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The 1st International Online Conference on Functional Biomaterials

10–12 Jul 2024
Event's Timezone: Central European Summer Time
Abstract Submission Deadline
10th April 2024
Abstract Acceptance Notification
10th May 2024

Registration Deadline
4th July 2024

Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Drug Delivery, Cancer Therapy, Bone Materials, Dental Materials, Biodegrable Materials
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Important Announcement:

The abstract acceptance notification has been delayed as some abstracts are still waiting for session chairs' final approval.
Acceptance results (whether accepted or rejected) will be notified by email as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience in waiting.

Registration Deadline: 4th July 2024
Join us today to register HERE FOR FREE and be part of cutting-edge discussions and networking opportunities!

Welcome from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce the 1st International Online Conference on Functional Biomaterials (IOCFB2024). The conference is organized by the MDPI open access Journal of Functional Biomaterials (ISSN 2079-4983, Impact Factor 4.8) and will be held online from 10 to 12 July 2024.

The conference will provide an opportunity for scientists in the field to present their latest research and to participate in discussions about implantable biomaterials development more widely. The main themes of the conference are:
  1. Dental Biomaterials;
  2. Bone Biomaterials;
  3. Antibacterial Biomaterials;
  4. Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering;
  5. Biomaterials for Drug Delivery;
  6. Biomaterials for Diagnostics, Therapy and Healthcare;
  7. Bio-fabricated and 3D Printed Biomaterials.
The conference will provide new opportunities for biomaterials researchers to exchange ideas and to expand scientific horizons of the field. The conference will be organised to make it easier for researchers from disparate backgrounds to come together and to share their specialist perspectives in new ways, augmenting the trans-disciplinarity of the field. With a greater sharing of new strategies to overcome bottlenecks and the highlighting of nascent approaches, new routes for the creation of clinical biomaterials will be promoted. Ultimately, it is the free sharing of ideas that will secure a global-scale effort for the field, thereby underpinning its growing role as a key modality for medical interventions.

With an open forum concept, the conference will be a platform for both technically conventional and unconventional approaches. At the organisational level, its virtual nature will promote interactions free of geographic and travel constraints and so place delegates in the same interactive ‘space’ with the possible creation of new research community linkages and, with this, new scientific directions for the future.

During the conference, there will be two types of live broadcasts: oral presentations and poster presentations. Through the Zoom platform, participants have the opportunity to engage in interactive sessions, freely share comments and engage in discussions with fellow researchers. Arguably, a virtual conference is also less physically demanding, allowing full focus on the material presented throughout the conference period without the risk of low audience engagement, as can happen sometimes at the start and end of in-person conferences when delagates may be constrained by travel arrangements.

All accepted abstracts will be available online in open access form on during and after the conference.

Kind regards,
Prof. Dr. Pankaj Vadgama, MB BS, PhD, FRCPath, FRSC, FInstP, FIMMM, FRSB
School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

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Event Chair

School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Prof. Dr. Pankaj Vadgama is an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Biochemistry at Queen Mary University of London. He is a chemical pathologist with an interest in near-patient monitoring via the use of electrochemical biosensors, particularly for diabetes and critical care. His work emphasizes polymeric barrier materials for enhanced device biocompatibility and selectivity. He has published over 200 papers and reviews. He graduated in medicine and chemistry, and he commenced his research as an MRC Training Fellow in Newcastle. He was the Head of the Departments of Medicine and Clinical Biochemistry at Manchester University, and, latterly, was the Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials, Queen Mary University of London.

