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4th Zing Bionanomaterials Conference – 2014

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This conference will consider the fate of nanomaterials, including nanoparticles and nanohybrid/nanostructured materials, in biological systems and the opportunities for medical applications with a special attention to toxicological responses. Special attention will be given to the evolution of such materials in environments such as blood, their entry into the cell and cellular structures and the formation of corona.

The scientific presentations will aim to provide the audience with a clear view not only on the state of the art in the relevant traditional disciplines (physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering) but also on the interface with biology and medicine. They will follow a multidisciplinary approach based on experiments, numerical simulations and theory and the interplay between them.

Sessions will also cover practical applications such as drug delivery, implants, nanotoxicology, the interaction of proteins and lipids with nanomaterials and models of cell membranes and cell processes. Attendance by young scientists and industrially oriented researchers will be specially encouraged.

Your abstract will also be submitted to the Journal of Experimental Nanoscience & Molecular Simulation, for consideration to be included in a special edition of the Journal for publication before the end of 2014. All papers will be refereed in the usual way by the Journals. Please submit your abstract to Zing at your earliest convenience, and also to Paula or Nick, dependant on the content.


For Journal Of Experimental Nanoscience please submit to Paula Mendes.


For Journal Of Molecular Simulation please submit to Nicholas Quirke.

Poster Prizes: A 1st and 2nd Place Prize will be awarded at the conference to the best presentations in the poster session. Every attendee is offered the opportunity to present a poster should they desire

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Conference Programme

Conference Programme
Please Note: This Programme is liable to change and will be updated regularly. We strongly recommend periodically reviewing this document.

The Conference Chairs


Marie-Louise Saboungi


Nick Quirke

Imperial College

Abstract Submission Deadlines

Talk Consideration – 6th February 2014
Poster Deadline – 6th February 2014

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Poster Prizes: A 1st and 2nd Place Prize will be awarded at the conference to the best presentations in the poster session. Every attendee is offered the opportunity to present a poster should they desire

The Venue

Parador de Nerja
Nerja, Malaga. Spain



6th April 2014 – 9th April 2014

This contemporary Parador is situated on a cliff overlooking the beach and ocean, with a pleasant lawn complete with chaises and umbrellas where you can feel away from the madding-crowd below. You can choose to swim in the Parador’s swimming pool or take the private glass elevator/lift down to the beach. With bright and spacious common areas featuring works of art by well-known contemporary artists Bajola, Belén Comthe and Dario Basso; this property has a particularly pleasing ambiance and is the perfect location to absorb the scientific content of the conference and unwind during  free-time.


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Plenary Speakers


Ralf Dringen
University of Bremen

Uptake and Metabolism of Magnetic iron Oxide Nanoparticles by Brain Cells


Gil Lee 
University College Dublin

Study of the Interaction of Superparagnetic Nanoparticles with Cells: Targeting and Mechanochemical Response


Etienne Duguet 
University of Bordeaux

About the Opportunity to Include Inorganic Nanoparticles in Drug Delivery Systems: A Materials Chemist Viewpoint


Quentin Pankhurst
University College London

Translational R&D in Healthcare Biomagnetics


Attilio Cesàro
University of Trieste

Biopolymer nanoparticles for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications: balancing efficiency and safety in nanotechnology


Bice Fubini
Universita degli Studi di Torino

The complex interplay between surface structure and cellular responses to nanomaterials at the nanobiointerface

Invited Speakers

corniStefano Corni
CNR Institute of Nanoscience
Protein-surface and protein-nanoparticle interactions: insights from atomistic simulations
LbyurssaveAlexander Lyubartsev
Stockholm University
Molecular Simulations of Interactions Between TiO2 Nanoparticles and Biomolecules
amir-longAmir  Fahmi
Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences

Bio-inspired Tools for Nanofabrication of Hybrid Materials

menagerChristine Ménager
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie

Complex magnetic systems for nanomedicine applications

hari-longHari Srikanth
University of South Florida

Hybrid nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia and magneto-impedance based biosensor applications

igor-longIgor Chourpa
Universite de Tours
Sub-Cellular Events Involving Drug Nanovectors Monitored with Advanced Fluorescence Microscopy Approaches

Yoann-Lalatonne-150x150Yoann Lalatonne
Universite Paris 13
Optimized Iron Oxide MRI Contrast Agent: Shape and Size Effect

lynchIseult Lynch 
University of Birmingham
Macromolecular Coronas and their Importance in Nanotoxicology and Nanoecotoxicology

GomezJavier Reguera Gomez
Patchy Nanoparticles‚ Synthesis Properties and Characterization

jesus-perez-gil2Jesús Pérez-Gil
Universidad Complutense
Nanoparticles‚ Pulmonary Surfactant and Respiratory Cells: Integrating Innovative and Biosecure Therapeutic Nanomaterials

motteLaurence Motte
Universite Paris 13
Iron oxide nanoparticles as MRI contrast agent for targeting integrin αvβ3 overexpressed by tumor cells.

