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Rome: SNAL workshop within 3rd World Congress on New Technologies (NewTech’17)


7 June 2017 from 12:10 to 17:30. The general topic of the meeting is the interactions of lipid membranes with nano-objects including functional biomimetic polymers, polymeric micelles, carbon nanotubes and polymer therapeutic complexes/conjugates to enable the intelligent design of novel materials with improved bilayer modifying properties.

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3rd World Congress on New Technologies (NewTech’17)

Given the large differences in background between experimental and theoretical/computational ESRs, training courses will aim to highlight these two areas at different levels.

Workshop topics

  • Phospholipid bilayer theory and computer modelling
  • Synthetic polymers for cross-membrane delivery
  • Supported lipid bilayers and Langmuir monolayers
  • Bioinspired Polymers, Bioengineering and Biotechnology
  • Lipid vesicles
  • Phase separated bilayer domains
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Nanotoxicology
  • Biostabilisation and cell preservation
  • Regenerative medicine


12.10 – 13.10 Lunch
13.10 – 13.20 Opening
13.20 – 13.35 Martin Stefanic – Jožef Stefan Institute, Lublijana, Slovenia

Nanocrystalline apatites as promising system for solvent-free cryopreservation of Red Blood Cells

13.35 – 13.50 André Dias – Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain

Red Blood Cells’ shape transitions induced by nanoparticles

13.50 – 14.05 Berardo Mario Manzi – Global Orthopedics, Australia

Molecular dynamics simulations of continuum scale model membranes interacting with antimicrobial surfaces and nanoparticles

14.05 -14.20 Daniela Ciumac – University of Manchester, UK

Structural insight into the mechanistic process of permeabilization into model membranes by an antimicrobial peptide

14.20 – 14.35 Marco Werner – Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain

Nanostructure self-assembly on lipid monolayers

14.35 – 14.50 Mattia Morandi – Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France

Incorporation of polystyrene within lipid membrane disrupts bilayer’s main phase transition

14.50 – 15.05 Adrien Berthault – Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain

Interaction between lipid membrane and polymer structures

15.05 – 15.20 Monika Kluzek – Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France

Lytic properties of a pH-sensitive polymer in several lipid structures

15.30 -15.50 Coffee
15.50 – 16.05 Ankush Checkervarty – Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden

Pore formation induced by amphiphilic polymers

16.05 – 16.20 Shiqi Wang – Imperial College London, UK

Synthesis and Characterisation of Smart Biomimetic Polymeric Materials for Drug Delivery

16.20 – 16.35 Andre Shroeder – Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France

Structural and physical properties of hydroperoxidized membranes

16.35 – 16.50 Anna Sofia Tascini – Imperial College London, UK

How wettable is the skin surface?

16.50 – 17.05 Domenico Lombardo – Istituto per i Processi Chimico Fisici, Messina, Italy


17.05 – 17.20 Chanfei Su – Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden

Nanoparticles of various degrees of hydrophobicity interacting with lipid membranes

17.20 – 17.35 Alexander Chen – Cambridge University, UK

The Engineering and Applications of Biocompatible Polymers for Intracellular Delivery

17:35 Closing


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Vladimir Baulin

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