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The International Symposium “Grand Challenges Facing Materials Community” will bring together by invitation some of the most recognized scientists worldwide in the materials science field to analyze the challenges that modern societies face in fields such as physics, biology, medicine etc… and the way innovative materials based on new paradigms such as hybridization and bio inspiration can help to overcome these challenges.

This symposium will honor Professor José Serafín Moya (ICMM-CSIC) for his influential work in ceramic science for which he is recognized internationally as an expert in the fields of ceramic/metal interfaces and biomaterials.

 On the 22nd October the Symposium will be a closed-door event for private lectures and discussions but the lectures on the 23rd October will be broadcasted via live video streaming ON THIS WEBPAGE.


Prof. José Serafín Moya


The International Symposium “Grand Challenges Facing Materials Community” will be held on October 22–23, 2014 at the resort Las Caldas Villa Termal, which is located in the beautiful village of Las Caldas, only 8 kilometers far away from the city center of Oviedo (Asturias-Spain)


Wednesday, 22nd October (Private Session)

16:00 – 16:30 Welcome

Hotel Las Caldas Villa Termal

16:30 – 18:30 Free time at SPA for attendees and invited speakers

Balneario de Las Caldas

18:30 -... Private Symposium Conferences, Soft Dinner and Music

English Meeting Room

Thursday, 23rd October (Free Live Webcast)

9:30 – 13:30 Public Conferences

Conference Meeting Room

9:30 – 10:15 Optomechanics of nano-objects. Challenges and perspectives in Physics and Biology (Prof. Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas, ICMM-CSIC)

Prof. Nieto-Vesperinas is a Research Professor of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). He was head of the Department of Theory and Simulation of Materials at the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC). He is fellow of the Optical Society of America since 1987, member of the Electromagnetics Academy of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 1990 and fellow of the Institute of Physics of the UK since 2002. Prof. Nieto-Vesperinas’ research is focused on optics at the nanoscale, scattering and propagation in complex media, and photonic forces. His scientific output includes about 190 scientific articles in technical journals and several books


In this talk, a flying view on the control of matter manipulation through light induced forces will be presented. This is of relevance both for nanostructure formation in material science and in observing ultrasmall interactions in biology and medicine.

10:15 – 11:00 Bioinspired Strategies for Novel Bone Scaffolds (Prof. Antony P. Tomsia, LBNL, Berkeley, CA)

Prof. Tomsia is one of the world leading scientists in the field of bone regeneration. Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Prof. Tomsia has received several awards such as the Fulrath Memorial Award (1993), VRSP Award (1998), Humboldt Research Award (2001). In 2006 he was Elected as one of 2006 Scientific American’s top 50 Technology Leaders.

Prof. Tomsia has published more than 200 articles in refereed journals and given more than 300 plenary, keynote and invited lectures during the last 15 years.



The repair and replacement of skeletal tissue by synthetic materials remains one of the greatest challenges in health care today. Although metallic orthopedic and dental implants enjoy widespread use and success in modern clinical practice, they remain poor substitutes for the tissues they are intended to replace. The idea of using synthetic composite materials as permanent replacements for bone has been largely unfulfilled because of significant challenges related to fabrication, performance, and cost. Practical solutions to this problem depend critically upon basic science, and the field demands a fresh, truly multidisciplinary approach. How can such major advances in implant materials be realized?.

Nature is very adept at creating strong and tough inorganic-organic hybrid structures, such as seashells, wood, bone, and teeth, which have far superior mechanical properties than their separate constituent parts. Nature-inspired designs are part of the field called biomimetics, or biomimicry, which is devoted to producing synthetic materials that imitate the architecture of biological materials. We pioneered the use of the intricate microstructure of ice as a template for the fabrication of complex hierarchical inorganic/organic composites. This technique, known as freeze casting, allows the manipulation of the architecture of hybrid materials at multiple length scales with an unprecedented degree of control. The approach is based on replicating natural hierarchical structures in synthetic implant materials. As a proof of concept, we have demonstrated how nature’s design concepts can be applied to bulk hybrid materials comprised of two conventional, low-toughness compounds: Al2O3/PMMA. Using freeze casting, we have created ice-templated hybrid structures with exceptional toughness that are over 300 times higher (in energy terms) than their ceramic and polymer constituents. Our goal is to translate this approach to implant designs that would be significant improvements over existing devices.

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee

11: 30 – 12:15 Glass-ceramics for bone regeneration (Dr. Roberto López-Piriz, CINN)

Dr. Roberto López-Piriz

Medical Doctor and Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr. López-Piriz is a prestigious oral surgeon specialized in the maxilofacial field and one of the top scientists in the field of peri-implantitis and the development of new bone grafts with high osseointegration rate.

Dr. López-Piriz is president of the Spanish Society for Oral Health (SECUB) and collaborates very closely with the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center Jesús Usón.


Main problems in dentistry are related to infection: caries and periodontitis. Both diseases lead to tooth loss and subsequent bone resorption. In recent decades dental implant therapy has emerged as a solution to provide fixed dental prosthesis, functional and esthetic rehabilitation for edentolous patiens. But peri-implantitis is an inflammatory disease due to bacteria and plaque formation on implant surfaces which can also lead to bone resorption and loss of osseointegration. Dental implants must be placed into bone of adequate quantity and quality (density) to ensure predictable osseointegration. It is possible to reconstruct anatomy using various surgical procedures with bone or bone substitutes.

Professor Moya has headed up biomaterial strategies to prevent or eliminate initial bacterial attachment, in favor of host tissue attachment, that have demonstrated a positive effect on decreasing peri-implantitis, particularly for at risk patient groups. Some of this new biomaterials tailored by Prof. Moya have also shown excellent scaffolding properties for bone growing.

This lecture on behalf of Professor Moya provides a brief overview of some of the animal experiments developed with his tailored biomaterial strategies.

12:15 – 12:45 40 years of research in Materials Science. Some notes (Prof. José Serafín Moya, ICMM-CSIC)

Prof. Jose Serafin Moya

Research Professor of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). Head of the Ceramic Department at ICV-CSIC from 1991 to 1996 and head of the Particulate Materials Department at ICMM-CSIC from 1996 to 2004. Prof. Moya is fellow of the American Ceramic Society and the World Academy of Ceramics since 1991 and was awarded with the Somiya Award for International Cooperation in Research in 2001.

For more than 40 years, Prof. Moya has conducted outstanding scientific research and fostered technological advancement to solve the world's most pressing problems and to answer its most elusive questions and has become one of the top materials scientists in the world in the areas of ceramic processing and ceramic/metal interfaces.


A review of the most important results obtained during his 40 years of research in the field of materials science will be presented. The following points will be addressed:

• The impact of surfactants in the rheology of ceramic powders

• Sequential slip casting, a simple technique to design new layered ceramics and ceramic-metal composites

• Percolative materials, a new concept to fabricate materials with exotic properties, i.e. alumina-YTZP femoral head prosthesis without aging problems

• Anecdotes and comments on the research exciting moments will be presented in a relaxed context.

12:45 – 13:30 Some words by Prof. R. Torrecillas and Prof. A.P. Tomsia

13:30 – 16:00 Lunch

Salón de los espejos

Gobierno del Principado de Asturias
Ayuntamiento de Oviedo
Nanoker Research SL
Las caldas villa termal
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