Journal "BIOMEDICAL GLASSES" is accepting papers for Volume 4

Biomedical Glasses is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal covering the field of glasses for biomedical applications. It provides an international forum for the publication of original research reports and authoritative review articles on biomedical glasses and their use in clinical applications. The journal has completed the publication of Vols. 1-3 and it is now accepting papers for Volume 4 (2018). More information can be found at:


Tissue Engineering book co-edited by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini

Tissue Engineering Using Ceramics and Polymers, 2nd EditionThe book: "Tissue Engineering Using Ceramics and Polymers", 2nd Edition, co-edited by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and Prof. Peter X. Ma (University of Michigan, USA) has been just published by Woodhead/Elsevier. This second edition presents and updated comprehensive review of the advances in the uses of ceramics, polymers and their composites in tissue regeneration approaches, and includes a detailed treatment of the wide range of biomaterials used for tissue engineering reviewing techniques for processing, characterisation and modelling of materials. Tissue and organ regeneration in specific parts of the body are also discussed in dedicated chapters.


June 2018



              • Prof. Peter Pivonka, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, visits the Institute of Biomaterials
                On 18-20 June 2018 we received the visit of Prof. Peter Pivonka, Professor and Chair, Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. We currently collaborate with the research group of Prof. Pivonka in the field of advanced characterisation of bioactive glass (BG) based scaffolds with and without polymer coatings for bone tissue engineering applications, particularly to assess the scaffold vascularization potential by determining the permeability of BG based scaffolds applying both modeling and experimental approaches. The project funded within the "Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme" of DAAD and Universities Australia involves exchange of early career researchers and professors between both institutions. Prof. Pivonka presented the seminar: "Microstructural characterisation of the osteocyte lacunar-canalicular network during aging using high resolution imaging – mechanobiological implications". He also visited the laboratories of the Institute of Biomaterials to plan further collaborative research between his group at QUT and our Institute.




              • We welcome our international guests, visiting researchers and students in summer 2018
                Several researchers and students have chosen our Institute to carry out their research projects during this summer term. We welcome Ms Jingjing Wu, visiting PhD student from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, Ms Ines Jauregui Monasterio, Master student, University of Basque Country, Spain, Dr. Miguel Fuentes Chandia, visiting scientist, Chile, Mr Emre Yavuz, visiting PhD student, Akdeniz University, Turkey, Mr. Christian Augusto Silva Castellanos, visiting PhD student, National University of Colombia, Colombia, Mr. Alessandro Trattaro, Master student, University of Palermo, Italy, Mr. Xinglong Hu and Mr. Liang Cai, PhD students, East China University of Science and Technology, China, Ms Hyeryeon Oh, Bachelor student, Hochschule Rhein Waal Kleve, and S. Korea, Ms. Lucia Servello, Master student, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, Dr. Joana Mesquita-Guimarães, visiting post-doctoral researcher, University of Minho, Portugal and Prof. Josefina Ballarre, visiting professor, Univ. of Mar del Plata, Argentina. They are working on topics as varied as bioactive glass scaffolds, electrospinning of composite fibres, electrophoretic deposition of bioactive coatings, mesoporous bioactive glass nanoparticles, biofabrication and 3D printing of hydrogels as well as cell biology characterisation of bioceramics. Welcome to Erlangen !

                visiting researchers and students in summer 2018



              • Visit to Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China
                Ms Svenja Heise and Ms Katharina Schuladen (PhD students) visited in June 2018 the School of Life Sciences in Northwestern Polytechnical University, NPU, Xi’an, China, in the framework of the DAAD funded project "Fabrication and In vitro/In vivo osteogenesis of bioadaptive drug delivery coatings on Mg alloy implants". The program involves the exchange of PhD students and senior researchers between the two institutions, and aims at developing novel electrophoretic coatings on Mg alloy implants. From FAU side, both the Institute of Biomaterials (Head: Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini) and the Institute for Surface Science and Corrosion (research group led by Prof. S. Virtanen) are involved. In the photo: Dr. Ning Cui, Ms Hongfei Qi, Dr. Kai Dong, Prof. Liting Lu (principal investigator at NPU), Svenja Heise, Katharina Schuhladen, Mr Juncen Zhou (PhD student in the FAU Institute for Surface Science and Corrosion), Dr. Qiang Chen (alumnus of the Institute of Biomaterials).

                Visit to Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China



              • Visit from Argentina: I.DEAR program
                In the framework of the I.DEAR program ("Ingenieure Deutschland - Argentina") in Materials Science Engineering between National University of Mar del Plata (UNMDP) and FAU, involving the exchange of Master students and scientific personnel between the two institutions, Prof. Dr. Miriam Castro, Faculty of Engineering (UNMDP) visited the FAU Department of Materials Science and Engineering, hosted by Prof. Kyle G. Webber, professor for Functional Ceramics. The successful I.DEAR program in Materials Science and Engineering is funded by the German-Argentinean University Centre (DAHZ), and is in its 4th year, involving also University of Saarland. In the photo, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (FAU coordinator of the I.DEAR program and Chair of the FAU Department of Materials Science and Engineering), Prof. Dr. Miriam Castro, Prof. Kyle Weber and Mr. Paul-Erich Öchsner (Chair for Glass and Ceramics).




