Biotribology embraces a wide range of research topics from artificial joint implants to hair conditioners and soft-tissue friction. Although this is one of the most exciting areas of research in tribology, until now there has not been a single conference dedicated to all aspects of biotribology.
The inaugural ICoBT was organised at Imperial College in 2011 to bring these diverse interests together in one meeting focused solely on biotribology. Our stated aim of bringing together biotribologists from different scientific and engineering disciplines was more than fulfilled. The enthusiasm and support expressed by fellow biotribologists has prompted us to organise a 2nd ICoBT, which will be held at the Sheraton in Toronto in 2014.
Contributions are welcomed from scientists, engineers and clinicians working in the fields
of orthopaedic surgery, dentistry, biomechanics, biomaterials, cosmetic chemistry,
biophysics and biomimetics. The topic of research must include a biological surface as part of the interface (e.g. articular cartilage, skin) or have a direct impact on
biological function (e.g. prosthetic joints, dental implants).
Soft tissue interaction: contact lenses; stents; bio-probes
Articular cartilage: mechanically and biochemically induced damage; modelling; lubrication mechanisms
Skin tribology and haptics: tactile perception and surface texture; friction
Personal care: hair conditioners; skin creams; cosmetics; shaving products; toothpaste
Tongue-palate interaction: food rheology; ’mouth-feel’; food texture
Prosthetic implants: synovial joint tribology; spinal discs; explant analysis; implant corrosion; materials and coatings
Dental tribology: tooth and implant wear; fretting
Biomaterials for tribology: artificial cartilage; meniscus; bio-scaffolds
Bio-mimetics: bio-inspired tribology; materials; complex fluids; smart rheology
Biotribology for industry: identifying new opportunities; developing test methods; correlation with customer experience