Journal "BIOMEDICAL GLASSES" is accepting papers for Volume 4

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. 1-3 and it is now accepting papers for Volume 4 (2018). More information can be found at:


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.


March 2018


              • FunGlass research training program at the Institute of Biomaterials
                In the framework of the EU funded (Horizon 2020) FUNGLASS project (GA n. 739566), Dr. Zuzana Nescakova is the first senior researcher from the Department of Biomaterials, FUNGLASS Center, Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia, who joined the Erlangen Institute of Biomaterials for her one-year training, under the supervision of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. Dr. Nescakova started her activities in Erlangen in November 2017, her research training focuses on sol-gel based bioactive glass synthesis and characterization. In her project, the synthesized bioactive glass particles are being used for the fabrication of electrospun composite fibrous mats for wound healing applications. Her training is related also to the fabrication of porous bioactive glass scaffolds and their characterization using a range of materials methods an in terms of biological activity. Dr. Zuzana Nescakova pictured with Dr. Liliana Liverani (Inst. of Biomaterials) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini in the electrospinning laboratory and during SEM observation of scaffolds.




              • Meeting of the Scientific Board of EU Teaming project FunGlass in Trencin, Slovakia
                The meeting of the Scientific Board of the EU funded (Teaming) project "FunGlass" took place in Trencin, Slovakia, on 7 - 8 March, 2018. Dr. Liliana Liverani attended the meeting representing our Institute with remote participation of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini via teleconference (photo). “FunGlass” aims at establishing a new Centre of Excellence for improved glass materials based at Alexander Dubček University in Trencin, Slovakia. The Institute of Biomaterials at FAU is participating in the scientific development of the Centre. FunGlass is financed through an EU Horizon 2020 Teaming project that supports EU countries with a developing research infrastructure. Our Institute plays a leading role in the area of “Glass in Medicine”, with Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Chair of Biomaterials, being responsible for the academic and professional training of doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers of the new Centre. In the photo, participants of the meeting including Dr. Liliana Liverani (FAU), Dr. Andrea Chrastinová Kalinayová (Alexander Dubček University, Trencin), the members of the Scientific Board, including Prof. Dusan Galusek (Chair, Alexander Dubček University, Trencin, Slovakia), Prof. Enrico Bernardo (University of Padova, Italy), Prof. Alicia Duran (Institute of Ceramics and Glass, Madrid, Spain), Prof. Lothar Wondraczek (University of Jena, Germany, per tele conf.), Prof. Aldo. R. Boccaccini (per tele conf.).




              • We welcome our international guests, visiting researchers and students, in spring 2018
                Several researchers and students have chosen our Institute to carry out their research projects during the next months. We welcome Ms Diana Mireya Ayala Valderrama, visiting PhD student, Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia, Dr. Agnieszka Witecka, Institute of Fundamental Technological, Research Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland, Ms Jingjing Wu, visiting PhD student from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, Ms Hatice Genc, visiting PhD student, Anadolu University, Turkey, Dr. Go Kawamura, visiting researcher from Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, Ms Paola Zezza, Master student, University of Bologna, Italy, Mr Quan Shi, visiting PhD student, Southeast University, China, Dr. Zuzana Neščáková, visiting scientist, Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass (FunGlass), Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia, Dr. Miguel Fuentes Chandia, visiting scientist, Chile, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Guoxin Tan, Guangdong University of Technology, China, and Mr Emre Yavuz, visiting PhD student, Akdeniz University, Turkey. They are working on topics as varied as mesoporous bioactive glass nanoparticles, bioglass scaffolds, electrospinning of composite fibres, electrophoretic deposition of nanomaterials, biofabrication and 3D printing of hydrogels as well as cell biology characterisation of composites. Welcome to Erlangen !

                guests at biomat


February 2018



              • 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 27th February 2018 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 offers 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 to contribute to European research and technology base in this field. In the photos, 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.



              • Prof. Boccaccini attends FEMS Executive Committee Meeting in Vienna
                On 22-23 February 2018, Prof. Boccaccini attended the meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS), which took place in premises of TU Vienna, Austria. Prof. Boccaccini represents the German Materials Society (DGM) in the FEMS EC. A major next FEMS event this year is the Junior EUROMAT conference, which will take place in Budapest, Hungary, on 8-12 July 2018, chaired by Dr. Csaba Balázsi. Prof. Boccaccini will be a plenary speaker at Junior EUROMAT and will deliver the lecture: "Bioactive materials and Biofabrication for Tissue Engineering: Progress and Challenges". In the photos Prof. Boccaccini with Dr. Csaba Balázsi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary), Prof. Paula Vilarinho (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and with FEMS president Prof. Paloma Fernández Sánchez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain).