              • 14th Ceramics Congress CIMTEC 2018 in Perugia, Italy
                Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini was the convener of the Focused Session CB-9 "Additive Manufacturing" at the 14th Ceramics Congress, CIMTEC 2018 held in Perugia, Italy, on June 4-8, 2018, under chairmanship of Prof. Pietro Vincenzini (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini). The oral contribution "Digital Printing of Glass-ceramic Glazes", a collaboration with University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Italy, and other Italian partners, was presented by Dr. Maria Cannio (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini). A second presentation of our Institute was given my Ms Rocio Tejido-Rastrilla (PhD student, pictured with Prof. Boccaccini) on "Development and Characterization of Bioinspired Functional Coating on Different Substrates", presenting the latest results of her project in collaboration with Colorobbia Consulting, Italy, in the framework of ETN EU project CoACH. In the photos different colleagues pictured with Prof. Boccaccini, including Prof. S. Seal, Univ. of Central Florida, USA, Prof. Dachamir Hotza, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, Prof. N. Travitzky, FAU, Germany, Prof. Roger Narayan, UNC/NCSU, Raleigh NC, USA, Prof. Monica Ferraris, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, Prof. Jens Guenster and Dr. Andrea Zocca, BAM Berlin, Germany.




              • International Conference on Alkali Activated Materials and Geopolymers in Tomar, Portugal
                Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini was a co-chair of the "2nd International conference on alkali activated materials and geopolymers", held on 27th May - 1st June 2018 in Tomar (Portugal), organised in the framework of the Engineering Conferences International (ECI) series. Conference chair was Prof. John Provis, University of Sheffield, UK, and co-chairs were Profs. Cristina Leonelli, Univ. of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, Waltraud Kriven, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, Arie Van Riessen, Curtin University, Australia and Prof. Boccaccini. Ms Nicoletta Toniolo, PhD student in our Institute, presented the oral contribution: "Use of soda lime glass waste as silica supplier in fly ash based geopolymers" for which she won the 3rd prize for best oral presentation, sponsored by the Journal of the European Ceramics Society Trust (JECS Trust) of the European Ceramics Society. Nicoletta was also the recipient of a JECS Trust travel grant to attend the conference. In the photos Prof. Boccaccini with the conference co-chairs, with Dr. Juliana Calabria-Holley, University of Bath, UK (former PhD student in the group of Prof. Boccaccini at Imperial College London) and with Ms Nicoletta Toniolo.

                Arie-Leonelli-BoccacciniGeopolymer-ChairsGeopolymers conference-group photoJuliana-BoccacciniNicoletta-BoccacciniChairs-dinner-tomar




May 2018



              • German Glass Society Annual Meeting in Bayreuth
                Our Institute had active participation at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the German Society of Glass Technology in conjunction with the Annual Meetings of the Czech Glass Society & the Slovak Glass Society held in Bayreuth, Germany, from 28th to 30th May 2018, organiszed by the German Glass Society (DGG).
                Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini was member of the organizing committee and the co-organizer, together with Prof. Delia Brauer (University of Jena), of the symposium "Glasses in Healthcare". In this symposium the following oral presentations were given by members of our Institute: Dr. Kai Zheng: "Strategy for synthesis of cerium-containing mesoporous bioactive glass nanoparticles" (within EU project MOZART)
                Ms Agata Lapa (PhD student): "Phosphate-based glasses and Phosphate glass fibres for Biomedical Application" (project within EU ITN HyMedPoly)
                In addition a poster presentation entitled "Dissolution behavior of borate bioactive glasses and the influence of doping with Zinc and Copper in different solutions" was presented by Ms Katharina Schuhladen, PhD student, a project in collaboration with Prof. Leena Hupa (Abo Academy University, Turku, Finland).
                In the photo: Ms Katharina Schuhladen, Dr. Liliana Liverani, Dr. Kai Zheng, Ms Agata Lapa.




              • Prof. Boccaccini visits University of Aveiro, Portugal
                On 30th May 2018 Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini visited the Associate Laboratory CICECO Aveiro Institute of Materials - Center for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal. We currently have a number of collaborations with colleagues at the Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, CICECO Aveiro Institute of Materials, specifically with Prof. Ma. Helena Fernandes and Dr. José Carlos Martins de Almeida. The collaborative project entitled "Hybrid inorganic-organic borosilicate materials by sol-gel for bone tissue engineering" is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). We also collaborate with Prof. Joao Mano in the Department of Chemistry at University of Aveiro, including a collaboration of hydrogel-bioactive glass composites for biofabrication [1]. In the pictures Prof. Ma. Helena Fernandes, Prof. Isabel Margarida Miranda Salvado, Dr. José Carlos Martins de Almeida, Prof. Paula Vilarinho, Prof. Joao Mano, Ms Soraia Coelho (Master student), Dr. Judith A. Roether (FAU), and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini

                [1] A. J. Leite et al., Bioplotting of a bioactive alginate dialdehyde-gelatin composite hydrogel containing bioactive glass nanoparticles, Biofabrication 8 (2016) 035005.

