The technical structure of AVS is organized as a matrix. Members can participate in one or more Divisions or Technical Groups, each of which is focused around a major topical area. Members may also participate in Chapters and Student Chapters, which are regional organizations that focus on local area needs.

Biomaterial Interfaces

Advancing the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing

The Biomaterials Interfaces Division of the AVS is a multidisciplinary group focused on the fabrication, characterization and applications of biomaterials, biointerfaces, biosensors, non-fouling materials, cells, tissues, and microbes.  The BI program aims to provide a forum for those interested in the field of biomaterial surfaces and interfaces in order to foster an improved understanding of the interactions of materials with biological media, including their physico-chemical properties, their surface composition and modification, their in vitro and in vivo characterization, and their applications as implants, sensors, or as templates for bio-inspired materials.  Also of interest is the application of advanced characterization and imaging methods to cells, tissues and biomaterials.

Focus areas include:
  • Innovative surface analysis methods in bio-interfacial systems
  • Materials in biological systems
  • Protein-surface, cell-surface and microbial-surface interactions
  • Biosensor, biossay and biotechnology interfaces
  • Biology at the nanoscale and imaging modalities
  • Colloidal, particle and biomembrane systems
  • Artificial biosystems: tissues, drug delivery systems, and cellular networks
  • Bio-inspired materials and biomimicry
  • Surface characterization of cells and tissues
  • Advanced data analysis methods to process complex data