Aldo R. Boccaccini is Professor of Materials Science (Biomaterials) and Head of the Institute of Biomaterials at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He is a visiting professor at Imperial College London, UK. Boccaccini has an Engineering degree from Instituto Balseiro, Argentina (1987) and a Doctorate in Engineering Sciences (Dr.-Ing.) from RWTH Aachen University, Germany (1994). He had post-doctoral appointments at the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, UK (1994-1996), and at the Institute for Mechanics and Materials, University of California, San Diego, USA (1996-1997). He completed the Habilitation in Materials Technology at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany in 2001. The research activities of Prof. Boccaccini are in the field of ceramics, glasses and composites for biomedical, functional and/or structural applications with focus on bioactive glasses, scaffolds for tissue engineering, biofabrication and antibacterial coatings. He has been a visiting professor at different universities around the world and has given more than 150 presentations at international conferences (as keynote, invited and plenary speaker).
Boccaccini has published more than 1000 scientific papers and 25 book chapters. He has co-edited 8 books. His work has been cited more than 61,000 times (h-index = 107, Scopus®, h-index = 123, Google Scholar®) and he was included in the “Highly Cited Researchers” lists in 2014 and 2018 (Clarivate Analytics). He has been the editor-in-chief of the journal Materials Letters since 2010. Boccaccini is a Fellow of four major materials science/technology learning societies, namely: American Ceramic Society, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK), European Ceramic Society, and Society of Glass Technology (UK). Prof. Boccaccini has received multiple awards and honors, including the Materials Prize of the German Materials Society (2015), the Turner Award of International Commission on Glass (2016) and Friedberg Lecture Award (2016) of American Ceramic Society. Boccaccini is also an elected member of the World Academy of Ceramics, the National Academy of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Germany (acatech) and fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EurAsc). He was conferred the degree of Honorary Doctor of Philosophy at Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), Turku, Finland. He is the scientific coordinator of the Network of Argentinean Scientists in Germany. Boccaccini currently serves as vice-president of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS). He has been a member of the Council of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) since 2015. He is currently the vice-president of ESB.
RMS Foundation, Bettlach, Switzerland
Nicola Döbelin studied Earth Sciences at the University of Bern, Switzerland, from 1998 to 2002. In 2000 he spent three months in South Africa for a field work project before receiving his Master’s degree in 2002 for a thesis on the thermal stability of ion-exchanged natural zeolites studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. From 2002 to 2006 he worked on his PhD thesis on ion exchange in synthetic titanosilicate phases under supervision of Prof. Thomas Armbruster at the University of Bern. During this time, he became an expert on X-ray powder diffraction and Rietveld refinement. After receiving his PhD in 2006, Nicola started working as a senior scientist at RMS Foundation in Bettlach, Switzerland, with a focus on research, development, and characterization of bioceramics, specifically of calcium phosphate bone-graft substitutes. In 2010 he became deputy quality manager at RMS and specialized on validation of analytical methods. From 2015 to 2019 he took a part-time position as a senior lecturer at the Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern. Since 2016, Nicola leads the bioceramics team at RMS. Thanks to his many years of research on synthetic bone graft substitutes, he is now a recognized expert for the synthesis and characterization of calcium phosphate bioceramics.
Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Valeria Cannillo is Full Professor of Materials Science and Technology at the Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. She leads the Biomaterials research group of her Department.
Her scientific activity is focused on computational methods and experimental investigation for the design and optimization of innovative materials, with a special focus on bioceramics, bioactive glasses and their composites, for bone and soft tissues regeneration.
She has led several research projects and she was listed in the “World’s Top 2% Scientist” from Stanford University, USA. Currently, she is Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Materials, section Ceramics and Glass.