                Group photo-portugalRoether-Boccaccini-Manovisit laboratory portugalvisit Mano's laboratory





              • EU Project AMITIE: meeting in Berlin
                The progress meeting of the EU (Horizon 2020) project "Additive Manufacturing Initiative for Transnational Innovation in Europe" (AMITIE) (Marie Skłodowska Curie Grant Agreement 734342), was held in Berlin, Germany on 14-15 May 2018. Prof. Boccaccini attended the meeting representing the Institute of Biomaterials. The meeting was hosted by Prof. Jens Guenster, Ceramic Processing and Biomaterials division, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM). The AMITIE consortium is composed of 18 partners from academia and industry from six EU countries and 1 third country. AMITIE involves 195 person-months of secondments bringing together leading academic and industrial European players in the fields of materials science and processes and AM technologies applied to the fabrication of functional and/or structural ceramic-based materials for energy/transport, and ICTs applications, as well as biomaterials. The final goal of the AMITIE project is to promote research and innovation in Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics through international and intersectoral staff exchange. The project coordinator is Prof. Fabrice Rossignol (Institute of Research for Ceramics, Limoges, France), pictured with Prof. Boccaccini.

                AMITIE-meeting-BerlinFabrice Rossignol-Boccaccini



              • The Institute of Biomaterials at the Erlangen "Markttage des Wissens" (Knowledge market days)
                Many thanks to Lena Vogt, Thomas Distler, Florian Ruther and Marcela Arango, PhD students in the Institute of Biomaterials, for their great efforts representing our Institute at the Erlangen Knowledge market days ("Markttage des Wissens") on 5th May 2018, an activity organized as part of the celebrations to mark the 275 Years of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. The stand of the Institute of Biomaterials attracted numerous visitors, it was a very well prepared and informative stand with didactic demonstration of biomaterial experiments. We shared the stand with the Chair for Glass and Ceramics, coordinated by Dr. T. Fey (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini). Well done!






              • Visit from Thailand.
                Prof. Ratana Rujiravanit, The Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, was a guest at the Institute of Biomaterials on 30th April - 5th May 2018. On 4th May, she presented the seminar "Transformation of biopolymers derived from agricultural wastes to value-added products for biomedical application: chitin and chitosan" in the "Advances in Biomaterials" seminar series. We plan research collaboration with the group of Prof. in the field of natural polymers for tissue engineering and wound healing.




              • First Closed Meeting of SFB TRR 225: "From the fundamentals of biofabrication towards functional tissue models"
                The first Closed Meeting of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) TRR 225: "From the fundamentals of biofabrication towards functional tissue models" took place on 3-4 May 2018 in Reichenberg (Klingholz), Germany. The PhD students in the project based at the Institute of Biomaterials; Susanne Heid, Jonas Hazur and Emine Karakaya attended the meeting as well as Dr. Rainer Detsch and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (principal investigators). In SFB TRR 225, Prof. Boccaccini is the spokesperson for the site Erlangen, which includes Institutes of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and the University Hospital Erlangen (UKER). We congratulate Ms Susane Heid, who was elected deputy representative of the Young Investigators Committee to the Board of TRR 225.




              • Special Issue "Bioactive Glasses 2017" published
                The Special Issue "Bioactive Glasses 2017" has been published in the open access journal Materials. The Special Issue was co-edited by Dr. Francesco Baino and Prof. Enrica Verné (Polytechnic of Turin, Italy) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and contains 12 papers from renowned authors in the field of bioactive glasses. All articles can be accessed freely online. The following papers were published with contribution from our Institute:

                Haro Durand, L.; Vargas, G.; Vera-Mesones, R.; Baldi, A.; Zago, M.; Fanovich, M.; Boccaccini, A.; Gorustovich, A. In Vitro Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells Response to Ionic Dissolution Products from Lithium-Containing 45S5 Bioactive Glass. Materials 2017, 10(7), 740.

