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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 WW—Modeling and Theory-Driven Design of Soft Materials

Soft materials encompass a wide range of materials, such as polymers, colloids, foams, gels, composites, bioinspired materials, and functional organic-inorganic structures, whose predominant physical behavior occurs around room temperature. The macroscopic properties of these materials are difficult to predict and are determined by the self-assembly as well as processing parameters of the nanoscopic units, including biopolymers (lipids, proteins and nucleic acids), polymers, and inorganic building blocks. These units may form mesoscopic supramolecular aggregates, such as micelles, bilayers, nanocrystal arrangements of different shape, vesicles, emulsions and foams. The symposium seeks to explore this new generation of hybrid soft materials with responsive and highly tunable physical properties such as, but not restricted to their transition point, cross-link density or elasticity via the functional integration of synthetic and natural components. Since the final structure is difficult to predict a priori from knowledge of the atomic constituents alone, simulation and theory play a critical role to test, validate, predict and guide the design and characterization of novel functional materials. Rationalization of the structures of such hybrid materials is essential for the subsequent prediction of e.g. adhesion, mechanical response, magnetic properties, conductivity, and thermal properties in these systems. This symposium is inspired by the Materials Genome Initiative and will address the theoretical and computational modeling of soft materials with focus on their design, structure, and characterization of physical properties, as well as predictive power in connection with experimental observations.

Topics will include:

  • Predominantly theoreticalstudies of soft-matter materials, properties of interfaces, compositematerials, and complementary experiment
  • Theoretically inspired designof biomimetic and bio-inspired material
  • Multi-scale modelingmethods for soft, biologically, and inorganically functionalized system
  • Continuum, coarse-grain andatomistic models of soft material
  • Self- and directed assemblyof biopolymers, biomolecules, polymers and colloid
  • Simulationand modeling of materials processing
  • Interfacial processes andsurface chemistry of material
  • Theoretical andcomputational modeling of biophysical system
  • Designand modeling of magnetic materials

Invited Speakers:

  • Amanda Barnard (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia)
  • Qiang Cui (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Andrey Dobrynin (University of Connecticut, USA)
  • Valeriy Ginzburg (Dow Chemical Company, USA)
  • Sharon Glotzer (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Bartosz Grzybowski (Northwestern University, USA)
  • John Harding (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
  • Efthimios Kaxiras (Harvard University, USA)
  • Robert Latour (Clemson University, USA)
  • Jane Lipson (Dartmouth College, USA)
  • Bruce Murch (Procter & Gamble, USA)
  • Athanassios Panagiotopoulos (Princeton University, USA)
  • Mark Rodger (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
  • George Schatz (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Gregory Voth (University of Chicago, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Meenakshi Dutt
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Hendrik Heinz
University of Akron
Polymer Engineering

Tiffany Walsh
Deakin University
Institute for Frontier Materials

Yaroslava Yingling
North Carolina State University
Materials Science and Engineering