Public Release:  Fibrous Protein Nanocomposites Conference

An ECI Conference

Engineering Conferences International

This multidisciplinary conference on "Fibrous Protein Nanocomposites for Tailored Hybrid Biostructures and Devices" will address the state of the art in the design, synthesis and characterization of hybrid bio-nano- materials and devices for electronic and nanomedicine applications.

The conference will be held in the island of Crete, a renowned destination since the antiquity situated at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Sea, exposed to the diverse cultures of three continents. In a metaphorical manner, the conference aims at exposing the audience to several different disciplines (materials science, biology and engineering) focusing on various aspects of fibrous nanocomposites.

Conference Focus

Fibrous nanostructured objects such as polymer /composite electrospun mats, carbon nanotubes, and protein-based nanofibers and nanotubes recently attracted much interest for their integration in future generations of micro and nano devices with promising industrial applications. Carbon nanotubes have been the subject of the most intense investigation; however, they present limitations due to their extreme conditions of manufacturing and their production cost. Protein and peptide-based-nanofibers present an attractive alternative since they can assemble under mild conditions, they can be considerably less expensive to manufacture, and are more easily configurable, i.e. they allow the attachment or engineering of additional functionalities. Protein nanofibers that are resistant to extreme conditions are the most suitable candidates, since they can be easily interfaced with the world of "hard materials".

Electrospun nanofibers of hybrid materials are a class of bio-nano-composites that also allow for versatile design, ease of manufacturing, and diversity of applications in a complementary fashion. Both the nanoelectronics and nanomedicine fields will eventually require the integration of protein nanofibers-based design and manufacturing (e.g., nanocircuitry templating, protein structures such as those binding bone to collagen in tissue scaffolding, etc.) and electrospun nanofiber-based synthesis and processing (active components in sensing, actuation, nanocues in templating, drug delivery systems, etc.). Engineered proteins, discriminating biosensing, and nanowire electrodes are some of the key themes of the conference; their integration is expected to lead to advanced disease monitoring tools and active scaffolds in tissue engineering. The hybrid and/or multilayered fibrous biological materials may find applications as 3D structuring templates in nanoelectronics and tissue/organ scaffolding, and as active components of theragnostics and power systems.

Preliminary Conference Outline

Designer self-assembling peptide materials
Natural and designed protein materials
Various properties of peptide materials
Peptide and protein scaffolds in tissue regeneration and tissue engineering
Hybrid and composite peptide/inorganic materials and applications
Manufacturing / biofabrication
Theoretical studies and multi-scale modeling
Plenary Speaker
Ehud Gazit, Tel-Aviv University

Confirmed Invited Speakers (May 17, 2012)
Georgios Archontis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Nurit Ashkenasy, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Alexander Bittner, CIC Nanogune, Spain
Maria Farsari, IESL/FORTH, Greece
Mustafa Guler, Bilkent University, Turkey,
Stavros Hamodrakas, University of Athens, Greece
Charlotte Hauser, IBN Singapore
Zhanglin Lin, Tsingua University, China
Markus Linder, VTT Finland
Maite Paternostre, Saclay, France
Darrin Pochan, University of Delaware, USA,
Alberto Saiani, University of Manchester, UK
Thomas Scheibel, University Of Bayreuth, Germany
Candan Tamerler, University of Washington, USA
Tell Tuttle, University of Strathclyde, UK
Takafumi Ueno, Tokyo Istitute of Technology, Japan
Antonio Villaverde, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain,
Salvador Ventura, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Senior post-doc from Dek Woolfson Lab, University of Bristol, UK

Conference Publication

A program book including abstracts of all presentations will be distributed to attendees at the conference

Program Committee

Chair: Prof. Perena Gouma
Director of the Center for Nanomaterials and Sensor Development,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
SUNY at Stony Brook, USA


Prof. Anna Mitraki
Department of Materials Science and Technology,
University of Crete

Dr. Shuguang Zhang
Laboratory for Molecular Design,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

International Organizing Committee
Prof. Thomas Webster, Brown University, USA
Prof. Roger Narayan, University of North Carolina/North Carolina State University, USA
Prof. Robert Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Prof. Wojtek Wlodarski, RMIT University, Australia
Prof. Namita Roy Choudhury, Ian Wark Research Institute, University of South Australia
Prof. Charlotte Hauser, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore
Prof. Alex Bittner, CIC nanoGUNE Consolider, Spain
Prof. Thomas Scheibel, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Prof. Rena Bizios, The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA


Abstracts (maximum one page) are solicited from participants to allow better placement in the discussion sessions. Poster presentations are encouraged. The deadline for submission of abstracts is as follows:
Abstracts for Oral Presentations: June 30, 2012
Abstracts for Poster Presentations: June 30, 2012
Abstracts should be submitted electronically at

The abstract template available at the above link must be followed for an abstract to be considered for presentation.

Hotel Information

Conference participants will be staying at the Daios Cove Resort ( (see photo gallery)). in a deluxe sea view room situated on a hillside overlooking its own private bay, with amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea. Cretan cuisine is renowned as a healthy, tasty option and at Daios Cove, skilled chefs use only the best quality of fresh and local ingredients to create truly memorable meals.

The hotel offers a private sandy beach with sun beds & umbrellas; a spa and gym; bar with free computers and internet access; boutique gallery; outdoor self-parking; valet parking; two tennis courts; infinity main pool with sea water; theme nights; kids entertainment room and daily activity program; all day activities program; concierge service; doctor on call 24 hours; water sports; scuba diving center; sailing & motor yacht renting; car rental service.

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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