                Westhauser, F.; Ciraldo, F.; Balasubramanian, P.; Senger, A.; Schmidmaier, G.; Moghaddam, A.; Boccaccini, A. Micro-Computed-Tomography-Guided Analysis of In Vitro Structural Modifications in Two Types of 45S5 Bioactive Glass Based Scaffolds. Materials 2017, 10(12), 1341


April 2018




              •   New book co-edited by Prof. Boccaccini published
                The volume "Nanostructured Biomaterials for Cranio-Maxillofacial and Oral Applications, 1st Edition" has been published by Elsevier. Editors are:  Dr. Júlio Souza (Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil, and University of Minho, Portugal), Prof. Dachamir Hotza (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil), Prof. Bruno Henriques (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil) and Aldo R. Boccaccini. The book examines the combined impact of materials science, biomedical and chemical engineering, and biology to develop nanostructured biomaterials for applications in maxillo-facial rehabilitation and implantology. The book is a valuable resource for scientists and clinicians wishing to broaden knowledge in the important and developing field of nano-biomaterials.


              • Kick-off meeting of Project B03 in TRR-225: "From the fundamentals of biofabrication towards functional tissue models"
                The kick-off meeting of project B03 (Simultaneous printing of biofabricated constructs and tailored bioreactors) within the Collaborative Research Centre TRR 225 "From the fundamentals of biofabrication towards functional tissue models" took place on 17th April 2018 at the Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. This project is a research collaboration between the groups of Dr. Sahar Salehi, University of Bayreuth, Dr. Jan Hansmann, Chair for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, University Hospital Würzburg and Professor Boccaccini, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. The project will investigate new approaches to biofabrication using composite bioinks and the simultaneous printing of bioreactors. Pictured: Marius Gensler (PhD student, Würzburg), Milad Eyvazi Hesar (PhD student, Bayreuth), Dr. Jan Hansmann, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Dr. Sahar Salehi, and Ms Susanne Heid (PhD student, Erlangen).



              • Our recent paper published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces featured in CeramTech Today
                The platform "CeramTech Today" of the American Ceramic Society includes in its April 17, 2018 edition a note on our recent paper entitled: "Electric Field-Assisted Orientation of Short Phosphate Glass Fibers on Stainless Steel for Biomedical Applications" published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces vol. 10 (2018) pp 11529–11538 [1]. The article featuring comments by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, corresponding author of the paper, can be read here. The paper was written in collaboration with Dr. Qiang Chen (School of Life Sciences, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China), alumni of our Institute (PhD, 2015), Prof. Tingli Lu, and co-authors. The results confirmed electrophoretic deposition as a powerful method to develop textured fibrous surfaces for biomedical implants. This international collaboration involved also Dr. Ifty Ahmed, University of Nottingham, UK, an expert in phosphate glass fibre technology.

                [1] Q. Chen, et al., Electric Field-Assisted Orientation of Short Phosphate Glass Fibers on Stainless Steel for Biomedical Applications, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 10 (2018) 11529–11538.


              •   Visit from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
                Dipl.-Ing. Frederik Kotz, NeptunLab (Head: Dr. Bastian E. Rapp), Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, visited our Institute on 19th April 2018. He presented a seminar entitled: "Three-dimensional printing of transparent fused silica glass", a topic of relevance for the research being carried out in our Institute. In the photo Prof. Boccaccini with Mr F. Kotz (KIT) and Dr. Kai Zheng (Institute of Biomaterials).



              • Annual Meeting of the German Ceramic Society (DKG) in Munich
                Our Institute was well represented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the German Ceramic Society (DKG) and Symposium on High-Performance Ceramics 2018, held in Munich, Germany, on 10-13 April, 2018. Prof. Boccaccini was the organizer of the symposium "Ceramics for Environment and Health" of which he was also the session's chair. In this session, he gave two oral presentations entitled: "Release of therapeutic ions from mesoporous bioactive glass nanomatrices for bone regeneration and wound healing", based on EU project MOZART, and "Interfacial interaction of calcium carbonate in the context of biomedical applications", based on the project of Ms Barbara Myska (NanoHeal). The following poster contributions were presented:

                J. Hum et al., "Steel industry slag valorization as raw material asset for insulating refractories", from project EU RESLAG

                M. C. Molano-Camargo, et al., "Study of fly ash-based geopolymers reinforced with natural fibers as sustainable composites", supported by COLCIENCIAS, Colombia

                N. Toniolo, et al., "Extensive reuse of soda-lime waste glass in fly ash-based geopolymers", from EU project CoACH

                Prof. Boccaccini is pictured with Prof. Sanjay Mathur, University of Cologne, Germany, (plenary speaker), and Prof. Anna Tampieri, National Research Council of Italy, (keynote speaker in the "Ceramics for Environmental and Health" session).



              • Thomas Distler wins best poster award at international workshop
                Thomas Distler, doctoral student at the Institute of Biomaterials, under supervision of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, won „Best Poster Award“ at the 1st Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) EU Workshop on „3D Printing in Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering“, held in Warsaw, Poland, from 22nd to 23rd of March. He received the award, supported by the IOPScience Journal "Biofabrication“, for his poster: „3D Bioplotted Hydrogel Vessel Constructs for Regenerative Approaches“, which is based on his Master thesis in the Elite Master course "Advanced Materials and Processes" (MAP). Co-authors: Dr. R. Detsch, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (pictured with T. Distler).