              • Master students (MAP) poster presentations evening
                Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini attended the Poster presentations evening of Master students of the Elite Master’s Programme “Advanced Materials and Processes“ (MAP), which took place on 7th February at Fraunhofer-Institut IISB, Erlangen. It was attended by numerous lecturers of the program from the FAU Departments of Materials Science and Engineering (WW) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBI). Swathi Naidu Vr, Ksenia Klementyeva, Cai, Fei-Fan and Dalia Dranseikiene, Master students who carried out their research projects under supervision of Prof. Boccaccini (pictured), presented posters in areas of electrophoretic deposition of bioactive materials, bioinks for 3D printing, electrospinning of tissue engineering scaffolds and calcium carbonate ceramics. Ms Dalia Dranseikiene won the 3rd prize for her poster entitled: "Physico-chemical Characterization of ADA-Gelatin-Methylcellulose Bioink", carried out under supervision of Supachai Reakasame (PhD student in our Institute). Prof. Boccaccini is pictured also with MAP Chairs Profs. Erik Bitzek and Nicolas Vogel and with Ms Marcela Arango Ospina, MAP graduate and currently PhD student in our Institute. Prof. Boccaccini is the Focal Subject Chair for the Focal Subject "Biomaterials and Bioprocessing" in the Elite Master’s Programme.



              • EU Teaming project "BBCE" meeting in Davos, Switzerland
                Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini attended the meeting of the EU project "Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence (BBCE)", held at AO Research Institute (ARI), Davos, Switzerland, hosted by Dr. Mauro Alini, Head Musculoskeletal Regeneration, ARI. The project has received funding from the European Commission (Horizon 2020) under the Teaming "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" framework and will combine expertise and infrastructure in the field of biomaterials leading to the formation of a critical mass in research and development in Latvia. The main objective is to establish a joint Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence for advanced biomaterial development based on a long-term strategic cooperation between AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), the FAU Institute of Biomaterials in Erlangen, Germany, and three institutions from Latvia; The Rudolfs Cimdins Riga Biomaterials Innovations and Development Centre, Institute of General Chemical Engineering, Riga Technical University (RTU RBIDC), Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS) and Riga Stradins University, (RSU). The project coordinator is Dr. Jānis Ločs, Institute of General Chemical Engineering, Riga Technical University (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini). In the other photo Dr. Liliana Liverani (FAU Institute of Biomaterials, Erlangen), Prof. Boccaccini and Prof. James Kirkpatrick (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany).

                Boccaccini-LocsGroup photoLiverani-Boccaccini-Kirkpatrick


              • ECS Transactions Vol. 82, No. 1: "Electrophoretic Deposition VI" published by the Electrochemical Society
                ECS Transactions Vol. 82, No. 1, "Electrophoretic Deposition VI", the proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD 2017) held in Gyeongju, South Korea, October 1 – 6, 2017, has been published by the Electrochemical Society. Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini, the EPD 2017 conference chairman, was one of the editors of the volume together with Prof. J. H. Dickerson (USA), Dr. B. Ferrari (Spain) and Dr. T. Uchikoshi (Japan). The peer refereed manuscripts included in this special issue cover several areas of applications of EPD, from nanotechnology and functional coatings to biomaterials, and reflect the variety of topics that were presented at the EPD 2017 conference, which was sponsored by Engineering Conference International (ECI), and endorsed by The Electrochemical Society, the European Ceramic Society, the American Ceramic Society, the German Ceramic Society, and the Spanish Ceramic Society.


January 2018


              • Kick-off meeting of the Collaborative Research Centre: "From the fundamentals of biofabrication to functional tissue models"
                The kick-off meeting of the new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) ("Transregio TR-Sonderforschungsbereich"): "From the fundamentals of biofabrication to functional tissue models" took place on 31st January 2018 at the Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, hosted by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. The German Science Foundation (DFG) approved the establishment of the new CRC in November 2017. This is a large scale, highly interdisciplinary research effort involving principal investigators from different disciplines and faculties from three universities, namely University of Würzburg, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and University of Bayreuth with a funding volume of about 10 Million Euro for initially 4 years. The coordinator of the new CRC, Prof. Juergen Groll from University of Würzburg and the spokespersons for Erlangen (FAU) and Univ. of Bayreuth, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and Prof. Thomas Scheibel, respectively, attended the meeting. The governing bodies of the CRC were elected at the meeting. Biofabrication, the core scientific discipline in this CRC, involves the application of 3D printing techniques to process living cells and biomaterials (hydrogels) simultaneously in order to obtain complex, tissue and organ mimicking 3D structures.



              • Prof. Boccaccini elected scientific coordinator of the Network of Argentinean Scientists in Germany
                At the Annual General Meeting of the Network of Argentinean Scientists in Germany (RCAA), held last November at the Embassy of Argentina in Germany in Berlin, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Head, Institute of Biomaterials) was elected Scientific Coordinator of RCAA. He will represent RCAA, together with the RCAA technical coordinator, Dr. Silvia Kroyer, in all official communication with German and Argentinean research and academic institutions. Prof. Boccaccini is also member of the RCAA Scientific Advisory Board of RCCA, in which he represents the field of Engineering. RCAA is part of the program RAICES of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovative Production of Argentina and has as main goal to maintain and promote scientific interaction between Argentina and Germany. In the picture, Minister Sebastián Sayús, Dra. Silvia Kroyer and Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini.

