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Symposium 31: Advances in Bioceramics: Biomineralization and Bioinspired Materials



Research that combines ceramics and biology has generated significant interest in recent years. Biomineralization is the basis to understanding self-assembled growth of mineralized tissues whether it is in, for example, bone, mollusk shells, eggs, crustacean exoskeletons, or diatoms. Revealing the influence of organic/inorganic interactions is paramount to this understanding. These interactions are critical in implantable bioceramics and bioactive ceramics used in, for example, dental and orthopedic applications. Bioinspired materials designs have focused on assembling organic/inorganic structures that are mechanically robust and have the potential to be multifunctional. This symposium will address these topics and the development of new biocomposite materials, bioactive ceramics, porous bioceramics, and nanostructured materials. Themes related to further understanding the self-assembly process and biocompatibility as well as other subjects that focus on ceramics used in a biological environment and/or fabricated with biomimetic or bioinspired design strategies will be covered.



  • Biomineralization/biocrystallization and nonclassical crystal growth mechanisms
  • Self-assembly of organic/inorganic structures and composites
  • Orthopedic implants, bone cements, bone scaffolding, and dental ceramics
  • Porous bioceramic scaffolds, resorbable bioceramics, and biodegradation
  • Novel or bioactive ceramic surfaces and biocompatibility
  • Natural ceramics and ceramic composites
  • Bioinspired processing, materials, and structures
  • Mechanics and mechanical properties of bioceramics and bioinspired materials



Joanna McKittrick, University of California, San Diego, jmckittrick@ucsd.edu

Laurie Gower, University of Florida

Hui-Suk Yun, Korea Institute of Materials Science, Korea

Po-Yu Chen, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

David Kisailus, University of California, Riverside

Andre Studart, ETH-Zürich, Switzerland

Stephan E. Wolf, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany




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