Journal "BIOMEDICAL GLASSES" is accepting papers for Volume 5 (2019)

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, which is the official journal of the Technical Committe TC04 "Bioglasses" of the Internatioal Commission on Glass (ICG), has completed the publication of Vols. 1-4 and it is now accepting papers for Volume 5 (2019). 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.

 

May 2019

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          • Visit from AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

            On 15-16 May 2019 we received the visit of researchers from AGH University of Science and TechnologyFaculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, namely Prof. Maciej Sitarz, Ms Magdalena Gaweda (PhD student) and Dr Jakub Marchewka (post-doctoral researcher). After research presentations of the visitors, we discussed the continuation of our successful collaboration with the research group of Prof. Sitarz (e.g. [1, 2]), which will involve advanced characterisation techniques for inorganic and composite biomaterials. The visitors from Krakow visited our laboratories and discussed with different members of our Institute (Ms Katharina Schuladen, Ms Susanne Heid, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, among other). [1] A. Wajda, et al., Influence of zinc ions on structure, bioactivity, biocompatibility and antibacterial potential of melt-derived and gel-derived glasses from CaO-SiO2 system, J. of Non-Cryst. Solids 511 (2019) 86-99.  [2] A. Wajda, et al., Structural characterization and evaluation of antibacterial and angiogenic potential of gallium-containing melt-derived and gel-derived glasses from CaO-SiO2 system, Ceram. Int. 44 (2018) 22698-22709
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          • 6th Int. Symposium "Interface Biology of Implants" in Rostock

            Our institute was represented at the 6th International Symposium "Interface Biology of Implants" held in Rostock, Germany, on 8th-10th May 2019. Dr. Rainer Detsch, as an invited speaker, presented the talk "Osteoclastogenesis: A physiologically relevant strategy for bone regeneration" (Co-author: Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini), whereas Thomas Kreller (PhD student) presented a poster as an excerpt of his Master’s thesis entitled “Physico-chemical modification of gelatin as a valuable tool for the improvement of 3D hierarchical printability of oxidized alginate-gelatin hydrogels” (co-authors: Thomas Distler, Dr. Rainer Detsch, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Aldo R. Boccaccini), which was conducted in the context of the Collaborative Research Centre 1270 ELAINE (ELectrically Active ImplaNts), project B01.
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          • Best poster award for Qaisar Nawaz at DGG Conference

            Qaisar Nawaz was awarded the best poster prize at the joint meeting of the German Society of Glass Technology (DGG) and the French Union for Science and Glass Technology (USTV), held in Nuremberg on 13-15 May 2019. Qaisar is a doctoral student at the Institute of Biomaterials under supervision of Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini, and he is carrying out research on new bioactive glasses in the framework of a DFG funded project in collaboration with University of Jena and Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, Halle. Qaisar's poster entitled: "Evolution of crystallization kinetics, and mineralization of partially crystallized 45S5 bioactive glass".
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          • Special session "FunGlass" at Annual Meeting of German Society of Glass Technology in Nuremberg

            The Special Session "FunGlass" dedicated to the "Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass" based in Trencin, Slovakia, took place on 13th May 2019 in the framework of the 93rd Annual Meeting of the German Society of Glass Technology (DGG) in conjunction with the French Union for Science and Glass Technology (USTV) Annual Meeting, in Nuremberg, Germany. The FunGlass Special Session was organized by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (member of FunGlass Scientific Board). Prof. Dusan Galusek, FunGlass director, provided an overview of the activities of the Centre with focus on areas for academic and industrial cooperation, short and long term employment opportunities, and PhD program studies, while researchers of the four FunGlass Departments presented research in progress at the Centre in collaboration with the four international partners: Prof. Alicia Duran (Institute of Ceramics and Glass, Madrid, Spain), Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany), Prof. Lothar Wondraczek (University of Jena, Germany) (pictured) and Prof. Enrico Bernardo (University of Padova, Italy).
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          • Annual Meeting of the German Society of Glass Technology in Nuremberg

            On 13th-15th May 2019, the first joint Meeting between the German Society of Glass Technology, DGG, and the French Union for Science and Glass Technology, USTV, (93rd Annual Meeting of German Society of Glass Technology (DGG) in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the French Union for Science and Glass Technology)  took place in Nuremberg with strong participation of our Institute. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Dominique de Ligny (Chair for Glass and Ceramics) while Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Institute of Biomaterials), was member of the organizing committee (pictured with Prof. De Ligny, Prof. E. Bitzek and Prof. U. Lohbauer, FAU members of the committee). This was a truly international meeting with participants from 16 different countries. In total 361 participants attended the conference and more than 180 communications were offered. Prof. Boccaccini was the organizer of the special symposium "FunGlass", dedicated to presentations of the Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass (FunGlass) Alexander Dubček University of Trencin, Slovakia. He also co-organized the symposium "Glasses in Healthcare", together with Prof. Delia Brauer (University of Jena) (pictured with all presenters in the symposium). Prof. Boccaccini presented the lecture: "Bioactive glass nanoparticles for biomedical applications". Participants of our Institute were also Marcela Arango-Ospina (oral presentation entitled: "In vitro activity of ion-doped silicon oxycarbide-based bioactive glasses for bone tissue engineering"), Katharina Schuhladen (oral presentation entitled: "Silicate, borosilicate and borate bioactive glasses: A comparison of the dissolution behavior under different conditions") and Qaisar Nawaz (poster presentation entitled: "Evolution of crystallization kinetics, and mineralization of partially crystallized 45S5 bioactive glass", in collaboration with colleagues from University of Jena and Fraunhofer Institute Halle), and Dr. Liliana Liverani (FunGlass session). The poster of Qaisar Nawaz was awarded the First Prize of the poster competition at the conference.
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          • Dr. Sebastien Harleep (Strasbourg University) visits the Institute of Biomaterials

            Dr. Sebastien Harlepp, Lab for Tumor Biomechanics, University of Strasbourg, France, visited the Institute of Biomaterials on 16th May 2019. His visit was in the framework of the current DFG project led by Dr. Aldo Leal-Egana (Institute of Biomaterials), which is investigating 3D biomaterial models for tumour research. A scientific seminar was organized by Prof. Boccaccini (Head, Institute of Biomaterials) with presentations of Dr. Aldo Leal-Egana ("The new horizon: Biomaterials for mimicking cancer environments”) and Dr. Sebastien Harlepp ("Chemistry Physics and Biology interactions give new inputs to tackle cancer from molecular interactions to in vivo studies"). The visit was an opportunity to discuss new areas for research collaboration with Dr. Harlepp.
Prof. Boccaccini intorducing Dr. Sebastien HarleppDr. Sebastien Harleep (Strasbourg University) visits the Institute of BiomaterialsDr. Sebastien Harleep presentation

