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Manchester: 2D Materials and Interfaces

Lectures on Physics of Graphene, Lipids and Proteins

Dates: 9-10 April 2015

Location: School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Registration Program


The lectures will be delivered by several invited experts as well as PIs in the training network. The courses will teach basic science and discuss recent advances in 2D materials research exploring their unique properties and opportunities for biotechnological applications.

Honorary lectures of Nobel Prize in Physics 2010

Konstantin NovoselovPhysics Nobel laureate Konstantin Novoselov, Director of National Graphene Institute, will give honorary lectures on graphene and 2D materials.


  • Oriented on PhD students and postdocs
  • No registration fee

Given the various capacities we will limit the number of participants to 100.

The courses will teach basic science and discuss recent advances in 2D materials research exploring their unique properties and opportunities for biotechnological applications. The lecture series will also provide a forum for networking and potential collaboration. It also provides a fantastic venue for the graduate students and young researchers to grasp basic techniques and state-of-the-art science.

We welcome other participants who would embrace the same mindset and have similar scientific backgrounds as outlined above.

bacteria on the surfaceScope and mission

Recent advances in functional 2D materials, in particular, graphene and graphene composite films have laid an exciting foundation for exploiting their applications in the bio-arena, covering biodetection, biosensoring, implants and functional biomaterials for novel healing dressing and drug delivery and monitoring. Extensive global research efforts are currently being devoted to both fundamental understanding and technological development aiming at exploiting the unique advantages of these 2D materials. Graphene and carbon nanotube hybrid films and interfaces combine electrical, physical and mechanical properties with favorable options for biological applications.

Harnessing the benefits from these 2D materials to bio-applications requires the collaborative integration of expertise of scientists, engineers, biologists and medical professionals. As this new field is highly interdisciplinary covering academic, industrial and clinical sectors and attracting many young researchers, it is timely to organize this lecture series to provide scientific teaching on the essential sciences from graphene and related systems and also from the better established lipid and protein fields. The cross-disciplinary dialogue is expected to enhance our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that govern the response of complex macromolecular and biological systems.


9 April 2015, Bragg Lecture Theatre, Schuster Building

Opening and VIP introduction

9:00-9:20   Opening welcome

Session 1. 2D materials: physics and characterisation

9:20-10:00 Opening lecture on groundbreaking 2D research
Professor Kostya Novoselov, University of Manchester, UK

10:00-10:30 Raman spectroscopy applied to graphene layers and dispersions
Dr Cinzia Casiraghi, University of Manchester, UK

10:30-11:00 Coffee break and networking

11:00-11:40 Functional graphene sensors and devices
Professor Ian Kinloch, University of Manchester, UK

11:40-12:20 Graphene for biomedical applications: the last “Zeigeist” of nanomedicine
Dr Ania Servant, University of Manchester, UK

12:20-13:00 Discussion 1

13:00-14:00 Networking and buffer lunch 1

Session 2. Biointerface and functional capabilities

14:00-14:40 AFM for real-time imaging of biological membranes
Dr Bart Hoogenboom, University College London, UK

14:40-15:20 Introducing neutron reflection
Dr John Webster, ISIS Neutron Facility, UK

15:20-15:50 Coffee break and networking

15:50-16:30 Neutron reflection on lipid layers 1
Dr Giovanna Fragneto, ILL, France

16:30-17:10 Examining the Creation and Destruction of Model Gram-Negative Bacterial Outer Membranes with Neutron Reflection
Dr Luke Clifton, ISIS Neutron Facility, UK

17:10-18:00 Poster session and Reception 1

10 April 2015, Bragg Lecture Theatre, Schuster Building

Session 3. Membrane lipids, proteins and interactions

9:00-9:40 Understanding selective responses of peptide amphiphiles to different membrane surfaces
Professor Jian Lu, University of Manchester, UK

9:40-10:20 Energetics of pore formation in lipid bilayers
Dr. Vladimir Baulin, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

10:20-10:50 Coffee break and networking

10:50-11:30 Transformation of lipid bilayers under photo-induced oxidation: bummer or crackerjack?
Dr. Carlos Marques, Institut Charles Sadron, France

11:30-12:10 Polymers at surfaces and interfaces
Professor Jens-Uwe Sommer, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Dresden, Germany

12:10-13:00 Discussion 2

13:00-14:00 Networking and buffer lunch

Session 4. Perspectives from bioengineering and medical fields

14:00-14:40 Responsive biointerfaces
Dr. Rongjun Chen, Imperial College London, UK

14:40-15:20 3D printers and Laser polymerization of functional 2D and 3D structures for optical, fluidic, and bio-scaffold applications
Professor Saulius Juodkazis, Swinburne University, Australia

15:20-15:50 Coffee break and networking

15:50-16:30 Biopolymer and proteins electrokinetic characterisation in solution
Dr. Ian Tucker, Unilever Research Port Sunlight, UK

16:30-17:10 Interaction of nanoparticles with different cell types and transport across barriers – size and coating matters
Dr. Christian Freese, REPAIR Lab, Institute of Pathology, University Medical Center of the Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.

17:10-18:00 Poster session and Reception 2

Organized by

  • Jian R Lu, Manchester University, UK;
  • Vladimir Baulin, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  • Ian Tucker, Unilever Research, UK
  • Nigel Slater, University of Cambridge, UK

Local Organizing committee:

  • Jamie Fearnley, Sheila Downes, Daniela Ciumac


There is no registration fee. Course is designed for PhD students and postdocs. Master students can also apply.

Jian Lu

University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Experimental studies of biological-material interfacial processes focusing on unravelling the molecular basis of surface biocompatibility.->

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