              • Svenja Heise featured in the webpage of the FAU Department of Materials Science and Engineering
                Every month, the webpage of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg publishes the "Research topic of the Month" reporting the latest research being carried out in the different Institutes. In April 2018, Svenja Heise, PhD student in our Institute, presents her research project on the Electrophoretic Deposition of bioactive coatings on Mg alloys. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is being carried out in close collaboration with Prof. Sanna Virtanen, Institute for Surface Science and Corrosion. The last paper of Svenja has been recently published [1].

                [1] S. Heise, et al., Electrophoretic deposition of chitosan/bioactive glass/silica coatings on stainless steel and WE43 Mg alloy substrates, Surf. Coat. Technol. 344 (2018) 553-563.

                Electrophoretic Deposition of bioactive coatings on Mg alloys


              • Prof. Boccaccini attends inauguration of X-ray microscope in Halle
                On 6th April 2018, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini attended the inauguration of the X-ray microscope (XRM) at Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS), in Halle, Germany, which included a program of scientific presentations. We are collaborating with the Nanomaterials and Nanoanalytics (GNN) group (Head: Prof. Dr. Thomas Höche, pictured with Prof. Boccaccini), at Fraunhofer IMWS in a joint research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the field of advanced microstructural characterisation of bioactive glasses and glass-ceramics, including the application of XRM, in which also researchers of University of of Jena (Prof. Delia Brauer) are involved.




March 2018


              • Prof. Boccaccini invited speaker at TERMIS-EU Workshop on 3D Printing in Warsaw, Poland
                Prof. Boccaccini was one of the invited speakers at the 1st TERMIS-EU Workshop on "3D Printing in Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering”, which was held in Warsaw, Poland, on 22-23 March 2018, chaired by Prof Wojciech Swieszkowski, Warsaw University of Technology. Prof. Boccaccini presented the lecture: "Enhancing alginate based bioinks for biofabrication: the composites approach" and he chaired the session "3D printing in musculoskeletal TE" together with Prof. Lorenzo Moroni. Thomas Distler represented also our Institute with his poster entitled: "3D Bioplotting of hydrogel vessels for regenerative approaches". In the photos, Prof. Boccaccini with Prof. Heinz Redl, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Austria, Continental Chair, TERMIS EU Chapter, Prof. Lorenzo Moroni, Prof. Prof Wojciech Swieszkowski and with Dr. Sahar Salehi, Chair for Biomaterials, University of Bayreuth, Germany, Mr. Luciano Vidal, University of Nantes, France, and with Thomas Distler (FAU Institute of Biomaterials) (Poster award winner, see separate NEWS).



              • Prof. Boccaccini, invited speaker at 2nd Sino-German Symposium on Reconstruction and Repair of Musculoskeletal Tissues
                Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini was an invited speaker at the 2nd Sino-German Symposium on Reconstruction and Repair of Musculoskeletal Tissues, held in the Mainz University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany, on 13-14 March 2018. He presented the lecture: "Bioactive materials and biofabrication approaches for hard tissue regeneration". This symposium follows from the previous one held in Chengdu, China, in 2013 and it was supported by the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion (SGC). Prof. Boccaccini is pictured with Prof. Huiqi Xie, State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, Sichuan University, China, Prof. Barbara Nebe, University of Rostock, Prof. Michael Gelinsky, TU Dresden. Also pictured with colleagues attending the symposium, Prof. Alexander Hofmann, Mainz University Medical Center, Prof. Pol M. Rommens, Chair of the symposium, Mainz University Medical Center, Prof. Gang Li, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

                Bocaccini-XieBoccaccini-Nebe-GelinskyBoccaccini-presentationParticipants at symposium


              • Professor Boccaccini appointed academic editor of the journal PLOS ONE
                Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Institute of Biomaterials, Department WW) has been appointed Academic Editor of the journal PLOS ONE. PLOS ONE is the world’s first multidisciplinary Open Access journal providing a platform to publish primary research, including interdisciplinary and replication studies as well as negative results. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported.


              • FunGlass research training program at the Institute of Biomaterials
                In the framework of the EU funded (Horizon 2020) FUNGLASS project (GA n. 739566), Dr. Zuzana Nescakova is the first senior researcher from the Department of Biomaterials, FUNGLASS Center, Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia, who joined the Erlangen Institute of Biomaterials for her one-year training, under the supervision of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. Dr. Nescakova started her activities in Erlangen in November 2017, her research training focuses on sol-gel based bioactive glass synthesis and characterization. In her project, the synthesized bioactive glass particles are being used for the fabrication of electrospun composite fibrous mats for wound healing applications. Her training is related also to the fabrication of porous bioactive glass scaffolds and their characterization using a range of materials methods an in terms of biological activity. Dr. Zuzana Nescakova pictured with Dr. Liliana Liverani (Inst. of Biomaterials) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini in the electrospinning laboratory and during SEM observation of scaffolds.