 

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          • Our paper on Cu-bioactive glass containing injectable gels in collaboration with Huazhong University of Science and Technology researchers published in Acta Biomaterialia

            The paper "Thermally triggered injectable chitosan/silk fibroin/bioactive glass nanoparticle hydrogels for in-situ bone formation in rat calvarial bone defects", presenting results of our collaboration with colleagues at National Engineering Research Center for Nanomedicine, and Department of Orthopaedics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology,Wuhan, China (leading author: Prof. Ying Wan), has been published in Acta Biomaterialia, one of the top journals in the field of biomaterials [1]. The study is based on the project carried out by Ms Jingjing Wu during her research stay in our Institute and presents the development, characterization and applications on an innovative composite injectable hydrogel based on incorporating copper-doped bioactive glass nanoparticles, synthesised in our Institute in Erlangen, in a chitosan based hydrogel matrix exhibiting thermally triggered in-situ gelation. The composite was shown to achieve angiogenic and osteogenic properties and was able to fully repair critical-size rat calvarial bone defects without using growth factors. [1] Wu, J., Zheng, K., Huang, X., Liu, J., Liu, H., Boccaccini, A. R., Wan, Y., Guo, X., Shao, Z., Thermally triggered injectable chitosan/silk fibroin/bioactive glass nanoparticle hydrogels for in-situ bone formation in rat calvarial bone defects, Acta Biomater. 91 (2019) 60-71.

 

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          • Euro Biomat Conference in Weimar

            Our Institute was well represented at the 5th European Symposium and Exhibition of Biomaterials and Related Areas (Euro BioMAT 2019), held in Weimar, Germany, on 8-9 May 2019. Prof. Boccaccini is a member of the scientific committee of EuroBiomat conference series, which is chaired by Prof. Klaus Jandt (University of Jena) (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini), and it is held evey two years in the framework of the German Materials Society (DGM). In this conference Dr. Liliana Liverani presented the oral contribution "Using benign solvents in biopolymer electrospinning: Advantages and challenges" and Dr. Raminder Singh, presented a poster entitled "Alginate/silk fibroin-based hydrogels for vascularized tissue constructs", presenting results obtained in collaboration with our Institute. Prof. Boccaccini also pictured with Prof. J. Groll (Univ. Würzburg) and Prof. T. Scheibel (Univ. Bayreuth), project coordinator and Bayreuth spokesperson, respectively, of the Collaborative Research Centre (TRR 225) "From the fundamentals of biofabrication towards functional tissue models” and with Ms Maria Cracau (PhD student at: University of Magdeburg) a former Master student in our Institute.
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April 2019

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Visit from Dr. Ahmad Eweida, BG Trauma Center Ludwigshafen

 

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          • Prof. Boccaccini attends inaugural lecture of Prof. Delia Brauer at University of Jena

            The inaugural lecture of Prof. Delia S. Brauer, who holds the professorship for bioactive glasses  at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research (OSIM ) , was held on 29th April 2019. We have several research collaborations with the group of Prof. Brauer in the field of new compositions of bioactive glasses and their advanced characterisation. Prof. Brauer is also an editor of the journal "Biomedical Glasses"  of which Prof. Boccaccini is the Editor-in-Chief. In the photo, Prof. Lothar Wondraczek (FSU), Prof. Dominique De Ligny (FAU) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (FAU) with Prof. Brauer in Jena. 
Prof. Boccaccini attends inaugural lecture of Prof. Delia Brauer at University of Jena

 

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          • New Bioprinter (BioScaffolder) installed at the Institute of Biomaterials

            Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) bone defects, with a critical size, caused by trauma, laceration or burns are challenging for aesthetic and/ or functional reconstruction surgeries. HY2Print (Hybrid Hydrogel printing of CMF Implants) is a Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funded project (FKZ:WAPM100262672) addressing the different demands of CMF bone healing. The aim of the project is to fabricate a titanium-hydrogel-bioceramic hybrid structure by three-dimensional (3D) bioplotting. The generated structures should mimic the biological and mechanical function of natural bone and be able to stimulate the formation of new bone. To perform the ambitious printing challenges a novel, exclusively for this project designed BioScaffolder of the project partner GeSiM was delivered and installed at the Institute of Biomaterials in April.In this photo, Ms Vera Bednarzig (PhD student), Dr. Rainer Detsch (Principal Investigator), Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Head of the Institute of Biomaterials), collaboration partners Dr. Hendik Fiehn and Mr Julian Schroll (GeSiM). 
New Bioprinter (BioScaffolder)installed at the Institute of BiomaterialsNew Bioprinter (BioScaffolder)

 

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          • Halle-Jena-Erlangen collaboration on bioactive glass-ceramics: DFG project meeting in Erlangen

            The progress meeting of the DFG (German Science Foundation) funded project on advanced characterization of bioactive glass-ceramics was held at the Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, on 24th April 2019, organized by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. Project partners from University of Jena (Prof. Delia S. Brauer), Dr. Altair Contreras), Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS), (Dr. Araceli Pablos-Martin), met with Mr. Qaisar Nawaz (PhD student) and Prof. Boccaccini from the FAU Institute of Biomaterials. This collaborative research effort in the field of advanced microstructural characterisation of bioactive glasses and glass-ceramics is in its second year and is employing as special characterization techniques X-ray tomography and X-ray microscopy (XCT & XRM), available at project partner IMWS.
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          • Our latest papers on electrophoretic deposition (EPD) published in Electrochimica Acta

            Two papers on electrophoretic deposition (EPD) co-authored by members of our Institute have been recently published in the journal Electrochimica Acta. The papers are part of the special issue ISE 2018 (69th Annual ISE Meeting, Bologna, Italy), where these papers were presented at Symposium 12: "Electrophoretic Deposition of Functional Coatings: from Materials Science to Biotechnology ", chaired by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Dr. Begona Ferrari (ICV, Madrid, Spain) and Dr. Carmen Galassi (ISTEC, Italy). The results of these two investigations confirm the versatility of EPD in the production of bioactive composite coatings for biomedical applications, in both cases utilizing chitosan as the biocompatible polymer component of such coatings. [1] S. Heise et al., Electrophoretic deposition of gelatine nanoparticle/chitosan coatings, Electrochimica Acta 307 (2019) 318-325.  [2] A. Pawlik, et al., Fabrication and characterization of electrophoretically deposited chitosan-hydroxyapatite composite coatings on anodic titanium dioxide layers, Electrochimica Acta 307 (2019) 465-473.
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          • Doctoral thesis success: Lukas Gritsch

