Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)

Wound healing with bioglass structures: Aldo R. Boccaccini received the Diels-Planck-Lecture 2017

Award Winner BoccacciniOn Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the Priority Research Area Kiel Nano Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS) of Kiel University (CAU) awarded its science prize, the Diels-Planck-Lecture, for the fourth time. The research focus thus honors internationally outstanding scientists in the field of nanoscience and surface research. The 2017 award winner is Aldo R. Boccaccini, Professor of Biomaterials at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and at Imperial College London. He receives the prize for his groundbreaking work on new materials for biomedical applications. Boccaccini presented his current research and accepted the award in a public lecture at the "Euro Intelligent Materials" conference currently taking place at the CAU.

"With his work, Aldo R. Boccaccini has made a major contribution to materials science research and inspired many colleagues," said Professor Eckhard Quandt, spokesman for Collaborative Research Center 1261 "Magnetoelectric Sensors: From Composite Materials to Biomagnetic Diagnostics", which is part of the research focus KiNSIS, in his laudation. In her welcoming address, CAU Vice President Professor Ilka Parchmann emphasized the value of interdisciplinary research: "The research of prizewinner Boccaccini shows how fruitful work across disciplines can be, as does the collaboration in our research focus on nanosciences and surface science".

Award winner Boccaccini, holder of the Chair of Biomaterials at FAU, is researching into new, biocompatible materials that can be used in tissue regeneration and wound healing. In his lecture he showed the state of research on this topic at the interface of material science and life sciences. The focus of his presentation was on the development and use of bioactive glass structures. According to Boccaccini, biodegradable polymers containing functionalized nanoparticles can effectively combine tissue regeneration and drug delivery. "With the Diels-Planck-Lecture we are pleased to honor the renowned materials scientist Boccaccini who has done so much for the development of biomaterials", said KiNSIS speaker Professor Rainer Adelung during the evening.

About Aldo R. Boccaccini
Aldo R. Boccaccini is Head of the Department of Biomaterials at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen Nuremberg (FAU) and at the same time Visiting Professor at the Imperial College London and at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentina). Boccaccini is the author or co-author of more than 450 scientific papers (Hirsch-index: 63) and has been included in 2014 both as "Thomas Reuters Highly Cited Researcher" and in Thomson Reuters' report "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds". He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Materials Letters" and is involved as an editor in numerous other journals (e.g. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Journal of Biomaterials Applications, Journal of Materials Science).

Photo: Aldo R. Boccaccini (center), Professor of Biomaterials at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, received this year's Diels Planck Medal from CAU Vice President Professor Ilka Parchmann and KiNSIS spokesperson Professor Rainer Adelung.
Photo: Julia Siekmann/CAU

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