              • Meeting of the Scientific Board of EU Teaming project FunGlass in Trencin, Slovakia
                The meeting of the Scientific Board of the EU funded (Teaming) project "FunGlass" took place in Trencin, Slovakia, on 7 - 8 March, 2018. Dr. Liliana Liverani attended the meeting representing our Institute with remote participation of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini via teleconference (photo). “FunGlass” aims at establishing a new Centre of Excellence for improved glass materials based at Alexander Dubček University in Trencin, Slovakia. The Institute of Biomaterials at FAU is participating in the scientific development of the Centre. FunGlass is financed through an EU Horizon 2020 Teaming project that supports EU countries with a developing research infrastructure. Our Institute plays a leading role in the area of “Glass in Medicine”, with Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Chair of Biomaterials, being responsible for the academic and professional training of doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers of the new Centre. In the photo, participants of the meeting including Dr. Liliana Liverani (FAU), Dr. Andrea Chrastinová Kalinayová (Alexander Dubček University, Trencin), the members of the Scientific Board, including Prof. Dusan Galusek (Chair, Alexander Dubček University, Trencin, Slovakia), Prof. Enrico Bernardo (University of Padova, Italy), Prof. Alicia Duran (Institute of Ceramics and Glass, Madrid, Spain), Prof. Lothar Wondraczek (University of Jena, Germany, per tele conf.), Prof. Aldo. R. Boccaccini (per tele conf.).




              • We welcome our international guests, visiting researchers and students, in spring 2018
                Several researchers and students have chosen our Institute to carry out their research projects during the next months. We welcome Ms Diana Mireya Ayala Valderrama, visiting PhD student, Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia, Dr. Agnieszka Witecka, Institute of Fundamental Technological, Research Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland, Ms Jingjing Wu, visiting PhD student from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, Ms Hatice Genc, visiting PhD student, Anadolu University, Turkey, Dr. Go Kawamura, visiting researcher from Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, Ms Paola Zezza, Master student, University of Bologna, Italy, Mr Quan Shi, visiting PhD student, Southeast University, China, Dr. Zuzana Neščáková, visiting scientist, Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass (FunGlass), Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia, Dr. Miguel Fuentes Chandia, visiting scientist, Chile, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Guoxin Tan, Guangdong University of Technology, China, and Mr Emre Yavuz, visiting PhD student, Akdeniz University, Turkey. They are working on topics as varied as mesoporous bioactive glass nanoparticles, bioglass scaffolds, electrospinning of composite fibres, electrophoretic deposition of nanomaterials, biofabrication and 3D printing of hydrogels as well as cell biology characterisation of composites. Welcome to Erlangen !

                guests at biomat


February 2018



              • Governing Council and General Assembly meetings of European Virtual Institute KMM-VIN in Brussels
                Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, member of the Governing Council (GC) of the European Virtual Institute on Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials (KMM-VIN), attended the GC and General Assembly meetings of KMM-VIN that took place on 27th February 2018 in Brussels. Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini is coordinator of the Working Group Biomaterials (together with Prof. C. Hellmich), Technical University of Vienna, Austria). KMM-VIN offers integrated basic and applied commercial research, educational and innovation activities in the field of knowledge-based multifunctional materials. The aim of KMM-VIN is to foster the creation of a platform for research and development and industrial application of advanced multifunctional materials in order to contribute to European research and technology base in this field. In the photos, Prof. M. Basista, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (IPPT), Warsaw, Poland, and CEO of KMM-VIN, Prof. M. Ferraris, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, GC member, and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini.



              • Prof. Boccaccini attends FEMS Executive Committee Meeting in Vienna
                On 22-23 February 2018, Prof. Boccaccini attended the meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS), which took place in premises of TU Vienna, Austria. Prof. Boccaccini represents the German Materials Society (DGM) in the FEMS EC. A major next FEMS event this year is the Junior EUROMAT conference, which will take place in Budapest, Hungary, on 8-12 July 2018, chaired by Dr. Csaba Balázsi. Prof. Boccaccini will be a plenary speaker at Junior EUROMAT and will deliver the lecture: "Bioactive materials and Biofabrication for Tissue Engineering: Progress and Challenges". In the photos Prof. Boccaccini with Dr. Csaba Balázsi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary), Prof. Paula Vilarinho (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and with FEMS president Prof. Paloma Fernández Sánchez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain).