            Lukas Gritsch successfully defended his doctoral thesis on 17th April 2019 at the Institute of Biomaterials. He carried out his thesis (Dr.-Ing.) under academic supervision of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, and in collaboration with industrial partner Lucideon Ltd, UK. His thesis entitled: “An investigation on antibiotic-free antibacterial materials combining bioresorbable polyesters, chitosan and therapeutic ions” was carried out in the framework of the Horizon 2020 EU MSCA-ITN-2014-EID - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network "Drug-Free Antibacterial Hybrid Biopolymers for Medical Applications - HyMedPoly", in collaboration with Dr. Chris Lovell (Lucideon Ltd, UK). Prof. Silvia Fare (Polytechnic of Milan, Italy), Prof. Wolfgang Goldmann (Biophysics Group, FAU), Prof. Stephan Wolf (Chair for Glass and Ceramics, FAU) and Prof. Boccaccini were the members of the examination board.
            Prof. Boccaccini highlighted the outstanding research work carried out by Lukas, in particular considering the special conditions of the HyMedPoly Engineering Doctorate program, involving spending half of the time (18 month) in the industrial partner (Lucideon Ltd). He remarked the fruitful collaboration with the industrial partner, Lucideon Ltd. (Stoke-on-Trent, UK). The work of Lukas led to the development and characterization of a completely new chitosan-Cu system exhibiting high antibacterial capability, no cytotoxicity and capable to be used in medical devices to achieve antibiotic-free surfaces. Some papers from Lukas's thesis have been already published [1, 2] and other publications are being prepared.
            We congratulate Lukas for achieving his Dr.-Ing. degree and wish him all the best in his future career.

            [1] Gritsch, L., et al., Fabrication and characterization of copper(II)-chitosan complexes as antibiotic-free antibacterial biomaterial, Carbohydr Polym. 179 (2018) 370-378.

            [2] Gritsch, L., et al., Do bioresorbable polyesters have antimicrobial properties?, J. Mater. Sci. Mater. Med. 29 (2018) 18.
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          • ESB Council meeting in Dresden

            Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini attended the meeting of the Council of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) in Dresden on 11-12 April 2019. The Council members met Prof. Michael Gelinsky, chairman of the 30th Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB 2019), which will take place from September 9 to 13, 2019, in Dresden, Germany, and they visited the venue of the conference. Late posters can still be submitted to ESB 2019 untl May 06, 2019. Pictured: Profs. Ana Pego (Portugal, ESB secretary), Pamela Habibovic (Netherlands, ESB president), Marc Bohner (Switzerland, ESB treasurer), Michael Gelinsky, Silvia Fare (Italy, ESB Council member), Abhay Pandit (Ireland, ESB Council member), and Aldo R. Boccaccini (Germany, ESB Council member).
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          • Prof. Chiara Vitale Brovarone visits the Institute of Biomaterials

            On 9-10 April 2019 we received the visit of Prof. Chiara Vitale-Brovarone, from the Department of Applied Science and Technology, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy. Prof. Vitale-Brovarone is scientific coordinator of the EU (Horizon 2020) funded project "MesopOrous matrices for localiZed pH-triggered releAse of theRapeuTic ions and drugs" (MOZART) in which our Institute is participating. We have collaborated for many years with the group of Chiara and co-authored a comprehensive review paper about applications of bioactive glasses in soft tissue repair [1], which is one of the most cited papers published in the J. of Non-Cryst. Solids in the last 5 years.

            [1] F. Baino et al., Bioactive glasses: Special applications outside the skeletal system, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 432, Part A (2016) 15-30.

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          • Doctoral thesis success: Francesca Ciraldo

            Ms Francesca Ciraldo successfully defended her doctoral thesis on 10th April 2019. Francesca carried out her project at the FAU Institute of Biomaterials under supervision of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, in the field of Ion doped mesoporous bioactive glasses for antibacterial applications. The project was conducted in the framework of the Horizon 2020 EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network action (MSCA-ITNs) "Advanced glasses, Composites And Ceramics for High growth Industries European Training Network - CoACH". Prof. Chiara Vitale-Brovarone (Polytechnic of Turin, Italy), Prof. Wolfgang Goldmann (Biophysics Group, FAU), Prof. Dominique De Ligny (FAU Institute for Glass and Ceramics) and Prof. Boccaccini were the members of the examination board.
            Prof. Boccaccini congratulated Francesca and highlighted the novelty and application potential of the results, mentioning the interesting approaches used by Francesca to extend the application of such ion releasing mesoporous glasses in coatings and other medical devices. He also praised the excellent collaboration with other members of the CoACH consortium. Several scientific papers have resulted from Francesca’s thesis, including a comprehensive review paper (for example: [1, 2]).
            We congratulate Francesca for her achievements and wish her all the best in her future career.

            [1] FE Ciraldo, et al., Synthesis and Characterization of Silver-Doped Mesoporous Bioactive Glass and Its Applications in Conjunction with Electrospinning, Materials (Basel, Switzerland) 11 (2018) 692.

            [2] FE Ciraldo, et al., Tackling bioactive glass excessive in vitro bioreactivity: Preconditioning approaches for cell culture tests, Acta Biomat. 75 (2018) 3-10.
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          • Prof. Boccaccini at TRACE-2 Conference in Italy

            Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini attended the "Tissue Regeneration: Advanced Ceramics and Composites: 2nd International Meeting on Biophysics of Cell-Surface Interactions (TRACE 2)" , held on 4-5 April 2019 in Villa Vigoni , Menaggio on Lake Como, Italy, the German-Italian Centre for European Excellence. Prof. Boccaccini acted with Prof. R. Gadow (Univ. of Stuttgart) as president of the Meeting, while Prof. Anna Tampieri (ISTEC, Faenza), Dr. Luca Giacomelli (Univ. of Genova) and Prof. Robert Eggenhoeffner (Univ. of Genova) (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini) were the conference chairs. Prof. Boccaccini chaired the sessions "Chemistry of Biomaterials" and presented the talk: “Bioactive glasses meet herbal medicine: Combining bioactive glass scaffolds with phytotherapeutics for tissue engineering".
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          • Engineering students from University of Technology of Pereira, Colombia, visit the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