Session Chairs

Prof. Dr. Gianrico Spagnuolo

Department of Neuroscience, Reproductive Sciences and Dentistry, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy

oral medicine; dental materials; operative dentistry; oral health

Dr. Lidy Fratila-Apachitei

BioMechanical Engineering Department, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

biomaterials; regenerative medicine; topography-induced cellular responses; surface biofunctionalization of 3D printed implants; cell mechanobiology

Prof. Dr. Li Ren

School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China

biomaterials; biomedical polymer materials; tissue regeneration; surface functinalization of biomaterials; interface adaptation of biomaterials

Prof. Dr. John H.T. Luong

Chromatography Group, Irish Separation Science Cluster (ISSC), School of Chemistry, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

biosensors; immunoassays; functional biomaterials; nanocomposites; nanopolymers

Prof. Dr. Alexander K. Andrianov

Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, University of Maryland, Rockville, MD, USA

stimuli-responsive synthetic macromolecules; nanoparticulate drug delivery systems; water-soluble biodegradable polymers; supramolecular self-assembly; polymer-protein interactions; immunoadjuvants and vaccine delivery systems; biofunctionalized coatings; non-covalent PEGylation; biocompatible polyphosphazenes

Dr. Serena Danti

Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

electrospinning; biomaterials; biomedical polymers; piezoelectric materials; smart materials; tissue engineering; advanced in vitro models

Dr. Ian Teasdale

Institute of Polymer Chemistry, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Linz, Austria

olymer chemistry; degradable polymers; photopolymer 3D printing; polymer therapeutics; phosphorus-containing polymers; biomaterials

Dr. Zhidao Xia

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science, Swansea University Medical School, Swansea University, Swansea, UK

regenerative medicine; biomaterials; cell bank and stem cell technology; 3D printing/biofabrication

Prof. Dr. James Triffitt

Botnar Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, UK

bone metabolism; stem cells

Event Committee

Department of Engineering, School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG11 8NS, UK

Research Keywords
mechanics of biomaterials; smart materials and structures; meta-materials; soft matters; regenerative medicine; 3D and 4D printing technologies

Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore, 9 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119085, Singapore

Research Keywords
dental materials; biomaterials; biofabrication; 3D printing; tissue engineering; drug delivery; electrospinning; in vivo models; regenerative dentistry

Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”, Politecnico di Milano, Via Mancinelli 7, 20131 Milan, Italy

Research Keywords
colloids; drug delivery; nanogels; tissue engineering; transport phenomena

Institute of Frontier and Interdisciplinary Science, Shandong University, Qingdao, China

Research Keywords
rare earth; luminescence materials; nanomedicine; immunotheray; tumor therapy

Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Life Sciences, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China

Research Keywords
drug delivery system; nanotechnology; nanosensors

Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal, CDP2T, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Setúbal, Portugal,
Centro de Química Estrutural, IST, ULisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Research Keywords
coatings and oxide films; nanoparticles; multifunctional nanoplatforms

Department of Chemistry, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA

Research Keywords
biofunctional materials; nanomaterials; biomedicine; molecular drug delivery; cancer therapy; biomedical diagnostics; biomimetics

College of Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China

Research Keywords
biomaterials; drug delivery; nanomedicine; biodiagnosis; bioimaging

Nanodiagnostics, San Vito, Modena, Italy

Research Keywords
nanopathology; nanotoxicology; nanodiagnostics; biomaterials and nanoparticles; functionalized and biomimetic surfaces

State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050, China

Research Keywords
biomaterials; tissue engineering; dental/orthopedic implants; surface modification; antibacterial surfaces; molecular biology; materiobiology

Institute of Nano Biomedicine and Engineering, School of Sensing Science and Engineering, School of Electronic Information and Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Research Keywords
inorganic materials; biomimetic materials; antibacterial nanomaterials; implant-associated infections; nano drug delivery

State Key Laboratory of Precision Manufacturing for Extreme Service Performance, College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, China

Research Keywords
additive manufacturing; laser powder bed fusion; biomaterials; implants; biofabrication

Faculty of Engineering and Science, School of Science, University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TB, UK

Research Keywords
3D printing technologies for pharmaceutical dosage forms or novel medical devices (microneedles, bioresorbable scaffolds); continuous manufacturing processes for the development of medicinal products; nanomaterial synthesis and surface modification

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Impresa “Mario Lucertini”, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” and Consorzio INSTM Unità di Ricerca “Roma Tor Vergata”, Via del Politecnico, 00133 Roma, Italy

