4th International Conference on Bio-Based Polymers and Composites (BiPoCo 2018)

  • Author/Organiser: Béla Pukánszky
  • Event Website: http://www.bipoco2018.hu/
  • Event Date: 02 September 2018 to 06 September 2018
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Venue: Balatonfüred, Hungary

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The conference's scope reflects current trends in the synthesis and application of biopolymers.

Selected Speakers

  • Jean-Pierre Habas (University of Montpellier, France)
    Overview of home-made biobased polymers or when science meets industry requirements
  • Takashi Miyata (Kansai University, Japan)
    Responsive bioconjugated gels with dynamic crosslinks
  • Ramani Narayan (Michigan State University, USA)
    Current Status & Future of BioPlastics
  • Marc in het Panhuis (University of Wollongong, Australia)
    3D and 4D printing of polymer and hydrogel materials
  • Istvan Toth (University of Queensland, Australia)
    Nanotechnology based delivery systems for peptides and vaccines
  • G. Julius Vancso (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
    Hydrogels with memory
  • Sandra Van Vlierberghe (Ghent University, Belgium)
    Functionalization of biopolymers tailored towards tissue engineering needs


Renewable building blocks, natural polymers, biopolymers and their composites

  • Raw materials based on natural resources (triglycerides, lignin, flavonoids, etc.), their application for the synthesis of biopolymers.
  • Natural polymers and their derivatives (polysaccharides, cellulose, proteins, etc.); modification, functionalization and plasticization.
  • Microbial production of biopolymers, bio-based and biodegradable polymers (polyesters, polyhydroxyalkanoates, polyamides, polyolefins, etc.) as well as their blends.
  • Natural fiber reinforcement (WPC, nanocellulose, etc.) and composites with biopolymer matrices; surface modification, coupling, deformation and failure mechanism.

Biomaterials for life science and health care

  • Smart and functional polymers, stimuli-responsive hydrogels, reinforced hydrogels, self-healing and shape memory of hydrogels; self-assembly, nanoparticles, microparticles.
  • Surfaces and interfaces: thin films, polymer brushes and membranes.
  • Controlled drug and gene delivery (oral, nasal, ocular, transdermal, etc.); enzyme immobilization; bioadhesive formulations; injectable soft materials, implants.
  • Scaffold fabrication, mechanics of scaffolds, cell-scaffold interactions, degradation.
  • Tissue engineering, electrospinning, production and application of biofibers.
  • Processing, application
  • Development and optimization of processing technologies for biopolymers.
  • Additive manufacturing, digital design of biopolymers, 3D printing, rapid prototyping.
  • Market of biopolymers, application in packaging, cosmetics, agriculture, automotive industry, electronics, optics, energy, sensors and actuators, waste water treatment, superabsorbents, wound dressings, etc.

Environmental aspects, sustainability, green polymers and composites

  • Biorefineries, biomass conversion, sustainable production of monomers and polymers from wastes and side streams.
  • Bioplastics, degradation, biodegradation, biodeterioration and composting.
  • Recycling, waste management, environmental impact, life cycle analysis and certification.


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