            On 4-6 April 2019 a delegation of students from Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia, with sponsorship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)visited the FAU Department of Materials Science and Engineering (WW). The visit was coordinated by Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini (Head, Institute of Biomaterials, and Chair, FAU Department of Materials Science and Engineering), and hosted by Prof. Kyle Webber (Institute of Glass and Ceramics, FAU) and Dr. Liliana Liverani (Institute of Biomaterials, FAU). Fifteen students of mechanical engineering disciplines took part in this study trip, coordinated by Dr. Carlos Andres Mesa (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini and Dr. L. Liverani). The program included presentations of professors and researchers from the different Institutes of the WW Department and by Mr. Jonas Löffler of the Bavarian University Centre for Latin America (BayLat). The students benefited from academic presentations and technical discussions on their topics of interest.
Prof. Boccaccini and Dr. Carlos Andres MesaDr. L. Liverani and Dr. Carlos Andres MesaEngineering students from University of Technology of Pereira, Colombiathe Department of Materials Science and EngineeringEngineering students from University of Technology of Pereira, Colombia,group photoEngineering students from University of Technology of Pereira, Colombia

 

 

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          • Meeting of the Executive Board of DGM Regionalforum Erlangen

            The first meeting of the Executive Board of the DGM Regionalforum Erlangen was held on 2nd April 2019 in the FAU Department of Materials Science and Engineering (WW). The Board members present were: Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (FAU, Board Chair), Prof. Mathias Goeken (FAU), Prof. Carolin Koerner (FAU), Dr. Tobias Fey (FAU), Ms Pratishtha Mukoo (student representative, FAU), Prof. Uwe Glatzel (Univ. of Bayreuth), Dr. Jörn Probst (Fraunhofer ISC Würzburg), Dr. Anton Stich (AUDI AG), Dr. Katharina Neuerer (RIBE®), Dr. Astrid Heckl (Schaeffler AG), Dr. Thomas Grögler (Siemens AG), Prof. Ulrich Tetzlaff (TH Ingolstadt), Prof. Berthold von Großmann (TH Nuremberg), Prof. Simon Reichstein (TH Nuremberg). The managing committee of the DGM Regionalforum Erlangen is formed by Profs. Boccaccini, Goeken and Koerner and Dr. Fey. The DGM Regionalforum Erlangen was founded in 2018 as the local chapter of the German Materials Society (DGM), the Forum offers a communication platform to connect and facilitate the exchange between the different sectors involved in "materials science and engineering" in the Erlangen and Northern Bavaria region, with strong emphasis in developing networks between industry, universities and other research institutions.
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          • 1st Meeting of DGM Regionalforum Erlangen


            The first meeting and scientific seminar of the DGM Regionalforum Erlangen was held on 2nd April 2019 in the FAU Department of Materials Science and Engineering (WW). The program included presentations by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Chair of DGM Regionalforum Erlangen and Chair of WW Department), Dr.-Ing. Anton Stich (Audi AG Ingolstadt) and Prof. Carolin Koerner (Head, Chair of Materials Science and Engineering for Metals -WTM), with a final discussion round table moderated by Prof. Mathias Goeken (Head, Institute for General Materials Science). Moreover a poster session was organised in which PhD students of the different Chairs of the WW Department presented their latest results. Also the student association of the WW Department was present. The DGM Regionalforum Erlangen was founded in 2018 as the local chapter of the German Materials Society (DGM)  with the goal to offer a communication platform to connect and facilitate the exchange between the different sectors involved in "materials science and engineering" in the Erlangen and Northern Bavaria region, with strong emphasis in developing networks between industry, universities and other research institutions. In the first meeting of the Forum the two DGM presidents were present: Prof. Frank Mücklich (science) and Dr. Oliver Sven Schauerte (industry), pictured with the members of the Executive Board of DGM Regionalforum Erlangen, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Dr. Tobias Fey (Institute of Glass and Ceramics), Prof. Carolin Koerner and Prof. Mathias Goeken.
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March 2019

 

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          • Kick-off meeting of new EFI funded project "Novel hydrogels for understanding complex tissue biomechanics"


            The kick-off meeting of the new collaborative research project "Novel Biopolymer Hydrogels for Understanding Complex Tissue Biomechanics" took place on 29th March 2019 at The Institute of Applied Mechanics (LTM), hosted by Prof. Paul Steinmann and Dr. Silvia Budday. This is a new research project funded by the "Emerging Fields Initiative" (EFI) of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg involving, in addition to the Institute of Applied Mechanics, the Biophysics Group led by Prof. Ben Fabry, the Institute for Functional and Clinical Anatomy, led by Prof. Dr. med. Friedrich Paulsen and the Institute of Biomaterials led by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. The project will provide a new perspective to characterize biological tissues according to their mechanical behavior and to identify biofabricated tissue mimicking biomaterials with similar properties to natural tissues to reduce challenges related to experimental characterization of living tissues. The project will also develop appropriate mathematical models to computationally predict the tissue response based on a variety of novel (soft) biomaterials. (Photo: participants at the Kick-off meeting on 29th March 2019).
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          • Third "Klausurtagung" of SFB/TRR 225 "Biofabrication"


            The Second Closed Meeting of SFB /TRR 225: "From the fundamentals of biofabrication towards functional tissue models" took place on 25-27 March 2019 in Kloster Banz, Germany. The PhD students in the project based at the Institute of Biomaterials; Susanne Heid, Jonas Hazur and Emine Karakaya attended the meeting as well as Dr. Rainer Detsch and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (principal investigators). In SFB TRR 225, Prof. Boccaccini is the spokesperson for the location Erlangen, which includes principal investigators of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and the University Hospital Erlangen (UKER). Principal investigators from Erlangen Prof. D. W. Schubert, Prof. F. Engel and collaborators in project B03 (Prof. S. Salehi, Univ. of Bayreuth and PhD students Claudia Müller, Bayreuth, and Marius Gensler, Würzburg) are also pictured.
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          • Visit from Argentina