Professor Jiang Chang, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fellow of International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE), Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), and Fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Ph.D in 1991 in Chemistry from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Medical University of Luebeck in Germany (1991-1993); Research fellow at the School of Medicine, University of Auckland in New Zealand (1993-1997); Research Assistant Professor in the Medical School at New York University (1997-1999); Research scientist at Johnson&Johnson (1999-2000); Professor and founder of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Center of the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics. Professor Chang is the vice president of the Interdisciplinary Research Society for Bone and Joint Injectable Biomaterials. His research focuses on bioactive materials including bioceramics and composites for tissue regeneration and tissue engineering. Professor Chang has over 490 scientific papers published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals with more than 27000 citations and H-index 94, and 70 patents.
After receiving his PhD in 1996 (Mechanical properties of biomedical grade zirconia), Jérôme Chevalier first became Ceramic Engineer in Saint Gobain Group. In 1997, he joined the National Institute of Applied Sciences, in Villeurbanne and became full Professor in 2004. He is currently Director of Carnot Institute Ingenierie@Lyon, which gathers 13 laboratories and 2 technical centers (in total 1700 persons). He is Senior Editor of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society.
Jérôme Chevalier is mainly recognized for his work on ceramics for healthcare applications, especially on zirconia as a biomaterial and on the development of innovative glass-ceramics and calcium phosphate ceramics for bone substitute applications. His research interests are also related to the mechanical behavior laws of ceramics under different forms and at different scales. He has been involved in several European projects and shows a strong involvement in partnerships with European companies. He has published more than 200 papers, holds 10 patents and has been cited about 18.000 times (h=64). Jérôme Chevalier has been member of the ‘Institut Universitaire de France’ (2010-2015), awarded by the French CNRS with the prestigious ‘Innovation Medal’ (2015) and he recently received the Stuijts Award of the European Ceramic Society.
University Konstanz, Chemical Department, Konstanz, Germany
Helmut Cölfen is full professor for physical chemistry at the university of Konstanz. He has studied chemistry at the Gerhard Mercator University of Duisburg, then went as a PostDoc to the University of Nottingham and moved from there to the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces to work as a group leader in the colloid chemistry department before finally moving to Konstanz. His research interests are in the area of nucleation, classical and non-classical crystallization, Biomineralization, synthesis of functional polymers, directed self assembly of nanoparticles and fractionating methods of polymer and nanoparticle analysis. His group has made contributions in high resolution particle size analysis with Angström resolution in solution, Mesocrystals, Nonclassical Nucleation and Crystallization, CaCO3 crystallization, bio-inspired mineralization, synthesis of double hydrophilic block copolymers and additive controlled crystallization. He has published more than 440 papers and was listed among the top 100 chemists 2000 – 2010 by Thomson Reuters.
CIRIMAT laboratory, University of Toulouse, France
C. Drouet is a French CNRS Senior Scientist (eq. Full Professor) in the “Phosphates, Pharmacotechnics, Biomaterials” (PPB) group of the CIRIMAT laboratory at the University of Toulouse, France. PhD in Materials Sciences. Major research fields include the physico- and thermo-chemistry of natural and synthetic (bio)minerals, their characterization, the study of their surface reactivity, and the development of applications for biomedical engineering. Key milestones in C. Drouet’s career include 3 years as Research Associate at the University of California at Davis (UCDavis), USA, as well as other research stays including at the University of Madrid, Spain. A special focus in C. Drouet’s research relates to bioactive calcium phosphates and associated bioengineered systems, including in particular biomimetic nanocrystalline apatites analogous to bone mineral, in view of innovative biomedical applications (bone repair, nanomedicine…). He contributed to the development with Prof. C. Rey of the “hydrated layer model” on the surface of apatite nanocrystals, as well as to cold sintering approaches to consolidate metastable compounds (crystallized and amorphous calcium phosphates, LDHs…), and he developed biofunctional colloidal apatite-based nanoparticles for nanomedicine (dermatology, oncology, hematology…). On (bio)materials thermodynamics, C. Drouet developed the ThermAP free software to estimate thermodynamic properties of complex oxides (e.g. substituted apatites). In the last decade, C. Drouet received two international awards, namely the honorary Racquel Legeros Award in June 2013 and the ISCM Excellence Award in 2016, for his contribution to the field of calcium phosphates research. Listed in the 2021 Stanford listing of Highly Cited Researchers and the 2023 AD Scientific Index – World Scientist Rankings. Webpage and examples of achievements: https://www.christophedrouet.com/highlights.html
