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Bioinspired Materials (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Translating Biological Mechanisms into Functional Materials


June 4-5, 2016


Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland


Abigail S. Knight & Karla-Luise Herpoldt

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Bioinspired Materials is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is on the design principles and applications of innovative materials with biological inspiration. Our mentorship component will cover topics on performing translational research for the attendees defining and designing both individual projects and independent research programs.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Bioinspired Materials" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Translating Biological Mechanisms into Functional Materials
Discussion Leader: Ji Liu (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmMatthew Tirrell (University of Chicago, USA)
"Mimicking Proteins by Amphiphile Self-Assembly"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmMolecular Design and Self-Assembly: Materials from the Bottom Up
Discussion Leader: Ryan Baumgartner (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmGokce Su Pulcu (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Chemistry in Motion: A Small Step Towards Development of Synthetic Molecular Motors"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmJoel Finbloom (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Rotaxane Probes for Applications in Molecular Detection with Xe hyperCEST NMR"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmEric Epstein (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Reversible Mechanically Triggered Strengthening, Toughening and Assembly of Materials via Dynamic Molecular Coordination"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmYang Hsia (University of Washington, USA)
"Designing Self-Assmbling Protein Biomaterials: From Building Blocks to Higher-Order Architectures"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amThe Next Generation of Functional Biomaterials
Discussion Leader: Gaurav Jain (New York University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amDavid Lunn (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Exploiting Non-Covalent Interactions in the Synthesis of Functional Materials"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amSoraya Caixeiro (King's College London, United Kingdom)
"Silk-Based Biocompatible Random Laser"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amFederico Lancia (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
"Bioinspired Strategies to Convert Light into Motion"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amBat-El Pinchasik (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany)
"Learning from Insects: Bioinspired Approach to Underwater Adhesion, Locomotion and Release from Submerged Surfaces"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Faculty Panel Discussion
Discussion Leaders: Abigail Knight (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) and Karla-Luise Herpoldt (University of Washington, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Inspired by Biology – Made for Industry: Performing Translational Research on Bioinspired Materials"
  • Hagan Bayley (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Timothy Deming (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Niels Holten-Andersen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Matthew Tirrell (University of Chicago, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Award Number DE-SC0015571.

This material is based upon work supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under award number FA9550-16-1-0123. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Air Force.

The views, opinions, and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy, or decision, unless so designated by other documentation.
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