            On 22nd March 2019 we received the visit of Ms Ana Belén Peñaherrera Pazmiño and Mr Gustavo Rosero, doctoral researchers from Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, Regional Haedo and Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IIB-UBA), Faculty of Engineering, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the research group led by Dr. Betiana Lerner. Ms Peñaherrera Pazmiño presented a seminar entitled: "Microfluidic devices: fabrication and applications". The visitors toured the laboratories of the Institute of Biomaterials. We are exploring collaboration with the group of Dr. Lerner at IIB-UBA in the field of microfluidic approaches to biomaterial characterization.
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          • Scientific Board meeting of FunGlass Centre in Trencin, Slovakia


            Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and Dr. Liliana Liverani attended the last meeting of the Scientific Board of the Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass (FunGlass) held on 13-15 March 2019 at Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia. The meeting brought together all scientific board members from Slovakia, Germany, Italy and Spain. The progress of the research activities of the Centre were discussed highlighting the progress and the development plans of the different Departments. Prof. Boccaccini is member of the Scientific Board of FunGlass and advisor of the Department of Biomaterials of the Centre. In the photos Prof. Boccaccini, Dr. Liverani and Prof. Dusan Galusek, FunGlass director. Also pictured, the current members of the FunGlass Department of Biomaterials.
Prof. Boccaccini,Prof. Dusan Galusek, and Dr. Liliana LiveraniProf. Boccaccini,and Dr. Liliana LiveraniScientific Board meeting of FunGlass Centre in Trencin, Slovakia

 

 

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          • *Prof. Boccaccini elected to the National Academy of Science and Engineering of Germany (acatech)*


            Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Head of the Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, has been elected member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) of Germany. Election to the Academy is based on scientific achievements and reputation. Members are drawn from the fields of engineering, the natural sciences, medicine, the humanities and the social sciences. Acatech currently has around 500 members. Acatech is the voice of technological sciences at home and abroad providing advice on strategic engineering and technology policy issues to policymakers and the public.

 

 

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          • Special Issue "Advanced Glasses, Composites and Ceramics for High Growth Industries" co-edited by Prof. Boccaccini published in the journal Materials


            The special issue "Advanced Glasses, Composites and Ceramics for High Growth Industries", resulting from the EU funded (Horizon 2020) ITN project "CoACH", has been published in the journal Materials. The special issue was co-edited by Prof. Milena Salvo (Polytechnic of Turin, Italy), Prof. Mike Reece (Queen Mary University, London, UK) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and includes 14 open access papers. From our Institute, papers by CoACH researchers Dr. Nicoletta Toniolo and PhD students Francesca Ciraldo and Rocio Tejido-Rastrilla are included [1-3]. 1. Ciraldo, F.; Schnepf, K.; Goldmann, W.; Boccaccini, A. R., Development and Characterization of Bioactive Glass Containing Composite Coatings with Ion Releasing Function for Antibiotic-Free Antibacterial Surgical Sutures. Materials 2019, 12(3), 423. 2. Tejido-Rastrilla, R.; Ferraris, S.; Goldmann, W.; Grünewald, A.; Detsch, R.; Baldi, G.; Spriano, S.; Boccaccini, A. R., Studies on Cell Compatibility, Antibacterial Behavior, and Zeta Potential of Ag-Containing Polydopamine-Coated Bioactive Glass-Ceramic. Materials 2019, 12(3), 500 3. Rincón Romero, A.; Toniolo, N.; Boccaccini, A. R.; Bernardo, E. Glass-Ceramic Foams from ‘Weak Alkali Activation’ and Gel-Casting of Waste Glass/Fly Ash Mixtures. Materials 2019, 12(4), 588.

 

 

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February 2019

 


          • Prof. Boccaccini reelected Working Group "Biomaterials" coordinator of KMM-VIN


            At the General Assembly Meeting of the European Virtual Institute on Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials (KMM-VIN ), <http://www.kmm-vin.info/held on 26th February 2019 in Brussels, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini was reelected 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 powerful 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, <http://www.imws.tuwien.ac.at/mitarbeiter/institutsleitung/profil/HELLMICH/>, TU Vienna, Prof. M. Basista, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (IPPT) <http://www.ippt.pan.pl/en/home.html>,  Warsaw, Poland, and CEO of KMM-VIN, Prof. K. Dolinski, IPPT, Secretary of KMM-VIN, Prof Katarzyna Kowalczzyk-Gajewska, IPPT and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini with Profs. Monica Ferraris, Milena Salvo, Federico Smeacetto and Cristina Balagna of Polytechnic of Turin; Italy.
Prof. Boccaccini reelected Working Group Prof. Boccaccini reelected Working Group Prof. Boccaccini and Prof. C. HellmichProf. BoccacciniProf. Boccaccini and Torino group

 

 

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          • Prof. Boccaccini attends FEMS Executive Committee meeting in Paris


            On 27-28 February 2019 Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini attended the meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) held in the Maison de la Chimie, in Paris, France. Prof. Boccaccini is FEMS EC member representing the German Materials Society (DGM). The next major event sponsored by FEMS is the _EUROPEAN CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION ON ADVANCED MATERIALS AND PROCESSES (EUROMAT 2019) to be held in Stockholm, Sweden on 1-5 September 2019. In the photo FEMS EC Members: Prof. Sten Johansson (Sweden), Prof. Paula Vilarinho (Portugal), Prof. Rodrigo Moreno (Spain), Ms Efi Fragkou (UK, FEMS Executive Secretary), Dr. Anna Zervaki (Greece), Prof. Eric Le Bourhis (France), Prof. Gian Luca Garagnani (Italy), Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Germany), Dr. Bernard Rickinson (UK), Dr. Frans Vos (Belgium) and Prof. Paloma Fernandez (Spain, FEMS President).
Prof. Boccaccini attends FEMS Executive Committee meeting in Paris

 

 

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          • New paper on electrospun scaffolds for supporting ovarian follicles growth


            Our paper “Electrospun patterned porous scaffolds for the support of ovarian follicles growth: a feasibility study”  has been recently published in Scientific Reports. The paper is the outcome of a fruitful interdisciplinary collaboration between members of our Institute (Dr. Liliana Liverani, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini) and gynecologists from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Head: Prof. Dr. med. Matthias W. Beckmann), led by Prof. Ralf Dittrich at Erlangen University Hospital. The paper presents the application of electrospun macroporous scaffolds as useful substrate for the seeding of ovarian follicles, being able to support and promote their growth in vitro. The application of tissue engineering principles to reproductive organ regeneration represents an innovative approach not yet widely investigated. Moreover, the authors presented the use of polymers and polymeric blends never investigated previously for any applications related to artificial ovary design. The publication of the article has been highlighted in the FAU webpage/NEWS . [1] L. Liverani et al., Electrospun patterned porous scaffolds for the support of ovarian follicles growth: a feasibility study, Sci. Reports 9, Article number: 1150 (2019).Image from: Liverani L, et al, Electrospun patterned porous scaffolds for the support of ovarian follicles growth: a feasibility study. Scientific reports. 2019;9. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-37640-1, this article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Image from: Liverani L, et al, Electrospun patterned porous scaffolds for the support of ovarian follicles growth: a feasibility study,Scientific reports 2019, 9. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-37640-1. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

