Scientific Program

Conference Series Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 2nd World Congress on Biopolymers Manchester, UK.

Day 1 :

Keynote Forum

Xiang Zhang

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Keynote: New concept of resorbable biopolymer hybrids for implant applications

Time : 10:00-10:25

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Xiang Zhang, Royal Society Industry Fellow of University of Cambridge, has over 33 years combined academia (17 years) and industrial (17 years) experience, an expert in polymer and polymeric hybrid materials science and technology, Head of Head of Medical Materials and Devices. He is the author of three books “Inorganic Biomaterials”, “Inorganic Controlled Release Technology” and “Science and Principles of Biodegradable and Bioresorbable Medical Polymers - Materials and Properties”. As a materials scientist, he is passionate on “Science for Industry “. Dr. Zhang undertook his PhD and postdoctoral research at Cranfield University where he studied materials physics and micro-mechanics and micro-fracture mechanics of polymeric hybrid (organic and inorganic) materials. After spending a further four years on research for industrial applications, he was awarded an industrial fellowship at the University of Cambridge in 1995. Dr. Zhang’s industry experience was gained in leading an international healthcare company, where, as Principal Scientist and Principal Technologist, his work covered almost all aspects of medical materials and devices from R&D and manufacturing support to failure analysis and QC. Prior to joining Lucideon, he worked as Director of a technology company, in the field of nano-conductive materials and diagnostic medical devices.


This presentation will introduce new concepts on design and development of resorbable biopolymer hybrids for implant applications. It will report the principles of design and formulations of resorbable biopolymer hybrids, industrial practice of implant development and clinical considerations of medical devices.

The main topics covered in the presentation include:
1. New concepts of resorbable polymer hybrids for medical applications;
2. Synthesis of resorbable bio-copolymers with tailored mechanical properties and degradation rate, copolymers of which include polylactide, polycaprolactone and poly(ethylene glycol);
3. Synthesis of resorbable phosphorus/silicon-based bioglasses;
4. Design and development resorbable polymer hybrids consisting of organic and inorganic nano-composites;
5. Therapeutic polymer hybrids: drug-loaded resorbable polymer hybrids;
6. Clinical and bio-evaluations of drug-loaded resorbable polymer hybrids
7. Case studies: new medical implants and future development

Keynote Forum

Rachel Auzely-Velty

University Grenoble Alpes, France

Keynote: Novel approaches in hydrogel design from chemically-modified polysaccharides

Time : 10:25-10:50

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Rachel Auzély-Velty has completed her PhD from the University of Rennes (Rennes, France) in 1997 and post-doctoral studies at the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA, Saclay) in 1998-1999. After being a CNRS researcher in the CNRS research laboratory, CERMAV (Grenoble) from 1999 to 2005, she became full professor at the University Grenoble Alpes (Grenoble). Se has published more than 80 papers related to polysaccharide chemistry in reputed journals. She was a Junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) (2009-14) and named "Knight of the National Order of Merit" by the French minister for Research (2014).


Polysaccharides constitute an important class of biopolymers. They usually display biocompatibility and biodegradability, which are the basic characteristics for polymers used as biomaterials, and some of them exhibit unique physical and/or biological properties. We would like to report here new strategies for the chemical modification of water-soluble polysaccharides, such as hyaluronic acid (HA) and carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), providing access to smart hydrogels and nanogels (hydrogels confined to submicrometric dimensions) for drug/cell delivery. Using thiol-ene reactions, we successfully grafted thermosensitive ethylene-glycol based copolymers on HA, allowing temperature-triggered assembly of the polysaccharide into nanogels with diameters < 200 nm. These gel particles possess many interesting features for drug delivery, like: facile formation, tunable size and stability, easy loading of hydrophobic molecules, high selectivity and binding affinity for cancer cells expressing the CD44 receptor of HA, degradation behavior due to the inherent biodegradability of HA. In addition, after intraveneous injection in mice, they were shown to enter the blood circulation. Thiol-ene reactions were also applied to engineer macrogels of HA and CMC. We showed the ability to obtain self-healing hydrogels in physiological conditions by the careful design of HA modified with phenylboronic acid and sugar derivatives. Moreover, by combining lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) and carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) hydrogels, we developed original hybrid biomaterials that are able to provide local delivery of hydrophobic therapeutic agents in a predictable and sustained manner. These new delivery systems offer promising platforms for the controlled release of various drugs under certain external stimuli (mechanical stress, light irradiation, etc.).

