AMLCI Materials Day 2022 - Biological and Biomimetic Materials




Brain Health Research Institute logo with a graphic of a brain


Where & When

Materials Day will take place in the lower level -- in room 069 -- of the Integrated Science Building on Kent State University's Kent Campus. The street address is 1175 Lefton Esplanade, Kent, Ohio.

Parking locations near the building are noted below with red markers. Please use the Summit Street entrance indicated by the yellow arrow on the map below to enter the building.

April 22, 2022 - Friday

5: 45pm - Opening Remarks

6:00 pm - Key Note Speaker: David L KaplanProfessor, Chair - Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University

7:00 pm - Refreshments

7:10 pm - TED talks from three Fellowship Awardees

Glenn H. Brown Fellowship: For outstanding graduate students who are engaged in research on biological or biology related topics of liquid crystals.

Alfred Saupe Fellowship: For outstanding graduate students working on physics or material sciences of liquid crystals.

James Fergason Fellowship: For outstanding graduate students working on applied research using liquid crystals.


April 23, 2022 - Saturday

9:00 am - Invited Speakers

5:00 pm - Poster Session



The theme of the 2022 AMLCI Materials Day “Biological and Biomimetic Materials” recognizes the societal need for materials, methods, and devices that use nature as a renewable source as well as an endless source of inspiration. April 22nd — day one of our symposium — is Earth Day 2022, and thus an opportune moment to continue learn more and continue explore how to reformulate materials by responsibly using nature as a renewable source that challenges conventional materials engineering. Biological and biomimetic materials serve already as sophisticated alternatives for cell scaffolds as well as for device and biomaterials engineering. Silk, as one such example, highlighted by our keynote speaker, Dr. David Kaplan, is considered the “original liquid crystal polymer” (Lydon, Liq. Cryst. Today 2004, 13, 1-13), and an extraordinary powerful example of how biology can merge with materials science.

Materials Day 2022 is co-hosted by the AMLCI and the Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI) at KSU and will focus particularly on select classes of advanced biological and biomimetic materials that are designed to have a direct and beneficial impact on our health, our continued quest for reducing ur carbon footprint, and our general understanding of nature’s design concepts. In addition to these more applied aspects, Materials Day 2022 will also feature fundamental research on how certain types of biological and biomimetic materials interact with or affect their environment in new and unusual ways; interact with or template other biological entities, or respond to external stimuli etc., which will form the basis for future bio- and device engineering applications.



“Silk Material Systems – Versatile Natural Proteins”

Stern Family Endowed Professor of Engineering
Tufts University

David Kaplan

April 22, 2022

David Kaplan is the Stern Family Endowed Professor of Engineering at Tufts University, a Distinguished University Professor, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research focus is on biopolymer engineering, tissue engineering,
regenerative medicine and cellular agriculture. He has published over 1,000 peer reviewed papers, is editor-in-chief of ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering and he serves on many editorial boards and programs for journals and universities. He has received awards for his research and teaching and is an elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the National Academy of Engineering.



Registration for Materials day has closed.

Poster Session

Materials Day will have a poster session in-person  for anyone who is registered to come and ask questions. Abstracts based on this template can be uploaded at the link below

Poster Submission for Materials day has closed.




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