 

 

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          • 9th Scientific Seminar of the North Bavarian Biomaterials Alliance (NBBA) in Erlangen

            The 9th Scientific Seminar of the North Bavarian Biomaterials Alliance (NBBA) was held at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, on 21st February 2019, hosted by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. Three presentations of each participating university (Univ. of Bayreuth, Würzburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg) were given by PhD students. The program of the seminar is available. The seminar attracted almost 80 participants from the three universities, including PhD students, post-docs and professors. Several founding members of NBBA were present, including Prof. J. Groll (Würzburg), Prof. T. Scheibel (Bayreuth, Dr. A. Leal and Profs. B. Fabry and A. R. Boccaccini (FAU). The next NBBA Scientific Seminar will be held in Bayreuth in the Winter Term 19/20.
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          • Prof. Dietmar Hutmacher visits the Institute of Biomaterials


            Prof. Dietmar Hutmacher, Distinguished Professor and Chair in Regenerative Medicine, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT),  visited the FAU Bioresearch Centre on 19th February 2019, where he visited the laboratories and research facilities of the Institute of Biomaterials (Head: Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini) and the Institute of Medical Biotechnology (Head: Prof. Oliver Friedrich). We discussed with Prof. Hutmacher collaboration in the field of biomaterials for bone tissue engineering. Prof. Hutmacher also presented the invited lecture "Convergence of guided bone regeneration principles into scaffold-based bone tissue engineering - From bench to bedside back to bench", in the framework of the International Seminar series of the the Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TRR 225 "From the fundamentals of biofabrication towards functional tissue models". 
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          • Eugeni Cañas (ITC, Castellon, Spain) completes fellowship at Institute of Biomaterials


            Eugeni Cañas, PhD student at Jaume I University (Universitat Jaume I), and researcher at Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica (ITC), Castellón, Spain, has just completed his research stay at the Institute of Biomaterials. Eugeni was awarded a research fellowship of The European Virtual Institute on Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials AISBL (KMM-VIN) to carry out a research project in our Institute. He investigated the biological activity of bioactive glass coatings obtained by atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) employing different types of bioactive glass powders and precursors, as reported in the literature [1-3]. MC3T3-E1 bone cells were cultured and seeded onto the coatings and positive results in terms of cell viability, cell adhesion, distribution, and morphology were achieved. This project is part of a long standing research collaboration between ITC and the FAU Institute of Biomaterials on the development and characterization of bioactive coatings on metallic alloys by APS. [1] V. López, M. Vicent, E. Bannier, E. Cañas, A.R. Boccaccini, L. Cordero, E. Sánchez, 45S5 bioactive glass coatings by atmospheric plasma spraying obtained from feedstocks prepared by different routes,J. Mater. Sci. 49 (2014) 7933–7942. [2] E. Cañas, M. Vicent, E. Bannier, P. Carpio, M.J. Orts, E. Sánchez, Effect of particle size on processing of bioactive glass powder for atmospheric plasma spraying, J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 36 (2016) 837–845. [3] E. Cañas, M. J. Orts, A. R. Boccaccini, E. Sánchez, Solution Precursor Plasma Spraying (SPPS): A novel and simple process to obtain bioactive glass coatings, Materials Letters 223 (2018) 198-202
Prof. Boccaccini and Eugeni Cañas, PhD student at _Jaume I University

 

 

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          • Darmstadt-Erlangen collaboration on bioactive glasses: DFG project meeting in Darmstadt


            The latest progress meeting of the DFG funded project on ion-doped bioactive glasses with outstanding high temperature crystallization resistance took place on 15th February 2019 at the Institute for Materials Science, Dispersive Solids (Head: Prof. R. Riedel), TU Darmstadt. The project involves collaboration between researchers from TU Darmstadt, and from the FAU Institute of Biomaterials. Mr Fangtong Xie (PhD student, TU Darmstadt), Ms Marcela Arango Ospina (PhD student, FAU Institute of Biomaterials) and principal investigators Dr. Isabel Gonzalo Juan (TU Darmstadt), Dr. Emanuel Ionescu (TU Darmstadt) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (FAU Institute of Biomaterials) (pictured) attended the meeting. This project is developing a new family of bioactive glasses containing biologically active ions for tissue engineering applications. The glasses are synthesized and characterized at TU Darmstadt and they are investigated in terms of their intrinsic bioactive behavior and cytocompatibility at the Institute of Biomaterials in Erlangen. 
Darmstadt-Erlangen collaboration on bioactive glasses: DFG project

 

 

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          • Highly cited papers

            Several of our papers appear in the list of the Most Cited articles of different journals (papers published in the last 5 years), according to the data base Scopus.
          • Journal of the European Ceramic Society
          • W. Li, et al., "Preparation and characterization of vancomycin releasing PHBV coated 45S5 Bioglass®-based glass-ceramic scaffolds for bone tissue engineering, J. Europ. Ceram. Soc. 34 (2014) 505-514
          • Acta Biomaterialia 
          • V. Miguez Pacheco, et al., "Bioactive glasses beyond bone and teeth: Emerging applications in contact with soft tissues", Acta Biomater. 13 (2015) 1-15.
          • Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 
          • F. Baino, et al. "Bioactive glasses: Special applications outside the skeletal system", J. Non-Cryst. Solids 432 (2016) 15-30.
          • Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science
          • M. Diba, et al., "Magnesium-containing bioactive polycrystalline silicate-based ceramics and glass-ceramics for biomedical applications", Curr. Op. Solid State Mater. Sci. 18 (2014) 147-167.
          • Other papers of our group are also listed as "Most Downloaded", for example: 
          • S. Hoehn et al., "Protein adsorption on magnesium and its alloys: A review", Appl. Surf. Sci. 464 (2019) 212-219.
          • N. Toniolo and A. R. Boccaccini, "Fly ash-based geopolymers containing added silicate waste. A review", Ceram. Int. 43 (2017) 14545-14551.

