberg is Ms Svenja Heise (Institute of Biomaterials). In addition to organizing frequently "Stammtisch"-Meetings for its members, last Tuesday 24th January the Jung-DGM Erlangen-Nuremberg presented the 10th lecture of the Materials Science Colloquium (WW-Kolloquium) in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at FAU. Dr. Achim Kuhn, former FAU student of materials science, now at Wieland Werke AG, was invited and he gave a talk about recent developments on copper-based functional materials and provided insights into industrial research. After the presentations the audience had the possibility to ask questions and discuss with the presenter while enjoying  "Beer and Pretzls", sponsored by the DGM. The colloquium was actively attended and was met with great approval by undergraduate students, PhD students and research staff of the Department. it is planned that the Jung-DGM Erlangen-Nuremberg will continue organizing invited presentations as part of the Materials Science Colloquium each academic term. In the pictures the current leaders of Jung DGM Erlangen-Nuremberg with Dr. Kuhn and the audience. Students and young researchers at FAU willing to join the Jung-DGM Erlangen-Nuremberg should contact: erlangen-nuernberg@jungedgm.de or the Facebook page

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            • Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini interviewed at German Materials Society (DGM)
              Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini was interviewed by Ms Theresa Hanemann (Jung-DGM Karlsruhe) at the MSE conference held in Darmstadt in September last year, organized by the German Materials Society (DGM). Prof. Boccaccini speaks about his activities in the DGM, having been a member of DGM for more than 20 years, and as FEMS (Federation of European Materials Societies) Executive Committee member, he also highlights the quality of the MSE conferences, in particular the biomaterials sessions at MSE 2016, which he co-organized. He also comments on the organization of the next MSE conference to be held in 2018 (Darmstadt, 25.09. - 27.09.2018), of which he is a member of the organizing committee. Prof. Boccaccini also anticipates that the partner country of MSE 2018 will be his native country, Argentina. The full video of the interview is available in the DGM YouTube channel.








            • New international projects at the Institute of Biomaterials
              The Institute of Biomaterials (LS Biomaterialien, WW7) has been awarded a number of international research projects in 2017. In addition to being an international partner in the project "Development of nano-scale artificial magnetic lattice (AML) and application for controlling light and electromagnetic wave" led by Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, three new bilateral research projects for collaborations with partners in Australia, China and Poland have been approved by the PPP scheme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), to investigate bioactive glass scaffolds for bone regeneration, bioactive coatings for orthopedic applications and electrospun scaffolds for soft tissue engineering, with colleagues at University of Melbourne (Australia), Northwestern Polytechnical University (China) and West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin (Poland), respectively. In addition, a new project with the National University of San Martin (UNSAM), Argentina, entitled: "Development of 3D biological scaffolds for bone regeneration" has been awarded by the CONICET-BAYLAT scheme. Prof. Boccaccini, Head of the Institute of Biomaterials, said: "We are very happy with the success of our applications and the award of such a high number of international bilateral projects, which in addition to our numerous EU projects, increase notably the international visibility of our Institute and indeed of the WW Department. Even if such collaborative projects do not involve huge research funding, the important positive aspect of these projects is that they offer the possibility that members of our team, specially young researchers and PhD students, can travel to other countries to participate in research activities in the collaborating institutes, thus gaining valuable international experience for their future careers."


               





            • Prof. Boccaccini, session chair at German Glass Society Annual Meeting
              The Annual Meeting 2017 of the German Glass Society (DGG) will be held in Weimar, Germany, on 29 – 31 May 2017. The program includes several sessions devoted to glass science and glass technology. Prof. Boccaccini serves as co-chair of session S4: "Glasses in Healthcare" together with Prof. Delia Brauer (University of Jena). The flyer and call for abstracts is available.

               



            • Prof. Boccaccini, invited lecturer at Waldkrankenhaus Erlangen
              On 16th January 2017, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini presented an invited lecture entitled: "Biointerfaces in Bone Regeneration Applications" at Waldkrankenhaus St. Marien Erlangen, following an invitation of Dr. med. Stefan M. Sesselmann, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini).