Uwe Gbureck is a professor in the Department or Functional Materials in Medicine and Dentistry, University of Würzburg. He earned a PhD degree in chemistry from the University of Würzburg in 1999 about the synthesis of organically modified titaniumoxide coatings as coupling agents for hydrolysis resistant metal-polymer joints in dental applications. Afterwards, he investigated the use of injectable mineral biocements as bone replacement materials for low load bearing defect sites within his “Habilitation” thesis in 2005 and was later on appointed as “Priv.-Doz.” (2005) and “Apl.-Prof.” for Experimental Dentistry at the University Hospital Würzburg. His work is currently focused on the development and characterisation of low-temperature setting calcium and magnesium phosphate cements and bone adhesives, additive manufacturing of patient specific implants and scaffolds, drug delivery with such porous ceramics and investigation of their in vitro and in vivo properties.
Maria-Pau Ginebra is Full Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, where she leads the Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group. She is also a research associate at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC). Her research focuses on the development of new biomaterials for tissue engineering and controlled drug delivery, with special emphasis on bone regeneration. He has made pioneering contributions to the development of new biofabrication strategies, bio-inspired substrates and 3D printing of implants for regenerative medicine. She has led numerous research projects, including an ERC Advanced Grant, as well as translational projects to the clinic and industry, and in 2013 she founded Mimetis Biomaterials, a spin-off company dedicated to the design and manufacture of bio-inspired synthetic bone grafts. She has received numerous awards, including the Racquel LeGeros Award from the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine and the Klaas de Groot Award from the European Society for Biomaterials. She is a Fellow Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE) of the International Union of Biomaterials Science and Engineering Societies.
Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland
Leena Hupa is a Professor in Inorganic Chemistry and leader of the Combustion and Materials Chemistry Research group at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. Her research deals with high-temperature processes and properties of high-temperature materials for biomedicine, bioenergy, cleantech, and circular economy applications. Hupa is an expert on amorphous materials. She is the co-author of 250 scientific papers+ and eight book chapters on bioactive glass properties and tailoring the glass composition to meet various specified requirements.
Julian R. Jones is Professor of Biomaterials at Imperial College London and leads a research group on bioactive glasses and hybrids, particularly 3D scaffolds and therapeutic nanoparticles. He has >200 articles (h index 56, > 1000 cites pa) and 4 patent applications. He is Fellow of the American Ceramics Society and Society for Glass Technology. Awards include the Kroll Medal (for inorganic materials chemistry) in 2022, an ISCM (International Society for Ceramics in Medicine) Excellence Award in 2016; the 2014 Vittorio Gottardi Award from the International Commission on Glass (ICG) and the Robert L. Coble Award (American Ceramics Society) in 2010. He served as Chair of the Bioceramics Division of the American Ceramics Society 2020–2021 and is Chair of the Coordinating Technical Committees of the ICG.
Institute of General Chemical Engineering, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
Prof. Janis Locs earned his PhD in Materials Science in 2009, specializing in the synthesis and investigation of calcium phosphate-based biomaterials and composites. He is an expert in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering for the Latvian Council of Science. He served as the national representative for the Young Scientist Forum in the European Society for Biomaterials from 2018 to 2022, and as the vice president of the Scandinavian Society of Biomaterials from 2019 to 2022. Since 2018, Dr. Locs has been the Director of the Institute of General Chemical Engineering at Riga Technical University in Latvia. In 2020, he launched the Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence project in Latvia, funded by H2020 and national investments in infrastructure exceeding a total budget of 30 million EUR.