Keynote Forum

Mubarak Ahmad Khan

Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Bangladesh

Keynote: Radiation Processed Textile Sludge for Preparing Eco-friendly Bricks

Time : 10:50-11:15

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Dr. Mubarak Ahmad Khan is Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Director General, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission. He did his Ph.D. in Radiation and Polymer Chemistry. He is working in several promising areas of Radiation Chemistry and Processing Technology, natural fiber reinforced polymer composites, nanotechnology, material science, biomedical science, applied science etc. Also experience in fiber reinforced polymer composite materials for various applications such as parts and body of auto car, panelized constriction materials, and bodies of electric appliances. Totally biodegradable composite materials based on natural fibers and degradable (both and synthetic) thermoplastic and resin for biomedical purposes. His focus is to use radiation-processing technology for biomedical purposes, renewable energy, Dye sensitized solar cell, modification of natural fibers; stimuli-responsive materials, hydrogel, scaffold form natural polymers. He has conducted research works in many countries including America, Germany, Japan and etc. He has worked in Germany (Technical University of Berlin, Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Polymer Research) as DAAD and Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) fellow, in Japan as MIF Fellow, as visiting scientist, in Australia (University of New South Wells) as IAEA fellow. Trained in Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry through various training course organized by IAEA. He is a part time Professor of Dhaka University, and visiting professor and examiner of various universities of Bangladesh. He is author/co-author of about 600 publications including 16 book chapters and a patent. He has served as project director/co-project director of different national and international scientific project on polymer science. Reviewers of different International Journals on Polymer and Composite Science as well Radiation supervised more than 300 M.Sc. 8 M. Phil and 13 PhD. Students. He is part time/visiting Professor of different universities of home and abroad. He has invented advanced wound dressing material from cow bone, liquid bio-fertilizer from textile effluent, natural plant growth promoter from prawn shell etc. He is also the inventor of Jutin (Jute Reinforced Polymer Corrugated Sheet) the outstanding housing material from jute plastic composite and food preservative using oligo chitosan (alternative to the formalin), He is awarded several national and international awards including Bangladesh Academy of Science Gold Medal awards 2010 for his remarkable contribution to scientific community. He is also awarded and honored by various social and academic institutes in home and abroad, He is also selected as Fellow of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). His name was published in How’s Who in World in 1998. He visited more than 22 countries for participating different seminars, workshops, symposiums, conferences as invited speaker or speaker.


Textile mill, the largest revenue earning industry in Bangladesh is facing problem with the disposal of its solid waste (sludge). In this study, textile sludge is detoxified with gamma irradiation (15 kGy) and then used to make environmental friendly bricks for construction purposes. Bricks were graded based on the sludge and clay content ratio. Sludge was mixed with clay and bricks were made in wooden frame. Dried brick samples were then kept at 450°C for 24 hours in furnace. Controlling the temperature allowed us to produce the brick without producing any NOx. Parameters such as density (g/cm³), weight loss (%), firing shrinkage (%),bending strength (MPa), , Bending modules (MPa), Impact strength (kJ/m²), water uptake (%) and electrical resistivity (Ω-m) were investigated. Density, weight loss, firing shrinkage and electrical resistivity reduced as sludge content (%) in bricks increased whereas bending strength, Bending modules, Impact strength and water uptake (%) increased with the increase of sludge content. The optimum results were found for the 50-50% sludge/clay samples. Further increase in the sludge percentage led to loss of strength and compactness of the brick sample. According to the results, the optimum sample showed higher strength than the sample made by pure clay; but showed slightly lower strength than the commercial brick. The change in density of all bricks was experienced during the aging tests in water, acid, alkali and salt. bending strength, Bending modules, Impact strength were also tested for water and acid aging. Morphological analysis of the brick samples were done by metallurgical inverted microscope.

Networking and Refreshment Break 11:15-11:30 @ Outside Room