                RCAA meeting


              • Halle-Jena-Erlangen collaboration on bioactive glass-ceramics: DFG project kick-off meeting in Halle
                On 16th January 2018 Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and Qaisar Nawaz (PhD student) attended the DFG project meeting at Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS), group Nanomaterials and Nanoanalytics (GNN) (Head: Prof. Dr. Thomas Höche), in Halle, Germany. The project is a joint research effort in the field of advanced microstructural characterisation of bioactive glasses and glass-ceramics in which researchers from IMWS Halle, the Institute of Biomaterials at FAU and the group of Prof. Delia Brauer, at Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research, University of of Jena, are collaborating. In the photo Prof. Delia Brauer (University of Jena), Ms Gloria Kirste (University of Jena), Ms Altair Contreras (University of Jena), Dr. Araceli de Pablos-Martín (IMWS), Dr. Christian Patzig (IMWS), Mr Qaisar Nawaz (Biomaterials Erlangen) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini.

                Meeting Halle


              • Darmstadt-Erlangen collaboration on bioactive glasses: DFG project meeting in Darmstadt
                The recent progress meeting of the DFG funded project on ion-doped bioactive glasses with outstanding high temperature crystallization resistance took place on 12th January 2018 at the Institute for Materials Science, Dispersive Solids of TU Darmstadt (Head: Prof. Ralf Riedel). Researchers Mr Fangtong Xie (TU Darmstadt), Dr Kai Zheng (FAU Institute of Biomaterials), Ms Marcela Arango Ospina (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 3-year project is developing a new family of bioactive glasses containing biologically active ions. The glasses are synthesized at TU Darmstadt and they are characterized for their intrinsic bioactive behavior and cytocompatibility at the Institute of Biomaterials in Erlangen.

                DARMSTADT meeting


              • Doctoral thesis success: Harald Unterweger
                On 22th December 2017 Harald Unterweger successfully defended his doctoral thesis in the field of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) for magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic drug delivery applications, which was carried out under the supervision of Professor Christoph Alexiou, Section of Experimental Oncology and Nanomedicine, University Hospital Erlangen and co-supervised by Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini. Several high impact publications have resulted from the doctoral thesis project of Harald Unterweger, some of them are listed below [1-3]. Harald had carried out both his Bachelor and Master Theses in Nanotechnology in our Institute. We congratulate Harald Unterweger on achieving his doctoral degree and wish him all the best in his future career.

                [1] Unterweger, H., et al., Development and characterization of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with a cisplatin-bearing polymer coating for targeted drug delivery, International Journal of Nanomedicine 9 (2014) 3659–3676.

                [2] Unterweger, H., et al., Hypericin-bearing magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for selective drug delivery in photodynamic therapy, Int. J. Nanomedicine 10 (2015) 6985-6996.

                [3] Unterweger, H., et al., Non-immunogenic dextran-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles: a biocompatible, size-tunable contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging, Int. J. Nanomed. 12 (2017) 5223–5238.



              • Visit from USA: Prof. M. N. V. Ravi Kumar at the Institute of Biomaterials
                Prof. M. N. V. Ravi Kumar, Drug Delivery Lab, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, Texas, USA, visited the Institute of Biomaterials on 11th Jan. 2018. He delivered the special seminar: "It's all about delivery". We plan collaboration with Prof. M. N. V. Ravi Kumar in the field of novel composite materials for controlled delivery applications.



              • Prof. Boccaccini visited Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen
                Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini visited the Department of Biomaterials, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Hosts were Dr. Sander Leeuwenburgh and Prof. John Jansen. The main aim of the visit was participating at the oral defense of the PhD thesis of Mr Mani Diba (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini), Mani is a graduate from the Master program MAP at FAU and collaborator of our Institute. He successfully defended his PhD thesis carried out at Radboud University Medical Center under supervision of Dr. Sander Leeuwenburgh and Prof. John Jansen in the field of composite biomaterials with self-healing properties. Our collaboration with Dr. Diba and the group of Dr Sander Leeuwenburgh (pictured) has led to high impact joint publications [1, 2]. During his visit, Prof. Boccaccini also gave a seminar at the Department of Biomaterials, Radboud UMC, entitled: "Bioactive glasses with biologically active ion delivery: development and applications".

                [1] Diba, M., et al., Exploiting Bisphosphonate-Bioactive Glass Interactions for the Development of Self-Healing and Bioactive Composite Hydrogels, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 37 (2016) 1952-1959

                [2] Diba, M., et al., Composite Colloidal Gels Made of Bisphosphonate‐Functionalized Gelatin and Bioactive Glass Particles for Regeneration of Osteoporotic Bone Defects, Adv. Funct. Mater. 27 (45) (2017) 1703438.





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