Paola Palmero is Full Professor in Materials Science and Technology at Politecnico of Torino. She has around 18 years’ experience in the design, development and characterization of ceramic materials, including monolithic, composite and nanocomposites ceramics for biomedical, functional, mechanical and environmental applications. In particular, her research fields focus on bioceramics, including structural inert ceramics and composites, and bioactive ceramics. Currently, an important part of her research activities are dedicated to the design and 3D printing of advanced ceramics and bioceramics.
Osamu Suzuki is a Professor and Chair of Division of Craniofacial Function Engineering, Tohoku University Graduate School of Dentistry, Sendai, Japan since 2004. He is in charge of education and research in biomaterials science and skeletal tissue engineering. He was a Researcher in Japan Fine Ceramics Co. Ltd., Sendai, and a Senior Researcher in JGC Corp., Yokohama and Oarai, Japan from 1986 to 2004. He received his M.Eng. in Yamagata University Graduate School of Engineering, Yonezawa, Japan in 1986 on the study of the fracture mechanics of bioceramics and his Ph.D. in Tohoku University School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan in 1991 on the study of the octacalcium phosphate (OCP) biomaterials. He was a visiting scientist in Forsyth Dental Center, Physical Chemistry Department, Boston, MA, USA from 1992 to 1994. He is now one of the board members and was an Executive Committee Member of Japanese Society for Biomaterials (JSB) and was Editor-in-Chief of Dental Materials Journal, an official English journal of the Japanese Society for Dental Materials and Devices (JSDMD), from 2018 to 2020. He received the Award of Japanese Society for Biomaterials for the study on Elucidation of Osteoconductivity and Establishment of Biomaterial Science of OCP Bone Substitute Materials in 2015 and was awarded as a Fellow, Biomaterials Sciences and Engineering (FBSE) in 2020.
Associate Professor (Radboudumc) / Principal Investigator, Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Jeroen van den Beucken is a medical biologist interested in interactions between cells/tissues and dead matter. For his research, he predominantly focuses on bone regeneration and the initiation of bone formation. His expertise covers material science, cell culture models, animal bone defect models, and clinical translation. Of his particular interest are cell-cell interactions (e.g. stem cells with other cell types, such as immune and cancer cells) that govern healthy tissue formation or pathological conditions. Jeroen has published >200 research papers and (co-)supervised 26 PhD-students to completion. He further has strong research collaborations with researchers all over the world to combine efforts dedicated to either fundamental questions on bone physiology or translational work on bone regenerative materials. He is a member of the TERMIS Editorial Committee and the scientific societies NBTE (Dutch), ESB, and TERMIS.
Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS), Shanghai, P.R. China
Prof. Chengtie Wu is now working in Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS). He obtained his PhD degree from SICCAS in 2006. He then worked at the University of Sydney, Queensland University of Technology and Dresden University of Technology as an Vice-Chancellor Research Fellow and Alexander von Humboldt Fellow.His research focuses on 3D-printed bioceramics for bone and skin regeneration.He has published 280 SCI papers in bioceramic field. In 2015, he was awarded the Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Dr. Huipin Yuan is a senior material scientist in Kuros Biosciences BV (The Netherlands). He got his BSc in 1989/his MSc in 1992 from Peking University (Beijing, China) and his Ph.D in 2001 from Leiden University (Leiden, The Netherlands). Majored in biological science, he optimizes biomaterials according to biological requirements for tissue regeneration. By doing so, he identified surface topography as a key material factor to initiate material-induced bone formation and made two novel synthetic bone grafting materials (AttraX and MagnetOs) available on market for bone regeneration. He clarified osteoclastogenesis as a driving force for material-induced bone formation and thus demonstrated a possibility to improve tissue regeneration by modulating immune responses. He is now developing a research platform to explore the biological functions of physical cues.
Department of Advanced Biomaterials Research, Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS) / Department of Materials Science, University of Science & Technology (UST), Korea