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Biomaterials and soft materials


Cellulose electronics and photonics: a new challenge for materials a new opportunity for devices III

This symposium aims to join the research community working in multifunctional cellulose-based materials posing an innovative vision for new concepts, fundamental understanding, and applications. This includes topics from fibre preparation/functionalization and multi-scale modelling to new devices and processing techniques.


Concerns about sustainability have attracted a great interest in renewable materials from nature as emerging solutions to a range of technological challenges. In particular, cellulose-based materials are not only biocompatible and earth-abundant but also have nature-provided intrinsic structures for potentially transformative impact on new recyclable electronic and photonic devices like paper displays, smart labels, smart packaging, bio-and medical applications, point-of-care (PoC) devices, RFID tags, disposable sensors and actuators, energy harvesting devices, among others.

To enable all these possible applications, some challenges in fundamental research and understanding must be surpassed, which include giving new functionalities to cellulose and structures with tailored properties, novel devices with both proper functionality and mechanical flexibility, cost effectiveness, scalable and reliable manufacturing techniques, and system-level integration.

This symposium aims to gather the research community working with cellulose-based materials and cover recent developments in topics that include: micro/nano fibers functionalization and assembling, new cellulose-based substrates (nanocellulose, bacterial cellulose, etc), nanocomposites with other functional materials (conductors, semiconductor, insulators, piezoelectric/triboelectric, ion-permeable), multi-functional devices and actuators, bio-mimetic/nature-inspired structures, and cost-effective manufacturing technologies on large area (printing and roll-to-roll processes).

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Cellulose and other related biomaterials such as lignin.
  • Nanocellulose-based functional structures and self/hierarchical assembly
  • Mechanical/thermal/barrier properties and multi-scale modeling
  • Micro/nanofluidics and biosensors on cellulose and related biomaterials
  • Electronic devices such as flexible electronics,
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Plasmonics and nanophotonics,
  • Energy harverting applications such as solar cells, batteries, supercapacitors and piezo/triboelectrics
  • Other emerging applications such as smart materials, membranes and others

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • George Whitesides, Harvard University, USA “tbd
  • Babak Ziaie, Purdue University, USA “Laser-patterning and paper-based MEMS
  • Sameer Sonkusale, Tufts University, USA “Paper and thread-based diagnostics
  • Liangbing Hu, Maryland University, USA, “Printed flexible energy devices
  • Wadood Hamad, University of British Columbia, Canada, “Cellulose Nanocrystals: Towards New Transformations in Functional Polymers and Optoelectronic Materials
  • Orlando Rojas, Aalto University, Finland “Nanocellulose Cryogels for electrochemical devices
  • Andrew Steckl, University of Cincinnati, USA “POC diagnostics on paper
  • Elvira Fortunato, NOVA University, Portugal “tbd”
  • Aline Rougier, ICMCB, France “Electrochromic devices on paper”
  • Mats Sandberg, RISE, Sweden, “Celulose-oxide nanoparticles composites
  • Silvia Vignolini, University of Cambridge, UK, “New horizons for cellulose nanophotonics
  • Subir Biswas, Kyoto University, Japan, “Cellulosic-Nanorod-Reinforced Transparent Substrates
  • Jie Qi, University of Tokyo, Japan "Sketching in Circuits: Designing and Building Electronics on Paper"
  • Sang-Young Lee, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea "Handwritnig Batteries"
  • Pooi See Lee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore “Graphene Patterning on Woods and Leaves for Green Electronics
  • Zhe‐Sheng Feng, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China “Flexible Metal Antennas on PaperBased Substrates

Tentative list of scientific committee members:

  • Rodrigo Martins (NOVA University, Portugal)
  • Guy Eymin Petot Tourtollet (Centre Technique du Papier, France)
  • Maria Smolander (VTT, Finland)
  • Massood Atashbar (Western Michigan University, USA)
  • Chuck Henry (Colorado State University, USA)
  • Ellis Meng (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Muhammad Mustafa Hussain (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)

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Symposium organizers
Aaron MAZZEODepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

98 Brett Road. Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA

+1 848 228 2498
Antonio José Felix DE CARVALHOUniversidade de São Paulo

Department of Materials Engineering, Av. João Dagnone, 1100 Jd. Sta Angelina, CEP: 13563-120, São Carlos - SP – Brasil
Ari ALASTALOVTT, Printed and hybrid functionalities, Printed sensors and electronic devices

Tietotie 3, FI-02150 Espoo, Finland
Luis PEREIRA (Main)CENIMAT/I3N / Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia / Universidade Nova de Lisboa and CEMOP/UNINOVA

Campus da Caparica, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal

Masaya NOGIOsaka University

Department of Functionalized Natural Materials ISIR, Mihogaoka 8-1, Ibaraki, Osaka, 567-0047, Japan