 

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Prof. Boccaccini celebrates 25 years as member of the DGG

 

 

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          • Master students (MAP) poster presentations evening


            We congratulate Ms Helly Atiya, who received the 2nd Best Poster Prize at the Poster presentations evening of the Elite Master’s Programme “Advanced Materials and Processes“ (MAP) which took place on 30th January 2019. Ms Atiya presented the poster with the title: "Evaluation of Printability and Biocompatibility in Hydrogel Composites Containing Doped Bioactive Glass", with results of her "mini-project" carried out at the Institute of Biomaterials under supervision of Ms Susanne Heid (pictured with Ms Atiya). We congratulate also Mr Sulistio Adityia (pictured), who completed his Master thesis in our Institute under supervision of Mr Thomas Distler and successfully finished his MAP Master degree.
Master students (MAP) poster presentations evening

 

 

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          • The Erlangen Institute of Biomaterials celebrates 10 years in 2019


            It has been already 10 years since the establishment of the Institute of Biomaterials within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. The Institute started research and teaching activities on 1st October 2009 with the appointment of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (formerly at Imperial College London, UK) as Professor and Head of the Institute. Over the years the Institute has been successful in acquiring substantial extramural research funding and it has grown in research infrastructure, laboratory and office space, scientific, technical and administrative personnel as well as incorporating advanced experimental capabilities for the processing and characterisation a wide range of biomedical materials. We are grateful to all researchers and students that have come to our Institute from all over the world, in different stages of their careers, and have contributed to our expansion and innovative outputs with their motivation, new ideas and hard work, so that in the last 10 years the Institute has become a major player in the biomaterials community in Germany and internationally. We also acknowledge the exchanges and interactions with a very broad network of national and international collaborators, which has grown continuously over the years. We will celebrate the first 10 years of the Erlangen Institute of Biomaterials with an International Symposium to be held on *29th November 2019*. Details of this Anniversary Symposium will be communicated in due time. For now: mark the date in your calendars ! 

 

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          • Prof. Boccaccini visits his Alma Mater: RWTH Aachen University


            On 4th February 2019, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini returned to his Alma Mater, RWTH Aachen University, in particular he was at the Institut für Gesteinshüttenkunde, GHI, where he carried out research activities between 1989 and 1994 and where he earned his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) in 1994 (supervisor: Prof. Gerhard Ondracek). Prof. Boccaccini was examiner in a doctoral thesis defense, which was supervised by Prof. Reinhard Conradt (former Professor and Chair at GHI, pictured with Prof. Boccaccini in the Salmang Lecture Theatre at GHI). Prof. Boccaccini also visited the Chair for Ceramics and Refractory Materials at GHI (Head: Prof. R. Telle), where he met Dr. Karolina Schickle (picture), leader of the Bioceramics group at GHI. We are currently collaborating with Dr. Schickle's group in the field of bioactive glass-bioceramic composites for bone tissue engineering applications. 
Prof. Boccaccini and Prof. Reinhard ConradtProf. Boccaccini and Dr. Karolina Schickle

 

January 2019

 

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          • We welcome our international guests, visiting researchers and students, in winter 2019


            Numerous international researchers and students have selected the Institute of Biomaterals to carry out their research projects during the first quarter of 2019. We welcome Camila A. Aranda, Martin Melucci, and Rocío Sabbatella, visiting students, National Univ. of Mar del Plata, Argentina, Dr. Miguel Fuentes Chandia, visiting researcher, Chile, Lucia Brunetti, visiting student, University of Bologna, Italy, Dr. Jozef Prachár, and Dr. Si Chen, visiting researchers, Alexander-Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia, Eugeni Canas, visiting researcher, ITC, Castellon, Spain, Elisa Piatti, visiting student, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, Camilla E. Mariotti, visiting researcher, University of Pavia, Italy, Antonela S. Stagnoli, National University of Rio Cuarto, Argentina, Dr. Eduin Ivan González Castillo, post-doctoral reseacher, Mexico, Dr. Özlem Ertekin, visiting reseacher, Turkey, and Prof. Go Kawamura, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan. They are working on topics as varied as bioactive glass scaffolds, 3D cancer models, electrophoretic deposition of bioactive coatings, mesoporous bioactive glass nanoparticles, electrospinning of biopolymers and composites, antibacterial materials, drug delivery hydrogels, biofabrication and 3D printing as well as cell biology characterisation of a variety of biomaterials. Welcome to Erlangen !  
visiting researchers and students

 

 

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          • Dr. Liliana Liverani elected to the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) of the European Society for Biomaterials


            We congratulate Dr. Liliana Liverani, research associate at the Institute of Biomaterials, for her election to the Board of the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB). YSF provides a forum for communication and scientific exchange for young scientists interested in biomaterials. Liliana was appointed as National Chapters Liaison Officer of YSF. We wish Liliana much success in her new international function in one of the most important biomaterials organization in the world.  
Dr. Liliana Liverani

 

 

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          • Dr. Patcharakamon Nooeaid receives Dissertation Award in Thailand


            Asst. Prof. Dr. Patcharakamon Nooeaid, who earned her PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in our Institute in 2014 has received a national Dissertation Award for her doctoral thesis entitled: "Multilayered Scaffolds for Osteochondral Tissue Engineering Based on Bioactive Glass and Biodegradable Polymers", from the National Research Council of Thailand. The award was also extended to Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini as the supervisor of the doctoral thesis, from which several publications resulted (for example [1]). Patcharakamon (Look-Om) is currently Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Agricultural Product Innovation and Technology, Srinakharinwirot University(Ongkarak), Thailand. In the photo Prof. P. Nooeaid receiving the award from Air Chief Marshal Dr. Prajin Juntong, Deputy Prime Minister, during Thailand's Inventors Day 2018 and Prof. Boccaccini with his award. [1] Nooeaid, P., Li, W., Roether, J. A., Mouriño, V., Goudouri, O.-M., Schubert, D. W., Boccaccini, A. R., Development of bioactive glass based scaffolds for controlled antibiotic release in bone tissue engineering via biodegradable polymer layered coating, Biointerphases 9 (2014) 041001.
Dr. Patcharakamon Nooeaid receives Dissertation Award in ThailandDr. Patcharakamon Nooeaid receives Dissertation Award in Thailand

 

 

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          • Visit from Hannover


            Dr. Nina Ehlert, scientific researcher in the group led by Prof. Dr. Peter Behrens, Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, visited the Institute of Biomaterials on 22-23 January 2019. Dr. Ehlert was invited speaker in the Scientific Colloquium of the FAU Department of Materials Science and Engineering, hosted by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. The title of Dr. Ehlert's presentation was: “Multifunctional Nano- and Macroporous Bioactive Glass Composites for Bone Regeneration”. We are collaborating with Dr. Ehlert in the field of polymer coated bioactive glass scaffolds for bone regeneration.

