The 10th IASTED International Conference on
February 13 – 15, 2013
Biography of the Conference Chair
Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini holds the Chair for Biomaterials position at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Previously, he was Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, UK, where he is now Visiting Professor. Boccaccini holds a MEng degree from Instituto Balseiro (Argentina), Dr-Ing. from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and Habilitation from Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany). He has had post-doctoral appointments at the University of Birmingham (UK) and the University of California San Diego (USA). The research activities of Prof. Boccaccini are in the broad area of glasses, ceramics and polymer/glass composites for biomedical, functional and/or structural applications. He is the author or co-author of more than 450 scientific papers and 15 book chapters. Prof. Boccaccini leads a multidisciplinary research group composed of PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and visiting scientists. He is also associated with the Composites Centre at Imperial College London and visiting professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology (Japan). In the last few years he has developed extensive research activities in the area of scaffold materials for tissue engineering applications and has initiated the development of novel highly porous bioactive and degradable composite scaffolds combining bioactive glasses and biodegradable polymers. Prof. Boccaccini has also developed the electrophoretic deposition technique for production of nanostructured materials and composites with defined surface topography with potential use in the biomedical field. His achievements in the area of materials science have been recognized with the award of the Materials Science and Technology Prize 2003 by the Federation of European Materials Society (FEMS) and the Verulam Medal and Prize 2003 of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3). He has been elected Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining of the UK (2004) and of the American Ceramic Society (2011). He is the recipient of the Ivor Jenkins Medal 2010 of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK). Prof. Boccaccini is the editor-in-chief of the journal "Materials Letters" and serves in the editorial board of several recognized international journals including Journal of Materials Science, Materials, J. Functional Biomaterials, J. Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, International Materials Review, J. Biomaterials Applications, Advanced Engineering Materials, Advances in Applied Ceramics, Bioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials, Key Engineering Materials and J. Mater. Processing Technology. Boccaccini was an elected member of the European Council of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) (2006-2010). He has been a visiting professor at different universities around the world, including Japan, Italy, Singapore, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Poland and he has served in several reviewer panels, most recently (2012) for the Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committee of the European Science Foundation. He was recently elected full member of the Reviewer Panel of the German Science Foundation (DFG).