              • Master students (MAP) poster presentations evening
                Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini attended the Poster presentations evening of Master students of the Elite Master’s Programme “Advanced Materials and Processes“ (MAP), which took place on 7th February at Fraunhofer-Institut IISB, Erlangen. It was attended by numerous lecturers of the program from the FAU Departments of Materials Science and Engineering (WW) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBI). Swathi Naidu Vr, Ksenia Klementyeva, Cai, Fei-Fan and Dalia Dranseikiene, Master students who carried out their research projects under supervision of Prof. Boccaccini (pictured), presented posters in areas of electrophoretic deposition of bioactive materials, bioinks for 3D printing, electrospinning of tissue engineering scaffolds and calcium carbonate ceramics. Ms Dalia Dranseikiene won the 3rd prize for her poster entitled: "Physico-chemical Characterization of ADA-Gelatin-Methylcellulose Bioink", carried out under supervision of Supachai Reakasame (PhD student in our Institute). Prof. Boccaccini is pictured also with MAP Chairs Profs. Erik Bitzek and Nicolas Vogel and with Ms Marcela Arango Ospina, MAP graduate and currently PhD student in our Institute. Prof. Boccaccini is the Focal Subject Chair for the Focal Subject "Biomaterials and Bioprocessing" in the Elite Master’s Programme.



              • EU Teaming project "BBCE" meeting in Davos, Switzerland
                Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini attended the meeting of the EU project "Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence (BBCE)", held at AO Research Institute (ARI), Davos, Switzerland, hosted by Dr. Mauro Alini, Head Musculoskeletal Regeneration, ARI. The project has received funding from the European Commission (Horizon 2020) under the Teaming "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" framework and will combine expertise and infrastructure in the field of biomaterials leading to the formation of a critical mass in research and development in Latvia. The main objective is to establish a joint Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence for advanced biomaterial development based on a long-term strategic cooperation between AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), the FAU Institute of Biomaterials in Erlangen, Germany, and three institutions from Latvia; The Rudolfs Cimdins Riga Biomaterials Innovations and Development Centre, Institute of General Chemical Engineering, Riga Technical University (RTU RBIDC), Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS) and Riga Stradins University, (RSU). The project coordinator is Dr. Jānis Ločs, Institute of General Chemical Engineering, Riga Technical University (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini). In the other photo Dr. Liliana Liverani (FAU Institute of Biomaterials, Erlangen), Prof. Boccaccini and Prof. James Kirkpatrick (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany).

                Boccaccini-LocsGroup photoLiverani-Boccaccini-Kirkpatrick


              • ECS Transactions Vol. 82, No. 1: "Electrophoretic Deposition VI" published by the Electrochemical Society
                ECS Transactions Vol. 82, No. 1, "Electrophoretic Deposition VI", the proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD 2017) held in Gyeongju, South Korea, October 1 – 6, 2017, has been published by the Electrochemical Society. Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini, the EPD 2017 conference chairman, was one of the editors of the volume together with Prof. J. H. Dickerson (USA), Dr. B. Ferrari (Spain) and Dr. T. Uchikoshi (Japan). The peer refereed manuscripts included in this special issue cover several areas of applications of EPD, from nanotechnology and functional coatings to biomaterials, and reflect the variety of topics that were presented at the EPD 2017 conference, which was sponsored by Engineering Conference International (ECI), and endorsed by The Electrochemical Society, the European Ceramic Society, the American Ceramic Society, the German Ceramic Society, and the Spanish Ceramic Society.


January 2018


              • Kick-off meeting of the Collaborative Research Centre: "From the fundamentals of biofabrication to functional tissue models"
                The kick-off meeting of the new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) ("Transregio TR-Sonderforschungsbereich"): "From the fundamentals of biofabrication to functional tissue models" took place on 31st January 2018 at the Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, hosted by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. The German Science Foundation (DFG) approved the establishment of the new CRC in November 2017. This is a large scale, highly interdisciplinary research effort involving principal investigators from different disciplines and faculties from three universities, namely University of Würzburg, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and University of Bayreuth with a funding volume of about 10 Million Euro for initially 4 years. The coordinator of the new CRC, Prof. Juergen Groll from University of Würzburg and the spokespersons for Erlangen (FAU) and Univ. of Bayreuth, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and Prof. Thomas Scheibel, respectively, attended the meeting. The governing bodies of the CRC were elected at the meeting. Biofabrication, the core scientific discipline in this CRC, involves the application of 3D printing techniques to process living cells and biomaterials (hydrogels) simultaneously in order to obtain complex, tissue and organ mimicking 3D structures.



              • Prof. Boccaccini elected scientific coordinator of the Network of Argentinean Scientists in Germany
                At the Annual General Meeting of the Network of Argentinean Scientists in Germany (RCAA), held last November at the Embassy of Argentina in Germany in Berlin, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Head, Institute of Biomaterials) was elected Scientific Coordinator of RCAA. He will represent RCAA, together with the RCAA technical coordinator, Dr. Silvia Kroyer, in all official communication with German and Argentinean research and academic institutions. Prof. Boccaccini is also member of the RCAA Scientific Advisory Board of RCCA, in which he represents the field of Engineering. RCAA is part of the program RAICES of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovative Production of Argentina and has as main goal to maintain and promote scientific interaction between Argentina and Germany. In the picture, Minister Sebastián Sayús, Dra. Silvia Kroyer and Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini.

