2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

Symposium SB04-Hydrogel Materials—From Theory to Applications via 3D and 4D Printing

Hydrogels are soft materials that consist of a network structure that is excellent at retaining water. Over the past few years, there has been a great deal of interest in the development of hydrogel materials with tuneable structural, mechanical, rheological and biological properties. At present, there is no unified understanding of the fundamental principles and the various applications of complex hydrogel systems. We propose an interdisciplinary meeting devoted to the fundamental principles of hydrogels to better enable their more rational characterization and development for applications in 3D and 4D printing in both the materials science and medical science fields. The focus of this symposium ranges from theoretical aspects in the understanding and design of hydrogels to biofabrication and additive manufacturing of hydrogels into materials, components and devices for application in tissue engineering (e.g. artificial implants), as in vitro tissue models (e.g. for cancer research or drug testing) and assisted health technologies (e.g. wearables). Within this context, a broad range of subjects including molecular modelling, self-healing, self-assembly behaviour, additive manufacturing and devices will be discussed.

This symposium will bring together experts from diverse and multidisciplinary research areas with a strong interest in synthetic and/or biopolymer hydrogels to cover the complete range of hydrogel research, from theoretical fundamental aspects to application areas. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together scientists and engineers, whose research involves hydrogels to exchange ideas and promote collaboration. The invited presentations will be given by leading researchers from academia, government laboratories, and industry.

Joint Sessions are being considered with Symposium SB01—Multifunctional Materials—From Conceptual Design to Application-Motivated Systems.

Topics will include:

  • 3D and 4D printing of hydrogels and Biofabrication
  • Modelling and simulation of hydrogels
  • Polyelectrolyte gels and Responsive gels
  • Hydrogels as comfort materials (shoes and bras)
  • Structure property relationship in polymer networks
  • Self-healing hydrogels and toughening of hydrogels
  • Electrically conducting hydrogels
  • Soft materials for soft robotics and Soft Actuators
  • Hydrogels for tissue engineering and Biomimetic scaffolds

Invited Speakers:

  • Gordon Wallace (Wollongong University, Australia)
  • Jennifer Lewis (Harvard University, USA)
  • Sarah Heilshorn (Stanford University, USA)
  • Jie Zheng (The University of Texas at Dallas)
  • Jason Burdick (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Joost Vlassak (Harvard University, USA)
  • Richard Trask (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
  • Stella Alimperti (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Kristi Anseth (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Peter Basser (National Institutes of Health, USA)
  • Lawrance Bonnassar (Cornell University, USA)
  • Jack Douglas (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Naba Dutta (RMIT University, Australia)
  • Kendra Erk (University Perdue, United Kingdom)
  • Jun Fu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Julien Gautrot (Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom)
  • Alan Grodzinsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Andreas Heise (Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland)
  • Philippe Lavalle (French Institute of Health and Medical Research, France)
  • David Londono (Dupont, USA)
  • Michelle Oyen (Cambridge University, USA)
  • Srinavasa Raghavan (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Ronald Siegel (University of Minnasota, USA)
  • Julie Steele (University of Wollongong, Australia)
  • Orlin Velev (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Ziliang Wu (Zhejiang University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Marc in het Panhuis
University of Wollongong

Namita Choudhury
RMIT University

Jurgen Groll
University of Wurzburg

Ferenc Horkay
National Institutes of Health

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