Roccalumera: Soft Interaction in Bio-Nanostructures

From Modeling to Advanced Applications

Date: 23 July 2015

Location:  Main Palace Hotel, Roccalumera, Sicily (near Taormina) – Italy

Satellite Event of ITN-SNAL Summer School on Biomaterials, Cell Membranes and Bilayers 24 July – 2 August 2015

Registration Program

This workshop will bring together researchers working in different fields of Nanoscience and Biotechnology and is an opportunity to discuss the existing and novel approaches in Modeling, Fabrication, Instrumental Development and Application of emerging technologies in lipid research. The workshop, that anticipates the ITN-SNAL Summer School on Biomaterials, Cell Membranes and Bilayers, will provide an excellent opportunity for networking, sharing of ideas and ptoentially interaction with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Broad and active participation of experts, postdoctoral fellows and students is encouraged.

The multidisciplinary character of the meeting will highlight recent advances in this rapidly evolving area of research with a goal of stimulating new ideas toward Nanoscience and Drug Discovery.


Areas to be covered include, but are not limited to,

  • Self assembly in Nanoscience and Biotechnology
  • Modeling Interaction in Nanostructures and Biomaterials
  • Nano-Fabrication and Advanced Characterization Techniques 
  • Multifunctional Nanocarriers and Drug Delivery Applications
  • Smart Approaches in Biotechnology and Medicine


08:50 – 09:00 Opening
Section 1 Smart Approaches in Nanoscience and Biotechnology
09:00 – 09:20 Elena Ivanova

Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia

Design of Antimicrobial Surfaces
90:20 – 09:40 Antonino Mazzaglia

Consiglio Nazionale Ricerche, Palermo, Italy

Multifunctional Nanosystems based on Cyclodextrins: Design, Self/hetero Assembly and Biomedical Applications
90:40 – 10:00 Pietro Gucciardi

CNR – Ist. Processi Chimico-Fisici, Messina, IT

Bio and Nano-Sensors with Plasmonic Nanoantennas
10:00 – 10:20 Sebastiano Campagna

Messina University, Messina – Italy

10:20 – 11:20 Coffe Break – Poster Session
Section 2 Theoretical and Computer Simulation Modeling Strategies
11:20 – 11:40 Vladimir Baulin

Universitat Rovira i Virgili,Tarragona, Spain

Membrane Activity of Biomolecules due to Shape and Size Variation
11:40 – 12:00 Gianmarco Munaò

Messina University, Messina – Italy

Modelling self-assembly of patchy and Janus colloids into micelles, tubes and bilayers
12:00 – 12:20 David Mainwaring

Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia

H-bonding and Microstructuring through Chain Dynamics
12:20 – 12:40 Giuseppe Cassone

Sorbonne Université, Paris – France

Methanol-based Nanostructures Modeled via an Ab-Initio Approach
12:40 – 14:40 Lunch Break
Section 3 From Self-Assemby to Drug Delivery Applications
14:40 – 15:00 Pietro Calandra

Consiglio Nazionale Ricerche, Rome, Italy

Self-Organized Nanostructures in Amphiphilic Systems: Emerging Properties and Applications
15:00 – 15:20 Luigi Pasqua

University of Calabria, Rende – Italy

Smart Mesoporous Silica-based Devices for Drug Targeting
15:20 – 15:40 Davide Barreca

Messina University, Messina – Italy

Biotechnology and Therapeutic Approaches of Protein-based Drug Delivery System
15:40 – 16:00 Martin Stefanic

Biopharma BTL Ltd – UK

Cell Biopreservation
16:00 – 17:00 Coffe Break – Poster Session
Section 4 Soft Interacting Bio-Nanostructures and Characterization Techniques
17:00 – 17:20 Dino Costa

Messina University, Messina – Italy

Effective interactions in lysozyme aqueous solutions: A SANS and molecular dynamics study
17:20 – 17:40 Salvatore Magazù

Messina University, Messina – Italy

EINS and RENS Approach for Nanoscale Systems
17:40 – 18:00 Zahra Akbari

University of Tehran – Iran

Micronization of Lipid with RESS Process to increase Lipid Solubility
18:00 – 18:20 Ulderico Wanderlingh

Messina University, Messina – Italy

Membrane Dynamics as measured by Quasielastic Neutron Scattering
18:20 – 18:40 Mikhail A. Kiselev

Joint Inst. Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia

Morphological Transformations in the Temperature Sensitive Mixed Phospholipid-Detergent Systems. A SANS study.
20:00 – 21:50 Dinner

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There is no registration fee, although accomodation and meals are not included.

To register, please fill the form.

Domenico Lombardo

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