                RCAA meeting


              • Halle-Jena-Erlangen collaboration on bioactive glass-ceramics: DFG project kick-off meeting in Halle
                On 16th January 2018 Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and Qaisar Nawaz (PhD student) attended the DFG project meeting at Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS), group Nanomaterials and Nanoanalytics (GNN) (Head: Prof. Dr. Thomas Höche), in Halle, Germany. The project is a joint research effort in the field of advanced microstructural characterisation of bioactive glasses and glass-ceramics in which researchers from IMWS Halle, the Institute of Biomaterials at FAU and the group of Prof. Delia Brauer, at Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research, University of of Jena, are collaborating. In the photo Prof. Delia Brauer (University of Jena), Ms Gloria Kirste (University of Jena), Ms Altair Contreras (University of Jena), Dr. Araceli de Pablos-Martín (IMWS), Dr. Christian Patzig (IMWS), Mr Qaisar Nawaz (Biomaterials Erlangen) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini.

                Meeting Halle


              • Darmstadt-Erlangen collaboration on bioactive glasses: DFG project meeting in Darmstadt
                The recent progress meeting of the DFG funded project on ion-doped bioactive glasses with outstanding high temperature crystallization resistance took place on 12th January 2018 at the Institute for Materials Science, Dispersive Solids of TU Darmstadt (Head: Prof. Ralf Riedel). Researchers Mr Fangtong Xie (TU Darmstadt), Dr Kai Zheng (FAU Institute of Biomaterials), Ms Marcela Arango Ospina (FAU Institute of Biomaterials) and principal investigators Dr. Emanuel Ionescu (TU Darmstadt) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (FAU Institute of Biomaterials) (pictured) attended the meeting. This 3-year project is developing a new family of bioactive glasses containing biologically active ions. The glasses are synthesized at TU Darmstadt and they are characterized for their intrinsic bioactive behavior and cytocompatibility at the Institute of Biomaterials in Erlangen.

                DARMSTADT meeting


              • Doctoral thesis success: Harald Unterweger
                On 22th December 2017 Harald Unterweger successfully defended his doctoral thesis in the field of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) for magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic drug delivery applications, which was carried out under the supervision of Professor Christoph Alexiou, Section of Experimental Oncology and Nanomedicine, University Hospital Erlangen and co-supervised by Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini. Several high impact publications have resulted from the doctoral thesis project of Harald Unterweger, some of them are listed below [1-3]. Harald had carried out both his Bachelor and Master Theses in Nanotechnology in our Institute. We congratulate Harald Unterweger on achieving his doctoral degree and wish him all the best in his future career.

                [1] Unterweger, H., et al., Development and characterization of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with a cisplatin-bearing polymer coating for targeted drug delivery, International Journal of Nanomedicine 9 (2014) 3659–3676.

                [2] Unterweger, H., et al., Hypericin-bearing magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for selective drug delivery in photodynamic therapy, Int. J. Nanomedicine 10 (2015) 6985-6996.

                [3] Unterweger, H., et al., Non-immunogenic dextran-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles: a biocompatible, size-tunable contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging, Int. J. Nanomed. 12 (2017) 5223–5238.



              • Visit from USA: Prof. M. N. V. Ravi Kumar at the Institute of Biomaterials
                Prof. M. N. V. Ravi Kumar, Drug Delivery Lab, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, Texas, USA, visited the Institute of Biomaterials on 11th Jan. 2018. He delivered the special seminar: "It's all about delivery". We plan collaboration with Prof. M. N. V. Ravi Kumar in the field of novel composite materials for controlled delivery applications.



              • Prof. Boccaccini visited Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen
                Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini visited the Department of Biomaterials, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Hosts were Dr. Sander Leeuwenburgh and Prof. John Jansen. The main aim of the visit was participating at the oral defense of the PhD thesis of Mr Mani Diba (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini), Mani is a graduate from the Master program MAP at FAU and collaborator of our Institute. He successfully defended his PhD thesis carried out at Radboud University Medical Center under supervision of Dr. Sander Leeuwenburgh and Prof. John Jansen in the field of composite biomaterials with self-healing properties. Our collaboration with Dr. Diba and the group of Dr Sander Leeuwenburgh (pictured) has led to high impact joint publications [1, 2]. During his visit, Prof. Boccaccini also gave a seminar at the Department of Biomaterials, Radboud UMC, entitled: "Bioactive glasses with biologically active ion delivery: development and applications".

                [1] Diba, M., et al., Exploiting Bisphosphonate-Bioactive Glass Interactions for the Development of Self-Healing and Bioactive Composite Hydrogels, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 37 (2016) 1952-1959

                [2] Diba, M., et al., Composite Colloidal Gels Made of Bisphosphonate‐Functionalized Gelatin and Bioactive Glass Particles for Regeneration of Osteoporotic Bone Defects, Adv. Funct. Mater. 27 (45) (2017) 1703438.






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