Potential and Challenges in Bioceramics – From Fundamental Research to Clinical Translation

Join ACerS and MRS for a two-day bioceramics virtual workshop, April 7–8, 2021, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

The overall goal of this workshop is to bring together experts from the field of bioceramics from academia, industry, and clinical backgrounds with the goal of fostering discussion and scientific exchange among these different perspectives.

Presentations by international experts will cover the entire life cycle of bioceramics, from synthesis to clinical translation. By highlighting and critically discussing current challenges in an interactive panel discussion, the future perspective of bioceramics in medical applications will be evaluated.

Students attending the workshop will learn fundamental aspects in bioceramic synthesis to application-oriented requirements given by clinicians. This broad and interactive view will broaden their scientific horizon and support them in developing next-generation materials that overcome current medicinal hurdles.

Interactive breaks and a panel discussion will enable students to connect directly with the experts and ask personal research and career-related questions.

Attendees will learn:

  • The lifecycle of bioceramics, from synthesis to clinical translation
  • Current challenges in bioceramics
  • Fundamentals of bioceramics synthesis
  • Clinical application-oriented requirements
  • Development of next-generation materials to overcome medical challenges

The workshop will consist of seven talks and a moderated panel discussion, plus interactive chats exclusively for students and session speakers.

Please click here for speaker schedule:  Schedule_ACerS-MRS Bioceramics Workshop.


Ashutosh Goel

Ashutosh Goel, associate professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, USA

Isabel Gessner

Isabel Gessner, postdoctoral research fellow, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA


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Francesco Baino is senior assistant professor, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

His research interests include the design, processing and characterization of biomaterials for healthcare and tissue engineering applications, with special focus on bioceramics and bioactive glasses, as well as processing and testing of advanced ceramics.

He has published more than 145 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 book chapters and is author of three patents. He is associate editor of the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology and Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.

He is a member of The American Ceramic Society and founding member of the National Bioengineering Group in Italy.

Baino holds a Ph.D. in materials science and technology and an M.S. in biomedical engineering, both from Politecnico di Torino.

Title: Bioactive glass applications: past, present, and future


Aldo R. Boccaccini is professor and head of the Institute of Biomaterials at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and visiting professor at Imperial College London, UK.

Prior to his current position, Boccaccini spent 10 years at Imperial College London, Department of Materials, as lecturer, reader, and professor of materials science.

His research focus is in the field of ceramics, glasses and composites for biomedical, functional and/or structural applications. He is the author or co-author of more than 900 scientific papers and 25 book chapters.

He is editor-in-chief of Materials Letters, founding editor and editor-in-chief of Biomedical Glasses, and serves on the editorial board of more than 10 international journals.

Boccaccini is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, The American Ceramic Society, The Society of Glass Technology, and the European Ceramic Society.

He holds a nuclear engineering degree from Instituto Balseiro, Dr-Ing. from RWTH Aachen University, and habilitation from Technical University of Ilmenau.

Title: Bioactive glasses in tissue engineering and biofabrication

Mario Tanomaru Filho

Mario Tanomaru-Filho is full professor, discipline of endodontics, Araraquara School of Dentistry, UNESP, Brazil.

Tanomaru-Filho graduated from the University of São Paulo with a MS degree in endodontics and earned his Ph.D. in endodontics from São Paulo State University. He also works as coordinator of the graduate course in endodontics. Tanomaru-Filho is a recipient of the CNPq Research Productivity Scholarship and has authored more than 210 papers in peer-reviewed international journals.

Title: Bioceramics in reparative dentistry and endodontics – current aspects and future perspectives


Steve Jung is chief technology officer, Mo-Sci Corporation, USA. He spent the last 10 ½ years at the company as director of new product development and senior research engineer, working on design and development of specialty glass primarily for the health care industry for orthopedics and spine, dentistry, wound care, and cancer treatment.

Jung was instrumental in creating The American Ceramic Society’s Bioceramics Division and served as its first Division chair.  He also serves as the Society’s Manufacturing Division’s vice chair. He also co-chaired the first two Innovations in Bioceramics conferences, was an organizer of ACerS Bioceramics technical interest group, and served on the Du-Co Ceramics scholarship selection committee.

Jung holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, a Ph.D. in ceramic sciences and engineering, a B.S. and an M.S. in ceramic engineering, all from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Title: Merging the paths of fundamental research and clinical translation; the innovation multiplier

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Bryan J. McEntire is chief scientific officer, SINTX Technologies Corporation, USA. He previously served as vice president of manufacturing and vice president of research for the company.

McEntire has more than 45 years of industrial experience in research, development, and production of advanced ceramics, including prominent positions at Ceramatec, Saint-Gobain Industrial Ceramics Corporation, and Applied Materials Corporation.

His research interest is in silicon nitride for biomedical applications. He is author or co-author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and holds eight patents. He is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society.

McEntire holds a Ph.D. in biomedical/medical engineering from Kyoto Institute of Technology, an MBA in operations management, and a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering, both from the University of Utah.

Title: Silicon nitride: An antipathogenic and osteogenic bioceramic for osteoarthropathy



Hui-suk Yun is head of the Department of Advanced Biomaterials Research at the Korea Institute of Materials Science and is professor of the Department of Materials Science at the University of Science & Technology, Korea. She previously was a lecturer at the Consolidated Research Institute for Advanced Science and Medical Care at Waseda University.

Her research field includes bioceramics in tissue engineering, mesoporous materials, and total technologies for ceramic additive manufacturing, including materials, processes, and systems. She holds 30 patents and nine pending patents.

Yun received the Global Ambassador Award and the Engineering Ceramics Division Jubilee Global Diversity Award, both from The American Ceramic Society. She also received the World’s Top Technology Prize from the Korea Institute of Materials Science, the 100 Most Distinguished Research Achievement of Korea Award, and the 10 Most Distinguished Research Achievement of the National Research Council of Science & Technology Award from the Ministry of Science and ICT.

Yun holds a Ph.D. in materials science engineering from the University of Tokyo.

Title: Novel additive manufacturing technologies for bio-ceramics

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Hala Zreiqat is professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering, The University of Sydney and director of the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering, Australia. She is a Fulbright Senior Scholar and was previously National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow and Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. She is also associate of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

Zreiqat’s research focus is in the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering. She has authored over 140 peer-reviewed publications and leads collaborative research ventures between academics, clinicians, and industry in the field of musculoskeletal disorders and biomaterials research.

Her awards include Member of the Order of Australia, 2018 New South Wales Premier’s Woman of the Year, the King Abdullah II Order of Distinction of the Second Class, Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology, and University of Sydney Payne-Scott Professorial Distinction.

Zreigat is founder of the IDEAL Society at Harvard University, founder and chair of he Alliance for Design and Application in Tissue Engineering, and founder of BIOTech Futures, a science and engineering mentorship program for high school students.

Zreigat holds a Ph.D. from University of New South Wales and a B.S. degree from Jordan University.

Title: Synthetic futures: How chemistries and emerging technologies are transforming tissue engineering

Registration rates

Regular rate$195
ACerS/MRS member rate*
Student rate$50
ACerS/MRS student member rate*$35