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            • Bioadaptive Coatings on Mg Alloys: DFG project meetings in Regensburg and Berlin
              Two meetings of the DFG funded project "Bioadaptive Coatings on Mg Alloys" were held in January. On 10th January the meeting took place at Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (OTH Regensburg), hosted by Prof. Helga Hornberger (former at FAU). The second project meeting took place on 13th January at the Julius Wolff Institute and Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery, Charité - Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, hosted by project partner Prof. Frank Witte. The project investigates the development and characterisation of novel protective coatings for Mg alloy substrates based on natural polymers [1]. In the picture, at the meeting in Regensburg, Prof. H. Hornberger, and the members of the FAU team: M. Hoehlinger, Dr. V. Wagener, Prof. A. R. Boccaccini, Prof. S. Virtanen and S. Heise.

              [1] Heise, S., et al. Tackling Mg alloy corrosion by natural polymer coatings - A review, J. Biomed. Mater. Res. Part A 2016:104A:2628–2641 

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            • Prof. Stephan Wolf visits the Institute of Biomaterials
              On 12th January 2017 we received the visit of Prof. Stephan Wolf, Junior professor for Biomimetic Materials and Processes at the Institute for Glass and Ceramics, FAU. Prof. Wolf presented the lecture: "Nature doesn’t follow text books: nonclassical crystallization pathways in biomineralization". We currently have a project in the field of calcium carbonate biomaterials (Ms Barbara Myska) in the framework of the EU ITN project "NanoHeal". This and other areas of overlapping interests were discussed and we plan collaboration with the research group of Prof. Wolf in this field.

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            • New collaboration with Japan
              The project "Development of nano-scale artificial magnetic lattice (AML) and application for controlling light and electromagnetic wave" led by Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, in which our Institute is one of the international partners, has been approved in the context of the Japanese Program for Advancing Strategic International Networks (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science). The other international partners are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, University of Stuttgart, Germany, and The City College of New York, USA. We will collaborate with the group of Prof. Atsunori Matsuda, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology, in the field of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of functional nanomaterials. In particular, the program involves exchange of scientific personnel and collaborative research in the field of new chemical and colloidal processing technologies, involving EPD, to replace physical processes for new, low-cost and large-dimension AML. In the picture, Prof. A. R. Boccaccini, Dr. L. Liverani (Institute of Biomaterials), Prof. A. Matsuda and Dr. G. Kawamura (Toyohashi University of Technology) during the recent visit of the Japanese colleagues to our Institute.

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December 2016

 


            • End of the Year Meeting at the Institute of Biomaterials
              The end-of-the-year meeting at the Institute of Biomaterials took place on 19th December 2016 in our new building in Erlangen-West. Professor Boccaccini gave a presentation summarizing the achievements of the year 2016. He put some of such achievements in numbers, stating for example that during the year, 6 doctoral students achieved their Dr.-Ing. degree, 47 Master, Bachelor and Project students carried out their research projects or theses in our Institute. In 2016, also 5 new PhD students started their doctoral projects in our Institute and we received 34 international visitors this year, including academic visitors and visiting undergraduate and graduate students, e.g. Erasmus exchange students. We were also successful in receiving prizes and awards, 6 in total, including two awards for PhD students (Lukas Gritsch and Yuyun Yang). We gave more than 25 presentations at conferences around the world, many of them invited or keynote presentations. Our publication activity was also superb, our Institute published 68 papers in scientific journals during 2016. Last but not least, as Prof. Boccaccini emphasized, other highlights of the year were the inauguration in July of our new building and experimental facilities in Ulrich-Schalk Street, and the very successful international symposium we organized in November. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !
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            • Doctoral thesis success: Elena Boccardi

              On 19th December 2016 Elena Boccardi successfully defended her doctoral thesis in the field of bioactive glass scaffolds for bone tissue engineering, which was carried out under the supervision of Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini at our Institute.  In addition to Prof. Boccaccini, Prof. Enrica Verne (Department of Applied Science and Technology, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy), Prof. Wilhelm Schwieger (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, FAU), and Prof. Dirk Schubert (Chair for Polymer Materials, FAU), were the members of the doctoral defense committee.

