Dr. Albana Halili and Dr. Arban Uka were the experts invited at the Nanobiotechnology International Workshop that took place at the Joint Research Center. JRC is the European Commission's in-house science service which engages scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. JRC has seven institutes that are hosted in five different sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.
Twenty five speakers from thirteen different countries presented their work in the workshop. Participants had the opportunity to visit the labs at the experimental site.
Dr. Halili from Epoka University presented “Characterization of Electrospun Nanofibers for Tissue Engineering Applications”. Based on the experimental work it was argued that the scaffolds prepared by the electrospinning process can be used for tissue engineering applications. The process of preparing the electrospun nanofibers was explained along with the preparation of the parameters that affect them, the optimization of the parameters and the challenges of using them in artificial tissues. The production of a multilayered tissue engineered meniscus using both oriented and randomly oriented nanofibers and its successful implementation on rabbits was presented as well.
Dr. Uka presented “Characterization of Reactive Sites on Nanoparticles Employing Carefully Structured Large Samples”. He explained that in the process of the nanoparticles design, there is a need for experimental results from well-controlled experiments – with the maximum possible information on the molecules participating in the interaction and the surface where the interaction is happening – that would be passed to the theoreticians for them to test their models. Reactions happen on nanoparticles that inherently have a myriad of sites and kinks with different geometrical configuration, and the identification of ‘perfect’ sites that contribute the most on the reactivity can be done using large crystals that have one type of site.