Research Keywords
nanocomposites; biopolymers; calcium phosphates; bioglass; graphene

Department of Health Sciences and Pediatric Dentistry, University State of Campinas, Piracicaba, Brazil

Research Keywords
tooth tissue as substrate for dental materials adhesion (enamel and dentin); preventive and restorative dental materials; dentin permeability; chemical, mechanical and biological degradation of dental materials; tooth substrate and tooth/material interfac

Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO), Chinese Academy of Science, Suzhou, China

Research Keywords
tissue construction and regeneration; biomaterials; bioengineering

RDEC Academy, Rimini, Italy

Research Keywords
dentistry; implantology; prosthodontics; bone volume augmentation

Shanghai Key Laboratory of Craniomaxillofacial Development and Diseases, Stomatological Hospital and School of Stomatology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Research Keywords
bio-inspired materials; biomineralization; bone regeneration; bioprinting; tissue engineering; dental materials

Department of Science, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy

Research Keywords
rug delivery systems; cosmetic products; cosmetic formulations; nanomaterials and nanotechnologies; natural products; herbal medicine; antioxidant and radical scavenging; analytical chemistry; chromatography-mass spectrometry; bioactive compounds and natu

Division of Oral Biology, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine & Health, Wellcome Trust Brenner Building, St. James’s University Hospital Leeds, UK

Research Keywords
stem cell therapy; tissue engineering; multi-layer cell sheet technology; biomaterial scaffold; surface modification; biomimetics; cell-materials interaction; biological testing; in vivo models; gene therapy

Department of Apparel Engineering and Textile Processing, Berlin University of Applied Sciences-HTW Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Research Keywords
carbon nanomaterials; Mycelium Pleurotus ostreatus polymer nanomaterials; pattern design; smart textiles

Department of Translational Biomedicine and Neuroscience (DiBraiN), University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Bari, Italy,
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK,
Founding Member of MIRROR—Medical Institute for Regeneration and Repairing and Organ Replacement, Interdepartmental Center, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Bari, Italy

Research Keywords
regenerative medicine; regenerative dentistry; stem cells; MSCs; biomaterials; growth factors; PRF; PRP; tissue engineering; biomimetics

Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Research Keywords
fixed prosthodontics; implant dentistry; aesthetic dentistry

Key Laboratory of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative, Medicine of Zhejiang Province, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Research Keywords
sports medicine; tendon/ligament regeneration; biomaterials; tissue specific stem cells; regeneration medicine; tissue engineering; bioinformatics

Keynote Speakers

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Research Keywords
biofabrication; bioprinting; tissue engineering; mechanical engineering

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China

Research Keywords
antibacterial; biomedical materials; materioherbology

Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, and Centre for Nano Health, College of Engineering, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK

Additive Manufacturing and the Application for Functional Biomaterials

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

Reimagining 3D bioprinting to pattern hierarchical features for skeletal regeneration

Invited Speakers

Department of Biomaterials Science and Turku Clinical, Biomaterials Center—TCBC, Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku, Turku, Finland

Department of Neuroscience, Reproductive Sciences and Dentistry, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy

Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, AGH University of Krakow, Krakow, Poland

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, Italy

Research Keywords
smart materials; stimuli-responsive materials; bioprinting; tissue engineering; biomaterials

Department of Chemistry, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

Research Keywords
polymer synthesis; supramolecular materials; biomaterials; stimuli-responsive materials; drug delivery; tissue engineering; sustainability

Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Barcelona, Spain

Research Keywords
biofilms; bacterial virulence; antimicrobial resistant; drug discovery

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, USA

Research Keywords
electrochemical biosensors; materials science; regenerative medicine

College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

A bioengineered bone marrow niche model to support long-term HSCs/in vitro.


The registration for IOCFB 2024 will be free of charge! The registration includes attendance to all conference sessions.

If you are registering several people under the same registration, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual university email addresses. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note that the submission and registration are two separate parts. Only scholars who registered can receive a link to access the conference live streaming. The deadline for registration is 4th July 2024.

