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Priority Programme 1569


Generation of multifunctional inorganic materials

by molecular bionics




Inorganic functional materials have tremendous impact on key technologies relevant for the further development of future fields like information technology or energy generation and storage. In this connection complex-structured multifunctional inorganic materials as well as their hybrids with organic components play a main role. The generation of such materials with defined structure and stoichiometry via conventional processing is limited, since such processes require increased temperatures and/or pressures as well as large technological efforts. Accordingly, there are world-wide research activities to overcome such limitations and to search for new procedures, which allow the manufacturing of new materials at ambient condition with reduced processing efforts.
Living nature provides impressive evolution-optimized processes, which lead to complex-structured multifunctional inorganic solids. Their formation occurs via biomineralisation in aqueous environments at ambient conditions and is genetically determined. During these processes biopolymeric templates that control the mineralization and the structure formation of the inorganic components play a main role. These processes also involve molecular self-assembly and finally yield composites made of nonmetallic inorganic solids like calcium phosphate or carbonate and bioorganic components. Such inorganic/bioorganic hybrids exhibit unique multifunctional features and in particular, their performance and property spectrum is further tuned and expanded by the incorporation of the bioorganic fraction. Even though many of the technically relevant materials are not generated by the processes developed by biological evolution, the consideration of biomineralisation principles provides promising perspectives for the generation of inorganic functional materials via the interaction between bioorganic and inorganic components.
The programme’s main scientific objective is to apply the principles of biomineralisation to the generation of complex-structured multifunctional inorganic materials as well as of their hybrids with bioorganic portions.
In order to achieve this goal the programme addresses research work on


  1. the in vitro and in vivo generation of such materials directed by biomolecule-based templates with a main focus on 2D and 3D structures,
  2. the characterisation of the formation mechanisms as well as of the structure of the materials,
  3. the investigation and design of the physical and chemical properties of the materials.

Furthermore, these experimental studies are accompanied by computational modeling of the formation, structure and properties of the materials.



Prof. Dr. Joachim Bill
Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Materialwissenschaft
Heisenbergstr 3
70569 Stuttgart
/ 0711 685 61945



Call for Abstracts for the 4th Euro Bio-inspired Materials: 19 - 22 March 2018, Potsdam (Germany)

Deadline: 2nd October 2017

the focus of this 4th biennial conference is on the design of functional materials and systems inspired by principles found in living nature. The main aim is to establish an international and interdisciplinary forum for scientists from a variety of fields including biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering, physics and medicine to discuss current research and to identify future research directions in the field of bioinspired materials. Main topics include the formation, hierarchical structure and the properties of complex-shaped biological materials. Furthermore, contributions are invited dealing with propulsion and movement of biological objects.

The transfer of biological principles onto functional materials and systems made of organic and/or inorganic components represents another main area, which is covered by this conference. Beside materials synthesis and formation, the conference topics also include research on the functional and mechanical properties thereof. Both experimental studies and theoretical modelling shall be considered. Furthermore, the interaction of bioinspired materials with living environments, e. g. tissues and organs, related to medical aspects and applications fit within the scope of this conference.

In addition to invited plenary lectures, the conference encompasses oral and poster presentations. Furthermore, contributions related to the Priority Program 1569 (Generation of Multifunctional Inorganic Materials by Molecular Bionics) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft will be included.

The deadline for abstracts is 2nd October 2017.

Please submit your abstract via the conference homepage.

The programme will be developed by the Programme Committee in consultation with an International Advisory Board.

Programme Committee:

  • Joachim Bill, University of Stuttgart, Germany  (Chairman of the Conference)
  • Zaklina Burghard, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Helmut Coelfen, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Michaela Eder, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany
  • Claudia Fleck, Technical University Berlin, Germany
  • Peter Fratzl, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany (Co-Chairman of the Conference)
  • Sanislas N. Gorb, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany
  • Yael Politi, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam
  • Dirk Rothenstein, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Gulia Santomauro, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Thomas Scheibel, University of Bayreuth, Germany (Co-Chairman of the Conference)
  • Dirk Schüler, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Thomas Speck, Botanic Garden of the University of Freiburg, Germany 
  • Cordt Zollfrank, Technische Universität München, Germany

An exhibition will be run throughout the whole conference. Coffee breaks and poster sessions will be held close to the exhibition area. Are you interested in supporting the Euro Bio-inspired 2018 conference and in presenting your company/institute? Please feel free to contact us for any questions or proposals regarding your company’s presentation.

Join us and inform yourself about the latest rapidly developing bio-inspired materials science!

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Bio-inspired 2018 in Potsdam!

Joachim  Bill
University of Stuttgart

Peter Fratzl
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany

Thomas Scheibel
University of Bayreuth

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