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Symposium BM02—Electronic and Coupled Transport in Biology

Electron transfer is arguably one of the most important chemical reactions for life, and has important implications in medicine (e.g., pathophysiology), energy conversion (fuels, batteries) and for future bioelectronics. Recent high-resolution structures of respiratory and photosynthetic complexes and their multiple redox partners provide a big picture of electron flow at the cell level, and may pave the way to understand underlying mechanisms with atomic detail. In bacteria, the discovery of highly conducting nanowires that allow electron transfer across long distances could revolutionize nanotechnology and bioelectronics. The fundamental understanding of these processes and their application to build nano-bio-devices are the object of intensive research. Electrochemical processes combine ionic and electronic transport, and their study in biological processes is leading to insights into the coupling between the two transports. Understanding the critical role of the coupling between ionic and electronic transport will be key to control these processes.

This symposium is intended to join researchers from diverse disciplines who may not normally meet in the same conference, and to become a forum to present and learn from each other’s research in the emerging field of electronic and ionic-electronic transport in biology.

Topics will include:

  • Biomolecules as charge transfer media.
  • Electronic transport in and across peptides, proteins and bacteria, including bacterial nanowires.
  • Materials and processes for coupled ionic-electronic conduction related to biological systems, e.g. proton-coupled electron transfer, electrochemical processes.
  • Optoelectronic materials and processes in and for biology.
  • Non-damaging interfacing of (in)organic electronics with biological systems, in vitro & in vivo.
  • Materials and systems for bio-inspired, bio-compatible, bio-degradable and edible electronics.
  • Models of electron transport in and across biological materials and material systems.
  • Models of coupled ionic-electronic transport in and across biological materials and material systems.

Invited Speakers:

  • Andrew D. Abell (University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Jochen Blumberger (University College London, United Kingdom)
  • Xiaodong Chen (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Ryan Chiechi (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Juan Carlos Cuevas (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
  • Irene Díaz-Moreno (University of Seville, Spain)
  • Martin Elliott (Cardiff University, United Kingdom)
  • Alon Gorodetsky (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Wenjing Hong (Xiamen University, China)
  • Lars Jeuken (Leeds University, United Kingdom)
  • Christine Kranz (Ulm University, Germany)
  • Paul Meredith (Swansea University, United Kingdom)
  • Mohamed El Naggar (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Richard Nichols (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  • Chris Nijhuis (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Akihiro Okamoto (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Marco Rolandi (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
  • Carme Rovira (ICREA at University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Slawomir Sek (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Mordechai Sheves (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
  • David Waldeck (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Pau Gorostiza
Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies
Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
34 934 020 208, pau@icrea.cat

Renata Bilewicz
University of Warsaw
Faculty of Chemistry
48 22 55 26 357, bilewicz@chem.uw.edu.pl

David Cahen
Weizmann Institute of Science
Department of Materials and Interfaces

Keywords for Abstract Submission

Biomaterials, Contacts, Electron Transfer, Electronics, Nanotechnology, Optoelectronics, Sensors