Instructions for Authors

Procedure for Submission

The 1st International Online Conference on Functional Biomaterials will accept abstracts only. The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the conference.

Important Deadlines

1. Deadline for abstract submission: 10 March 2024 10 April 2024.
2. Announcement of oral and poster abstract results: 10 April 2024 10 May 2024. You will be notified of the acceptance of an oral/poster presentation in a separate email.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions should be completed online by registering with and using the "New Submission" function once logged into the system. No physical template is necessary.

1. The structure abstract should include the introduction, methods, results, and conclusions sections of about 200–300 words in length.
2. All abstracts should be submitted and presented in clear, publication-ready English with accurate grammar and spelling.
3. You may submit multiple abstracts. However, only one abstract will be selected for oral presentation.

Detailed Requirements:
1. The submitting author must ensure that all co-authors are aware of the contents of the abstract.
2. Please select only one presenter for each submission. If you would like to change the presenter after submission, please email us accordingly.

We only accept live presentations.

Oral Presentation and Slides Submission
The slot for the oral presentation is 15 mins. We advise that your presentation lasts for a maximum of 12 mins, leaving at least 3 mins for the Q&A session.
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software.
Poster Presentation
a. Your submission should include the title, authors, contact details, and main research findings, as well as tables, figures, and graphs where necessary.
b. File format: PDF (.pdf).
c. Size in cm: 60 width x 80 height–portrait orientation.
d. Font size: ≥20.
e. Maximum size: 250 M

Examples of successful submissions can be viewed here at the following links: (1), (2), (3)
You can use our free template to create your poster. The poster template can be downloaded here.

The Poster Sessions will take place in Zoom break-out rooms. The rooms will be called after your surname. You will automatically be assigned to your break-out room, however, you will be responsible for your own room, i.e. sharing your screen by yourself, handling the comments in the chat if there are any, etc. People will then be able to visit your room and discuss your poster with you. Please make sure you have the Zoom Desktop client or mobile app, version 5.3.0 or higher.

We will reach out to you closer to the dates of the conference with more information.
Publication Opportunities
1. Publications in Journal of Functional Biomaterials
Participants in this conference are cordially invited to contribute a full manuscript to the conference's Special Issue, published in Journal of Functional Biomaterials ( ISSN: 2079-4983, Impact Factor 4.8), with a 20% discount on the publication fee. Details of the special issue will be announced here later. Please note that no other discounts are applicable. All submitted papers will undergo MDPI’s standard peer-review procedure. The abstracts should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper.

2. Proceeding Paper Publication
All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference report of IOCFB 2024 in Materials Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2673-4605) ; if you wish to publish an extended proceeding paper (4-8 pages), please submit it to the same journal after the conference.
Authors are asked to disclose that it is a proceeding paper of the IOCFB2024 conference paper in their cover letter.
Proceedings submission deadline: 26 August 2024
Carefully read the rules outlined in the 'Instructions for Authors' on the journal’s website and ensure that your submission adheres to these guidelines.

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must be formatted as follows:
  • Title.
  • Full author names.
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses.
  • Abstract.
  • Keywords.
  • Introduction.
  • Methods.
  • Results and Discussion.
  • Conclusions.
  • Acknowledgements.
  • References.
Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state "The authors declare no conflicts of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Any financial support for the study must be fully disclosed in the "Acknowledgments" section.


MDPI, the publisher of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting an abstract to this conference, you retain the copyright to the work, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this abstract online on the platform. This means you can easily submit your full paper (with the abstract) to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher if required.

Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference's esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to announce that the conference will provide 6 awards including Best Oral Presentation Award and Best Poster Award.
There will be six winners selected for this award. The winner will receive a certificate and 200 CHF each.

The Awards
Best Oral Presentation Award

Number of Awards Available: 3

The Best Oral Presentation Award is given to the paper judged to make the most significant oral contribution to the conference.

Best Poster Award

Number of Awards Available: 3

The Best Poster Award is given to the submission judged to make the most significant and interesting poster for the conference.

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