Symposium CH03-Towards Quantitative Characterization of Soft Materials by Scanning Probe Microscopy—Beyond Imaging

Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) stands as a formidable technology capable of visualizing, characterizing, and even manipulating nanostructures through the use of a sharp probe. The versatility of SPM makes it a valuable tool for addressing diverse challenges across a wide array of domains considering soft materials, such as energy harvesting, organic electronics, biosensors, self-assembly, biotechnology, life sciences, mechanobiology, cosmetics, and medical applications, particularly in the field of nanomedicine. This cutting-edge field has seen remarkable advancements in recent years, continually introducing new techniques and applications, especially in the realm of soft materials and biological specimens, including disease-related samples with diagnostic potential. Nevertheless, SPM is not without its own set of challenges. Precisely measuring the mechanical properties of materials and effectively handling the substantial amount of data generated by SPM techniques remain major hurdles.

The primary aim of this symposium is to provide an international platform for the exchange of research findings among globally recognized experts actively engaged in the domain of scanning probe microscopy applied to soft polymeric (bio)materials and living organisms. Industrial partners will also be part of the dialogue, facilitating discussions on the potential of novel SPM approaches. This symposium serves as a unique opportunity to both showcase and deliberate on the current state of SPM methods when dealing with challenges and to chart the course for future applications in the context of soft polymeric (bio)materials and living organisms. Furthermore, this symposium is part of the broader Materials Research Society series focused on SPM techniques. The track record of this series in uniting leading figures from academia and industry, as well as attracting budding researchers and students, has been remarkable. Importantly, this event is expected to span a range of disciplines, encompassing material sciences, engineering, biophysics, condensed matter physics, and the development of cutting-edge instrumentation.

Topics will include:

  • Mapping at the nanoscale of the mechanical (and viscoelastic) properties of soft materials (polymer blends, nanocomposites, hydrogels, biopolymers, bioglues …) cells and viruses
  • Nano-mechanical properties of soft materials (acquisition and analysis)
  • Towards industrial, biological, and medical applications (food, personal care, cosmetics, dermatology)
  • Characterization of the next-generation cosmetic bio-sourced materials
  • Mechanical manipulation of single molecules
  • SPM-based mechanobiology
  • Cells nanomechanics as a medical diagnostic tool
  • Combined multimodal SPM and correlative imaging modes (Raman, IR, SEM, …)
  • High speed and high-resolution SPM (instrumentation and data analysis)
  • Novel methodologies/processes for the data analysis including advanced statistics and Machine Learning

Invited Speakers:

  • Mathieu Cognard (Digital Surf, France)
  • Sidney Cohen (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
  • Sonia Contera (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Alexandre Dazzi (Université Paris-Saclay, France)
  • Rosa Espinoza-Marzal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Georg Fanter (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Takeshi Fukuma (Kanazawa University, Japan)
  • Nuria Gavara (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
  • Greg Haugstad (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Peter Hinterdorfer (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria)
  • Florian Kumpfe (Bruker JPK, Germany)
  • Ken Nakajima (Tokyo Institue of Technology, Japan)
  • Bede Pittenger (Bruker Nano Inc., USA)
  • Roger Proksch (Oxford Instruments, USA)
  • Lorena Redondo-Morata (Institut Pasteur de Lille, France)
  • Felix Rico (Aix-Marseille Université, France)
  • Simone Ruggeri (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)
  • Lanti Yang (Sabic, Netherlands)
  • Francesca Zuttion (L'OREAL, France)

Symposium Organizers

Philippe Leclere
Université de Mons
Center for Innovation and Research in Materials and Polymers

Malgorzata Lekka
Polish Academy of Sciences
Institute of Nuclear Physics Henryka Niewodzinski
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Gustavo S. Luengo
L'OREAL Research and Innovation
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Igor Sokolov
Tufts University

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