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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium S—Mechanical Behavior at the Nanoscale

The mechanics of materials in small volumes provides the basis for better understanding of macroscale mechanics including multi-scale phenomena such as fracture and behavior at interfaces. It is also essential to the development of new nanotechnologies based on low dimension objects such as particles, wires, tubes, sheets and films. Imposed spatial confinement can controllably probe length scales governing cooperative defect behavior in crystals, glasses, and hierarchal materials, while proximity of interfaces or free surfaces can alter thermomechanical relaxation and equilibrium.

This symposium focuses on the mechanical properties of small-volume and low-dimensional materials. These range from nanowires and nanotubes to microscale or nanoscale materials. The symposium invites abstracts that discuss sample size effects, nanoscale mechanical testing, in-situ characterization and modeling of small-scale materials. The properties to be covered include elasticity, strength, plastic flow, fatigue and fracture. Special focus sessions on emerging topics in 2D material mechanics, soft matter deformation and mechanical nanofabrication and forming are planned. Abstracts that address modeling aspects are also solicited, with emphasis on unusual mechanisms that influence the plasticity of small-volume materials.

Topics will include:

  • Mechanics of 2D materials such as graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, etc.
  • Small volume crystal plasticity: Size effects in indention, pillar compression, thin films, wires and tubes, particles, grains, twin domains
  • Ex-situ and in-situ (SEM, TEM, XRD, neutron, etc.) mechanical characterization methods
  • Fracture mechanics at small scales: Experiments and simulations at atomic scale, temperature effects, strain-rate effects, microstructure effects
  • Multiscale modeling and simulations of mechanical behavior of nanostructured materials; Theory of deformation behavior and mechanisms.
  • Confinement effects in glasses and soft matter: Metallic glasses, polymers, hierarchical materials, biomaterials such as collagen, chitin, and keratin
  • Role of small-scale deformation mechanics in nanomanufacturing: Mechanical nanofabrication and forming, EUV resist collapse, nanoimprint

Invited Speakers:

  • Dave Armstrong (Oxford University, United Kingdom)
  • Andy Bushby (Queen Mary University, United Kingdom)
  • Chuang Deng (University of Manitoba, Canada)
  • Karsten Durst (University of Darmstadt, Germany)
  • Jaafar El-Awady (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Daniel Gianola (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Dmitri Golberg (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Christina Gomez-Navarro (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)
  • Xiaodong Han (Beijing University of Technology, China)
  • Jae-Hwang Lee (University of Massachusetts, USA)
  • Marc Legros (CEMES-CNRS, France)
  • Erica Lilleodden (Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany)
  • Scott Mao (Texas Tech University, USA)
  • Greg McKenna (Texas Tech University, USA)
  • Dan Mordehai (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Harold Park (Boston University, USA)
  • Ruth Schwaiger (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
  • Helena Moens-Van Swygenhoven (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland)
  • Derek Warner (Cornell University, USA)
  • Zhiping Xu (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Ting Zhu (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Graham Cross
Trinity College Dublin
Physics and CRANN Nanotechnology Institute

Daniel Kiener
Montanuniversität Leoben
Department Materials Physics

Jun Lou
Rice University
Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering,

Frederic Sansoz
University of Vermont
School of Engineering