Around thirty people participated on 25 January in the Frontier Materials for Health Conference organised jointly by the CIT UPC and the Advanced Materials Cluster of Catalonia (Cluster MAV).
Researchers from the UPC presented various relevant projects focused on the research, design and manufacture of frontier materials for the health area, such as biocompatible materials with bactericide or antiviral properties, or smart materials for medical devices. Carlos Alemán, director of the Innovation in Materials and Molecular Engineering – Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies (IMEM-BRT) group, gave the first talk on controlled drug release through electro-responsive systems. Then Silvia Perez Rafael, researcher at the Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology Group (GBMI), talked about nanoparticle-loaded hydrogels to treat chronic wounds. In turn, Daniel Rodriguez Rius, researcher in the Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group (BBT) from the Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group (CREB), spoke about new biomaterials and processes (biocompatible materials for bone regeneration, cardiovascular applications, biomaterials or surface treatments with antibacterial properties) for 3D printing. Finally, Sergio Gómez González, a researcher in the Surface Interaction in Bioengineering and Materials Science Research Group (InSup) explained how 3D design and printing could help to improve the properties of material structures.