Nanopeptide 2012: Peptides as Nanomaterials and Biomaterials
Manchester, UK, November 12 - 14, 2012
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Peptides as Nanomaterials & Biomaterials


This highly successful multidisciplinary meeting covered all aspects of the subject from materials science, soft matter physics, biophysics, chemistry through to biomedical applications. The meeting provided an opportunity to hear some of the latest advances from the leading researchers in the field. A welcome reception, poster session with wine and refreshment breaks throughout the meeting enabled interactions with colleagues from around the world.

The response to the meeting was so positive that preparations are already being made for Nanopeptide 2014.

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Keynote Speaker

The meeting began with an excellent keynote lecture from David Kaplan (Tufts University, USA) who set the scene with his talk on “Silk Peptides in Block Copolymers for Structure-Process-Property Relationships” featuring his work on silk-based block copolymers to address the challenge of synthesis, processing and structure/function. Several of the themes covered in his talk were taken up by other speakers on subsequent days. After David Kaplan’s lecture everyone enjoyed a welcome reception that set the tone for the friendly nature of the meeting.

Poster Prize

The young researcher Poster Prize was sponsored by the Protein & Peptide Science Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The standard of posters was exceptionally high and the judges had great difficulty in selecting a single winne. In the end, the £100 prize was awarded to Marion Limo of Nottingham Trent University for her poster "Peptide Templated Morphology Modification and the Application of Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC) Towards an Understanding of Peptide-Mineral Interaction". Jeff Hartgerink, Rice University, USA, presents Marion with her prize (below).

What did delegates think?

We ran an online survey and gotgreat feedback from delegates!
  • 97.8% thought the quality of speakers was 'very good' or 'excellent'.
  • 93.2% thoght the relevance of topics was 'very good' or 'excellent'.
  • 97.8% wanted to hold another Nanopeptide meeting in 2014.

For the full picture, including some constructive criticism, read the full Nanopeptide 2012 feedback report (online survey run after the close of the meeting, 46 out of the total 90 delegates and speakers responded).

Meeting Report

A meeting report is now available to download [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 320.6 KB].

Conference held under the auspices of:

Meeting supported by
the European Peptide Society
Visit the Macro Group UK website
Peptide & Protein Science Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry


Programme Topics

Keynote lecture: Prof. David Kaplan, Tufts University
Peptide Design, Collagens & Coiled Coils 
Peptide Biomaterials & Tissue Regeneration
Peptide Interactions with Materials & Nanomaterials
Peptide Nanostructures for Opto / Electronic Applications
Dynamic Peptide Systems & Self-assembly
Peptide Hydrogels
Peptide / Polymer Interactions
Peptide and protein scaffolds, nanoparticles
Peptide-based drug delivery systems 


Dave Adams, University of Liverpool
Gonen AshkenasyBen Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Hans BörnerHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Joel Collier, University of Chicago, USA
Ian Hamley, University of Reading
Jeff Hartgerink, Rice University, USA
David Kaplan, Tufts University, USA
Hiroshi Matsui, CUNY, USA
Aline Miller, University of Manchester
Louise Serpell, University of Sussex
Thomas Scheibel, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Joel Schneider, National Cancer Institute at Frederick, USA
Rein Ulijn, University of Strathclyde
Tony Weiss, University of Sydney, Australia
Dek Woolfson, University of Bristol
Bing Xu, Brandeis University, USA

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For more information about the Programme and Speakers, visit the Programme Page.
Last updated November 22, 2012