Prof Boccaccini and Dr. Nina EhlertProf Boccaccini and Dr. Nina EhlertProf Boccaccini and Dr. Nina Ehlert,discussionDr. Nina Ehlert, presentationDr. Nina Ehlert, presentationDr. Nina Ehlert, presentation and audience

 

 

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          • Engineering students from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, visit the Institute of Biomaterials


            On 21-23 January 2019 Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini (Head, Institute of Biomaterials, and Chair, FAU Department of Materials Science and Engineering), https://www.ww.tf.fau.de/ hosted a delegation of students from the School of Engineering, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with sponsorship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) https://www.daad.de/de/. Sixteen students of different engineering disciplines took part in this study trip, coordinated by Prof. Ing. Jorge N. Zanabria. The main theme of this study trip was "Biofabrication and 3D Printing in Medicine". The students attended presentations of members of the FAU Institute of Biomaterials and also carried out experiments in our cell culture and biofabrication laboratories. The program included also presentations of Ms Marina Rupprecht of the Bavarian University Centre for Latin America https://www.baylat.org/index.php?id=2 and by Ms Claudia Barnickel from the FAU course Medical Engineering https://www.medical-engineering.study.fau.eu/. The students benefited from academic presentations by Dr. R. Detsch, Mr Supachai Reakasame (PhD student), Dr. Aldo-Leal-Egana and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and discussions and laboratory demonstration by PhD students Susanne Heid, Jonas Hazur, Emine Karakaya, and Vera Bednarzig. Further stations of the study trip includes visits to the University of Bayreuth and the University of Würzburg. The visit was also linked to our biofabricaton projects in the framework of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TRR 225 "From the fundamentals of biofabrication towards functional tissue models".

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          • Our review paper on electrophoretic deposition of chitosan composite coatings published in Progress in Materials Science.


            Our review paper "Electrophoretic deposition of chitosan-based composite coatings for biomedical applications: A review" [1], co-authored by: Egemen Avcu, Fatih E. Baştan, Hasan Z. Abdullah, Muhammad A. Ur Rehman, Yasemin Yıldıran Avcu and Aldo R. Boccaccini, has been published in the high IF journal: Progress in Materials Science. The review covers comprehensively the growing research field of chitosan-based composite coatings developed by electrophoretic deposition (EPD), with emphasis in EPD parameters, chitosan based suspensions for EPD, properties and applications of the produced coatings. The review was written in collaboration with our academic visitors from Turkey (Prof. Egemen Avcu, Dr. Fatih E. Baştan and Dr. Yasemin Yıldıran Avcu) and Malaysia (Prof. Hasan Z. Abdullah) and former PhD student of our Institute Dr. Muhammad Atiq Ur Rehman. [1] Egemen Avcu, et al., Electrophoretic deposition of chitosan-based composite coatings for biomedical applications: A review, Prog. Mater. Sci. (2019) in press

 

 

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          • Meeting of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) Council in Ghent


            The first meeting in 2019 of the Council of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) was held on 14th-15th January 2019 in Ghent, Belgium, hosted by Prof. Peter Dubruel (Univ. of Ghent). In the photo the ESB Council Members: Prof. Marc Bohner (RMS Foundation, Switzerland), Prof. Silvia Fare (Polytechnic of Milan, Italy), Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany), Prof. Ana Paula Pêgo (INEB – Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica, Portugal), Prof. Pamela Habibovic (ESB president, Maastricht University, Netherlands), Prof. Carlos Rodríguez-Cabello (University of Valladolid, Spain), Prof. Abhay Pandit, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland), and Prof. Joelle Amedee-Vilamitjana (University of Bordeaux, France). The next ESB 2019 conference https://www.esb2019.org/ will take place in Dresden, Germany, chaired by Prof. M. Gelinsky. The online abstract submission is open until Friday, March 15, 2019.

Meeting of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) Council

 

 

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          • Visit from India


            On 8-10 January 2019 we received the visit of Dr. D. Durgalakshmi, DST-INSPIRE Faculty, Department of Medical Physics (HoD: Dr. P. Aruna),Anna University, Chennai, India. Dr. Durgalakshmi visited our laboratories, discussed current research in progress in our Institute and presented the seminar: "Nanostructured Bioglass 45S5 for Orthopedic and Dentin regeneration". We plan collaboration with Dr. Durgalakshmi in the field of nanostructured bioactive glasses for tissue engineering applications.

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          • Visit from Argentina


            On 10th January we received the visit of Lic. Rodrigo Herran, CONICET researcher at Polymeric (Nano)materials group, INIFTA (Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquímicas Teóricas y Aplicadas) and PhD student at National University of La Plata, Argentina (supervisor Dr. Javier I. Amalvy). We are collaborating with Lic. Herran in the field of polymer-bioactive glass porous structures for biomedical applications.

Prof. Boccaccini and Lic. Rodrigo Herran

 

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          • Special Issue: "Vitrification and Geopolymerization of Industrial Wastes", published in Materials Letters


            The Special Issue: "Vitrification and Geopolymerization of Industrial Wastes", which was guest edited by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini in collaboration with Prof. Jesus M. Rincon (Dept. of Geology, CSIC-MNCN, Madrid, Spain) and Prof. Manuel Jordan (Dept. of Environmental and Agrochemistry Sciences, UMH, Elche, Alicante, Spain), _has been published in Materials Letters. This special collection contains 35 refereed papers from the international community and is the response to a broad Open Call for papers published in 2017, which attracted contributions from more than 15 countries. The scope has been to include papers related to two key technologies for the development and characterisation of new materials from industrial waste, on one hand glasses/glass-ceramics (vitrification) and on the other hand geopolymers (alkali activation) from wastes, in both cases developing the fundamental science and technologies to achieve the inertization or safe encapsulation of wastes in inorganic matrices. A paper from our group, resulting from the PhD thesis of Dr Nicoletta Toniolo was published (Open Access more) in this special issue [1]. [1] Toniolo, N., et al., Novel geopolymers incorporating red mud and waste glass cullet, Mater. Letters 219 (2018) 152-154

 

 

 

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