ciattchiLucio Colombi Ciacchi
University of Bremen
Bionanomaterials Applications Supported by Atomistic Modelling of Solid-Liquid Interfaces

banadarianManu Barandiaran
Universidad del Pais Vasco
Magnetic behavior of oxide and metal nanoparticles: theory and experiment

descamps1Marc Descamps
Université Lille 1
Mechanochemistry as a tool to manipulate the physical state and nano-scale structural organization of pharmaceuticals

meunierMarc Meunier
A Molecular Modelling Study of Polymer Nanodielectrics

lobaskinVladimir Lobaskin 
University College Dublin
Modelling of Nanoparticle-Glycocalyx Interaction

fdez-guidea1Maria Luisa Fdez-Gubieda
Universidad del Pais Vasco
Magnetite Biomineralization in Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense: Time-Resolved Magnetic and Structural Studies

mh-devilleMarie-Helene Delville
Universite Bordeaux
In Situ Multi-Dimensional and High-Resolution Chemical Imaging of TiO2 Nanoparticles in Biological Organisms. From Single Cells to Multi-Cellular Specimens.

osinski1Marek Osiński
University of New Mexico
Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles conjugated to tobramycin for treating cystic fibrosis infections

millotNadine Millot
Universite de Bourgogne
Development of novel versatile theranostic platforms: from SPIONs to titanate nanotubes

mendesPaula Mendes 
University of Birmingham
Cellular Nanotechnology: Making Biological Interfaces Smarter

latourRobert Latour
Clemson University
Molecular-Level Characterization of Adsorbed Protein Structure and Bioactivity

magazuSalvatore Magazu
Universita di Messina
Nanoscopic Investigations on Biomolecules by Neutron Scattering

Contributing Speakers

Christelle Mathé
Université de Lorraine ENSAIA
Structural Determinants for Protein Adsorption/Nonadsorption to Silica Nanoparticles

Erik Brandt
Stockholm University
Molecular Simulations of Biomolecular Adsorption on the TiO2 (100) Surface

Daniela Guarnieri
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
A Bioinspired Approach to Overcome the Blood Brain Barrier

Hender Lopez
University College Dublin
Molecular study of the nanoparticle-protein corona formation

Emilie Munnier
Université de Tours/ EA 6295
Lipidic nanocarriers for topical delivery of curcumin: from characterization and stabilization in hydrogels to promising biological results

Thomas Simmet
Ulm University
Carboxydextran-Coated Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and the Fate of Professional Phagocytes

Marianna Vasilakaki
Shape Effects on the Magnetic Behavior of Nanoparticles with Core / Shell Morphology

Jodie Melbourne
Imperial College London
An investigation of carbon nanotube – lipid interface and its impact upon lung function

Horacio Lamela
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Laser photoacoustic spectroscopy of carbon nanotubes, gold nanoparticles, and gadolinium-containing nanoparticles for biomedical applications

Candace Fleischer
Georgia Institute of Technology
Effect of Nanoparticle Surface Charge on the Cellular Binding of Nanoparticle-Protein Complexes

Sophie Richard
Université Paris 13
Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles for RMI Brain Tumors Molecular Imaging

Elena Orlenko
St. Petersburg State Polytecnic University
Magnetic Properties of an Antiferromagnetic Chain of Localized Spins S = 1

Eneko Axpe
University of the Basque Country
Testing Bionanomaterials by Positrons

Nicolas Gonzalez
Schaefer Techniques
Optical Observation and Hyperspectral Characterization of Nanomaterials in Biological Matrixes

Matthew Schneemilch
Imperial College London
Nanoparticles at Biological Interfaces

Dimitri Aubert
Izon Science Ltd
TRPS: Advanced Nanoparticles Characterisation

Conference Programme

Conference Programme
Please Note: This Programme is liable to change and will be updated regularly. We strongly recommend periodically reviewing this document.

Conference Fees

StandardAccompanying Adult Accompanying ChildExtra Night AdultExtra Night Child
Conference Day Pass€750
Registration DeadlineFeb 3 2014Feb 3 2014Feb 3 2014Feb 3 2014Feb 3 2014

Conference Day Pass : Price includes conference registration and attendance, lunches, coffee breaks and the Gala Night. This option does not include evening meals or accommodation.

Delegate Fees: Include conference registration and attendance, accommodation, all meals on a specially negotiated full-board package and The Gala Night (including any accompanying persons).

Accompanying Persons Fees: Include the same specially negotiated full-board package as delegates excluding conference attendance.

Group Discounts: Special discounts are offered for group bookings of 6 or more students from the SAME lab. Please contact us for more information

Additional Night Fees: Prices are per person per night on a Bed & Breakfast basis. Spaces are extremely limited so we encourage you to notify us immediately should you require additional nights at this venue

Children: Children aged 12 and above are regarded as adults by the hotel. Children under the age of 2 years stay free of charge.


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