Nanolithography of Biointerfaces Faraday Discussion

3 - 5 July 2019, London, United Kingdom


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Introduction

Welcome

Join us in London, UK in July 2019 for this addition to our Faraday Discussion series. For over 100 years and 300 meetings, Faraday Discussions have been the forefront of physical chemistry. Many of these Discussions have become landmark meetings in their field.
 
We invite you to join us to discuss the topic of Nanolithography of Biointerfaces and make your contribution to this cutting-edge dialogue alongside leaders in this field.
 
This meeting is for established scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers interested in Nanolithography of Biointerfaces. Given the recent developments in the field, the unique format of the Faraday Discussions will allow for in-depth discussions and opportunities to establish new collaborations.
 
On behalf of our committee, we look forward to welcoming you to London.

Adam Braunschweig
Chair

Attendance

The RSC is keen to encourage and enable as many people as possible to attend our events, to benefit from the networking opportunities and the chance to hear talks from leaders in the field. If you have childcare or other caring responsibilities, and would like to attend this event, please do get in touch with us to see if there’s anything we can do to help enable you to attend.

Format

Faraday Discussions remain amongst the only conferences to distribute the speakers’ research papers in advance, allowing the majority of each meeting to be devoted to discussion in which all delegates can participate.  Following each meeting a written record of the discussion is published alongside the papers in the Faraday Discussions journal.

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Themes

  • Multidimensional Micro- and Nano-printing Technologies
Biological interfaces are complex, three dimensional, and span several orders of magnitude in critical dimensions. Studying them, therefore, requires new tools that operate at the nano- and micro-scale, and that are non-destructive towards the delicate organic and biological materials that dominate biointerfaces. The particular challenges in this field are that the instrumentation capable of creating objects with nanoscale dimensions require high-energy inputs and are therefore incompatible with the soft materials that comprise cellular interfaces. Researchers seeking to understand and reconstruct biological interfaces overcome this limitation with new soft-matter compatible nanofabrication tools. This session will focus on developments in nanoprinting and nanofabrication technologies that are used to immobilize delicate organic and biologically active molecules and interrogate their physical properties (e.g., the interaction of proteins with surfaces and the impacts on electronic structure, printing techniques to express biological mimics at surfaces and nano/micro objects that interact with and are taken up by living cells).
  • Preparation of Multivalent Glycan Micro- and Nano-Arrays
Recreating the binding thermodynamics that are prevalent on biointerfaces requires scaffolds that capture multivalent and cooperative ligand presentation. The complexity of carbohydrate synthesis and their difficult isolation from natural sources precludes their facile deployment in glycan micro- and nano-arrays. To this end, different schools of thought are emerging on how to capture this presentation. Speakers in this session represent two increasingly popular approaches where either multivalent biological scaffolds are used as anchors for native glycans or where glycomimetic polymers are printed or grown from surfaces. This session will focus on how the different approaches alter the binding and mechanical properties of the resulting substrates.
  • Glycan Interactions on Glycocalyx Mimetic Surfaces
Binding at biological interfaces, which is dominated by carbohydrate recognition, is controlled by weak interactions, where multivalency and cooperativity have an outsized role in determining selectivity and specificity. New physical models and data are needed to understand how these binding modes drive hierarchical biological processes, but these efforts are limited by the dearth of materials that model the chemical composition and structural complexity of the layers of glycans coating eukaryotic cells. Speakers in this session will come from groups who are studying glycan-substrate recognition on biomimetic surfaces using a variety of spectroscopic probes and showing how these data can lead to new thermodynamic models that can explain exotic biological behaviour.
  • New Directions in Surface Functionalization and Characterization
Surfaces – such as glass, metal, nitrocellulose, polymeric, or other reactive substrates – modified with organic compounds have, for decades, been used to control macroscopic interfacial properties (e.g., wetting, anti-fouling, etc.) but advances in synthesis, physical-organic chemistry and spectroscopy of soft-matter functionalized surfaces enable the tailoring of surface interactions at the molecular scale that affect interactions with biological molecules either directly (naked biopolymers) or via expression at a cell membrane. Specifically, when these substrates are functionalized with patterns of organic and biologically-active molecules, the physical properties and biological responses can be manipulated. As such, the ability to understand and recreate biological interfaces is advanced directly by new chemistries for immobilizing soft-matter onto surfaces. This session will focus on new developments in the functionalization of surfaces that takes place at the nexus of physical, organic, and biochemistry for the purpose of understanding and controlling the properties of biological molecules at interfaces from specific, molecular interactions to complex biological functions such as cell differentiation and morphology. Speakers in this session will present efforts to use new biocompatible chemistries to functionalize surfaces, with an emphasis on the quantitative investigation of reaction kinetics and mechanisms at interfaces.
Speakers
Abstract Submission

EXTENDED ORAL DEADLINE 12 NOVEMBER


Oral Abstracts and Research Papers

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. Submit an oral/paper abstract by 12 November 2018 if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation and associated published paper. The oral/paper abstract should outline current research in progress. Authors of the selected abstracts must then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 11 February 2019.

The research papers are reviewed upon submission and are sent to all delegates 4 weeks before the meeting so they can be read in advance. At the meeting the presenting author is allowed five minutes to highlight the main points of their paper, and the rest of the time is for discussion. The discussion is recorded and will be published alongside the research paper in the Faraday Discussion Volume.  

Poster Abstracts 

Submit your poster abstract by 22 April 2019. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and a poster session is held on the first evening. The Faraday Division Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference.

Additional Information

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 6 weeks of the submission deadline. The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author and indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. 
Registration
Please read the registration information before registering.
You can register by clicking on the online registration link on this page.
Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the sessions 
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Afternoon tea on the first day and lunch on the other days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on 3rd July 2019
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on 4th July 2019
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of Faraday Discussion Volume containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 6 months after the meeting)**

Registration fees are as follows:
 
Early bird (by 20 May 2019) Standard (by 3 June 2019)
Member* £355 £410
Non-Member*** £460 £515
Student Member* £170 £225
Student Non-Member £195 £250
Guest rate**** £110 £110

Registration fees are VAT exempt.

  * If you are an Royal Society of Chemistry member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page. You will need to enter your membership number.

  **Excluding students, who can order the volume at a reduced price at the conference. 

 ***For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2019, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event. 

****There will be a charge of £110 which will include all lunches, refreshments and the conference dinner but does not include attendance at any scientific sessions.

Student Delegates

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee (to include a set of pre-prints but not the final Discussion Volume) is available. This fee applies to those undertaking a full time course for a recognised degree or a diploma at a university or equivalent institution.

 A copy of the publication may be purchased at less than half price, only for orders placed at the meeting where an application form will be made available.  

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner on 4 July 2019 and is included in the registration fee.
 
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Bursaries
We have two types of grants available to attend this meeting:
  • A limited number of non-competitive travel grants of up to £200 are available for PhD students and early career scientists. These are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Applicants must be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application.
  • Competitive grants of up to £800 are available to assist with international travel expenses for PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists (including technicians and industrialists) within 10 years of leaving full time education. In addition, applicants must be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application. 
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