UPDATED: Biotechnological routes to multifunctional materials workshop

28–29 March 2018 at The Principal Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester

This workshop looks at how enzyme-based industrial biotechnology can provide routes to multifunctional materials, enhancing product functionality through incorporation of natural or engineered biological components, or by enabling advanced manufacturing processes.

Multifunctional materials enhance overall operational performance by incorporating a number of tailorable properties into a single material element. Multifunctional materials outperform their conventional counterparts by combining additional functionalities, such as electrical, optical, self-healing, sensing, thermal, antimicrobial and biocidal, adhesion control properties. Typically, multifunctional engineering materials are composites providing both structural and non-structural properties, for example incorporating electrically conducting fibres into a matrix to create structural electronic components. Many examples can also be found of natural multifunctional materials, such as nanostructured insect wings which provide both anti-reflective and anti-wetting properties. Multifunctionality offers many potential advantages such as by reducing size, weight, energy consumption, and cost, while simplifying implementation and improving performance and durability.

Invited Speakers:

  • Anna Rising (Karolinska Institutet)
  • Fabio Parmeggiani (University of Bristol)
  • Ian Bond (University of Bristol)
  • Marc-Olivier Coppens (University College London)
  • Melik Demirel (Penn State University)
  • Michael Flickinger (North Carolina State University)
  • Stephen Eichhorn (University of Bristol)
  • Stella Job (Composites UK)
  • Paul Zelisko (Brock University)
  • Mina Okochi (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Multifunctionality may be achieved either through biocatalytic production or modification, or by including enzymes as a functional element of the end product producing materials capable of functions including:

  • Sensing
  • Repair
  • Control and response
  • Responsive surfaces

The workshop aims to drive the development of IB solutions to those challenge areas, anticipating and responding to the requirements of industry. This will be achieved by stimulating new collaborative research and development of biotechnological routes to multifunctional materials, focussing on target applications in:

  • Coatings
  • Fibres
  • Bulk materials
  • Membranes

This workshop has now been expanded to with a further theme on sustainable production of composites, a follow on to the Bio-design of Sustainable Composite Materials workshop organised by the KTN for 26th February 2018. This theme aims to explore sustainable production of resins for bio-derived composite materials.

The UK is a recognised international leader in both IB and materials, and the goal of this aspirational workshop is to foster a community capable of ambitious and cross-cutting research that will accelerate materials innovation. New partnerships between these fields could unlock funding for interdisciplinary research, including the Global Challenges Research Fund; the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund; BBSRC industrial CASE studentships; Dstl Defence and Security Accelerator Open Call for Innovation and ONR Global research grants; and EPSRC and Innovate UK calls related to manufacturing and materials.

Please note that due to the limited availability of places, registration for this event is by application. Submission of an application form does not guarantee acceptance. Please submit your application form at: https://goo.gl/c76KdH

Registration for this event is free and includes food and refreshments, a networking reception & dinner, and overnight accommodation in The Principal Manchester hotel.

Due to BBSRC rules you will only eligible for free registration if you are a member of BIOCATNET at the time of the event. Membership of the network is free of charge and does not require further commitment to attend events. Please see www.biocatnet.com/join for registration and T&Cs. Please note that charges may be incurred in the event of non-attendance: if for any reason you are unable to attend, please contact the organisers as soon as possible.

Organising Committee

(University of Manchester)
Dr. Christopher Blanford – School of Materials
Dr. Jonny Blaker – School of Materials
Dr. Matthieu Gresil – School of Materials
Dr. Gyorgy Szekely – School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences
Dr. Lu Shin Wong – School of Materials
Dr. Rachael Rowlands-Jones – KTN
Dr. Mark Corbett – CoEBio3
Dr. Kirk Malone – Manchester Institute of Biotechnology