              Elena pioneered the development of bioactive glass (BG) scaffolds using marine sponges as templates, these novel scaffolds exhibit high pore interconnectivity and improved mechanical properties in comparison to conventional (PU sponge derived) scaffolds, as highlighted by Prof. Boccaccini. The incorporation of mesoporous BG particles as drug delivery carriers was also explored. During her research activities in our Institute, Elena was involved in three European research projects, namely GLACERCO, ReBioStent and MOZART. Several publications have resulted from Elena's thesis (see for example refs. [1-3]). We congratulate Elena on achieving her doctoral degree and wish her all the best in her future career.

              [1] Boccardi, E., Philippart, A., Bortuzzo, J., Beltran, A., Novarja, G., Vitale Brovarone, C., Spiecker, E., Boccaccini, A. R., Uniform surface modification of 3D Bioglass®-based scaffolds with mesoporous silica particles (MCM-41) for enhancing drug delivery capability, Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 3 (2015):177.

              [2] Boccardi, E., Belova, I. V., Murch, G. E., Boccaccini, A. R., Fiedler, T., Oxygen diffusion in marine-derived tissue engineering scaffolds, J. Mater. Sci. Mater. Med. 26 (2015) 200.

              [3] Boccardi, E., Philippart, A., Melli, V., Altomare, L., De Nardo, L., Novajra, G., Vitale-Brovarone, C., Fey, T., Boccaccini, A. R., Bioactivity and mechanical stability of 45S5 bioactive glass scaffolds based on natural marine sponges, Ann. Biomed. Eng. 44 (2016) 1881–1893.


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            • Visit of Prof. Enrica Verne (Polytechnic of Turin, Italy)
              On 19th December 2016 we received the visit of Prof. Enrica Verne a senior member of the Department of Applied Science and Technology  at Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, led by Prof. Monica Ferraris. We have been collaborating with the research group of Prof. Verne for more than 12 years. Previously we have investigated the surface functionalization of bioactive glasses [1], more recently we have collaborated in the field of Zn and Sr doped bioactive glass based coatings for metallic materials [2].

              [1] Verne, E., Vitale-Brovarone, C., Bui, E., Bianchi, C. L., Boccaccini, A. R., Surface functionalization of bioactive glasses, J. Biomed. Mater. Res. 90A (2009) 981-992.
              [2] Miola, M., Verné, E., Ciraldo, F. E., Cordero-Arias, L. and Boccaccini, A. R., Electrophoretic deposition of chitosan/45S5 bioactive glass composite coatings doped with Zn and Sr, Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 3 (2015) Article 159.
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            •   Kickoff meeting of DFG funded project on cardiac tissue engineering
              The kickoff meeting of our new DFG funded project on fibrous biomaterials for cardiac tissue engineering, in collaboration with the group of _Prof. Felix Engel (Experimental Renal and Cardiovascular Research, University Hospital Erlangen) took place on 12th December 2016 at the Institute of Biomaterials (BioMat). In the photo Prof. Boccaccini (BioMat), Florian Ruther (BioMat), Lena Vogt (BioMat), Kaveh Roshanbinfar (Experimental Renal and Cardiovascular Research), Jana Petzold (Experimental Renal and Cardiovascular Research) and Prof. F. Engel. The project will investigate a new family of electrically conductive biopolymer patches for cardiac regeneration. Our previous work in collaboration with Prof. Engel's group has been published [1, 2]. [1] M. Tallawi, et al. Novel PGS/PCL electrospun fiber mats with patterned topographical features for cardiac patch applications, Materials Science and Engineering C 69 (2016) 569–576. [2] M. Tallawi, et al., Poly (glycerol sebacate)/poly (butylene succinate-butylene dilinoleate) fibrous scaffolds for cardiac tissue engineering,Tissue Eng. Part C: Methods 21 (2015), 585-596.


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            • Yuyun Yang receives Frans Habraken Best Paper Award in Amsterdam
              Yuyun Yang, PhD student at the Institute of Biomaterials, supervised by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and co-supervised by Prof. Sanna Virtannen (Institute of Surface Science and Corrosion), received the Frans Habraken Best Paper Award of the journal Applied Surface Science in Amsterdam. The paper “Yang, Y., et al., In vitro study of polycaprolactone/bioactive glass composite coatings on corrosion and bioactivity of pure Mg” (Applied Surface Science, Volume 355, 2015, 832-841) was selected from close to 40 nominees. The news are also in the Elsevier social network. In the photo, Yuyun with Elsevier publisher, Ms Arasa Cid Carina, and with the Editor-in-Chief of Appl. Surf. Sci., Prof. Henrik Rudolph.
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              Yuyun Yang receives Frans Habraken Best Paper Award in Amsterdam

 


            • Our visiting researchers in this winter semester!
              We welcome our visiting researchers from Turkey (Fatih Erdem Baştan, Sakarya University), Spain (Julia M. Urena Alcazar, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid and Eugeni C. Recacha, Inst. of Ceramics Technology, Castellon), Italy (Mariangela Curcio, University of Basilicata, Daniela Trapani, Polytechnic of Milan), Argentina (Maria Laura Dittler, National University of La Plata) and China (Yongcong Fang, Tsinghua University), who are working on a variety of projects, including bioactive coatings by electrophoretic deposition, hydrogel scaffolds for soft tissue engineering, bioactivity tests on nanostructured surfaces, bioactive glass scaffolds, magnetic nanoparticles and biofabrication techniques.
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              Our visiting researchers in this winter semester

 


            • Kick-off meeting of new DFG project on bioactive glasses in Darmstadt
              The kick-off meeting of the new DFG funded project on ion-doped bioactive glasses with outstanding high temperature crystallization resistance took place on 30th November 2016 at the Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), hosted by the Institute for Materials Science, Dispersive Solids (Head: Prof. Ralf Riedel). The principal investigators Dr. Maria Isabel Gonzalo de Juan, Dr. Emanuel Ionescu, research student Mr Fangtong Xie (TU Darmstadt) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (FAU Institute of Biomaterials) (pictured) attended the meeting. This new 3-year project will develop a new family of multifunctional therapeutic-ions-containing bioactive glasses synthesized at TU Darmstadt which will be characterized for their intrinsic bioactive behavior at the Institute of Biomaterials in Erlangen.
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              Kick-off meeting of new DFG project on bioactive glasses in Darmstadt

 


            • Our new paper on nanocomposite scaffolds in collaboration with our Argentinean colleagues published in Biomedical Materials
              The paper entitled: "Nanocomposite scaffolds with tunable mechanical and degradation capabilities: co-delivery of bioactive agents for bone tissue engineering" [1] has been just published in Biomedical Materials. The paper presents results of our collaborative project with the group of Prof. Viviana Mourino, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with participation also of Dr. F. Pishbin of the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK, and of the group of Prof. A. Gorustovich, Interdisciplinary Materials Group-IESIING-UCASAL, Salta, Argentina. The paper introduces a new technology to develop multifunctional nanocomposite scaffolds based on nanobioactive glass and alginate crosslinked with therapeutic ions (calcium and copper) and loaded with alendronate. The novel nanocomposites are an exciting new class of therapeutic carriers with tunable mechanical and degradation properties for bone tissue engineering applications.

              [1] J. P. Cattalini, et al., Nanocomposite scaffolds with tunable mechanical and degradation capabilities: co-delivery of bioactive agents for bone tissue engineering, Biomed. Mater. 11 (2016) 065003


 

 

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