This In Focus issue will feature recent developments in the understanding and measurement of the interactions between nanoparticles and biological environments and complex matrices. Nanoparticles are increasingly employed in medicine and biology as sensors, image contrast agents and drug delivery vehicles. Conversely, biological molecules may be used to modify and control the structure of nanomaterials. Processes at the interface between nanoparticles and the biological environment determine the performance, behavior, fate and potential toxicity of the particles. Understanding, measuring and controlling particle surface chemistry and interfacial processes are therefore critically important.
- the design and control of nanoparticle surface chemistry;
- novel methods for measuring and monitoring nanoparticle surfaces;
- interfacial processes and their influence on nanoparticle behavior and fate;
- innovative techniques for nanoparticle detection and quantification;
- nanoparticles of interest include, but are not limited to:
- quantum dots and fluorescent nanoparticles for biological imaging;
- metallic and oxides nanoparticles for the diagnosis and treatment of disease;
- nanoparticles and nanovectors for drug delivery
This issue of Biointerphases will include articles highlighting recent breakthroughs and reviews summarizing current developments in the field. The In Focus issue on Nanoparticle Interfaces will appear in the December 2016 issue of Biointerphases, however manuscripts will be published online promptly after review and acceptance. See FLYER
Alex Shard, National Physical Laboratory, UK
Giacomo Ceccone, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy
AVS and Biointerphases are pleased to announce the Biointerphases Student Award winners for the Bioplasmas and Plasmas with Liquids conference, to be held September 13-15, 2015 in Bertinoro, Italy. Winners were awarded complimentary registration for the conference. Congratulations to these young scientists!
Eva Kedronova, Department of Physical Electronics, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Contribution title: Deposition of COOH-rich films onto polycaprolactone nanofibers by atmospheric pressure DBD
Zuzana Kovalova, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
Contribution title: Escherichia coli biofilm decontamination by air DC corona discharges
Join this list of authors submitting to this In Focus issue: Lara Gamble (Seattle, WA), Christian Gross (Charité , Berlin), Maud Gorbet (Waterloo, Canada), John Brash (McMaster, Canada), Mike Wolf (Medtronic, MN), Buddy Ratner (Seattle, WA), Jochen Salber (Bochum, Germany), Steffen Braune (Teltow, Germany), Friedrich Jung (Teltow, Germany), Ulrich Kertzscher, Klaus Affeld (Charité, Berlin) and Robert Latour (Clemson, SC). Submit a Manuscript!
Blood-biomaterial interactions are complex and remain poorly understood despite decades of research. All of the materials in current clinical use activate host defense responses, thrombotic events and inflammatory processes, without allowing for a physiological wound healing response. Questions surround the activation mechanisms as well as our ability to quantify the extent, to which these responses are activated. Studies demonstrating the predictive value of in vitro hemocompatibility testing are also sorely needed, as are approaches aimed at understanding how intercellular communication is disrupted by the foreign materials. Therefore, we invite technical papers containing essentially new results pertaining to the various aspects of blood-biomaterial interactions, including: Basic surface analytical studies relevant to the field, especially focusing on new techniques (super-resolution microscopy, second harmonic generation spectroscopy, Raman, etc.), including surface analysis of explanted devices/implants; Studies focusing on the interaction of blood plasma proteins (e.g. adsorption, conformation) and cells with biomaterials (e.g. platelet-, leukocyte adhesion and activation, haemolysis, complement activation, etc.); Standardization and systematization in the in vitro studies of blood-biomaterial interactions; Comparison between in vitro and in vivo measurements (including aspects of inter-species differences); Clinical aspects of material performance; and design, characterization, and biological evaluation of new materials for blood-contacting applications/medical devices (e.g. in comparison to currently available and applied biomaterials.)
Other relevant topics are welcome. Those interested in submitting relevant review articles should contact the editors with ideas. See FLYER.
In Focus Issue on Ions and Solvation at Biointerfaces
This In Focus Issue will feature recent experimental as well as theoretical advances in understanding the role of water, ions and hydration at biological and biomaterials interfaces and interphases. Topics include the interplay of ion, water and adsorbate interactions at biological and biomaterials interfaces, the role of ions and water in biochemical reactions, folding pathways, receptor interactions, biological membranes and transmembrane processes, cell-surface and cell-cell interactions, hydrophobic, hydrophilic and omniphilic effects, water in confined geometries, water in extracellular matrices such as ECM and EPS. This issue of Biointerphases will include articles highlighting recent breakthroughs and reviews summarizing current developments in the field. The In Focus issue on Ions and Solvation at Biointerfaces will appear in the March 2016 issue of Biointerphases, however manuscripts will be published online promptly after review and acceptance. See FLYER.
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The 17th International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling was held July 6-10, 2014 at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. Poster prizes were co-sponsored by Biointerphases and A*STAR. Open Access fee waivers were given to the two first-prize winners and the second-prize winner.
Jaimys Arnott, The University of Melbourne, Australia, "Armour from Air - The Plastron as an antifoulant"
He Zhang, Nanjang Technological University, Singapore, "Self-Healing Coating Based on Diisocyanate Loaded in Glass Bubbles"
Alessio di Fino, Newcastle University, UK, "Influence of Surface Chemistry on Footprint Protein Secretion and Settlement Behaviour of B. Amphitrite and B. Improvisus Cyprids"
Holly Sweat, Florida Institute of Technology, USA, "Roughness-driven Benthic Diatom Attachment and its Application to Ship Hull Microfouling"
AVS Biointerphases Young Scientist Award Winners
The 74th International IUVSTA Workshop, Focus on the Blood-Biomaterial Interface: Surface Analysis meets Blood Compatibility was held November 3-7, 2014 in Fréjus, France. AVS and Biointerphases were proud to sponsor Young Scientist Awards. Congratulations to these fine young scientists selected from amongst several excellent presentations!
Plasmore, srl, Ranco, Italy and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
“Local analysis of adsorption kinetics through devices based on plasmonic enhanced Au cavity arrays”
University of Nottingham UK
“A highthroughput strategy for the discovery of next generation biomaterials”
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Posted on March 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM