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Symposium SB02-From Hydrogel Fundamentals to Novel Applications via Additive Manufacturing

This symposium focuses on fundamental aspects and advanced applications of polymer gels, and provides an overview of this emerging field of materials science. Exciting developments of soft materials, including bio-inspired design principles and their applications will be discussed. Our ability to develop functional soft materials with tailored mechanical and biomedical properties is limited by the lack of understanding the relationship between the macroscopic properties and molecular architecture. Even with the most advanced experimental techniques, it is challenging to predict the macroscopic behavior, physical, chemical and biological properties of complex gel systems. State-of art multi-scale modeling in combination with high performance computation enables us to overcome this limitation. Over the past decade hydrogel-based printing/bioprinting became a vital method in emerging technologies ranging from engineering to life sciences. It will be demonstrated that 3D/4D printing can be used in the design and fabrication of advanced functional materials in a customizable way. The meeting will focus on new design approaches and development of new types of materials for rapid prototyping.

The symposium will cover areas from basics research to applications (e.g., tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, soft robotics). The invited presentations will be given by leading researchers from academia, government laboratories, and industry. An important goal of the conference is to promote collaboration across different disciplines such as materials science, physics, chemistry and engineering.

Topics will include:

  • Neutral and polyelectrolyte gels
  • Responsive gels
  • Structure property relationship in polymer networks
  • Nanostructures in gels
  • Gel-Concrete materials
  • Transport and dynamic properties
  • Modeling and simulation of networks
  • Gels as biomaterials
  • 3D/4D printing (additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping)
  • Soft robotics
  • Self-healing hydrogels

Invited Speakers:

  • Peter J. Basser (National Institutes of Health, USA)
  • Chris Bettinger (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Lawrence Bonassar (Cornell University, USA)
  • Jason Burdick (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Preethi Chandran (Howard University, USA)
  • Namita Choudhury (University of South Australia, Australia)
  • Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandz (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Emilios K. Dimitriadis (National Institutes of Health, USA)
  • Jack F. Douglas (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Jian Ping Gong (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • Alan J. Grodzinsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Juergen Groll (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany)
  • Paul Janmey (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Nir Kampf (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
  • Richard D. Leapman (National Institutes of Health, USA)
  • Jennifer A. Lewis (Harvard University, USA)
  • Gaio Paradossi (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy)
  • Hang (Jerry) Qi (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Sandra van Vlierberghe (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Orlin D. Velev (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Joost Vlassak (Harvard University, USA)
  • Gordon G. Wallace (University of Wollongong, Australia)
  • Xuanhe Zhao (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Jie Zheng (The University of Akron, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Ferenc Horkay
National Institutes of Health

Marc H. in het Panhuis
University of Wollongong
Surf Flex Laboratory

David Londono
DuPont de Nemours
Central Research

Evgenia Vaganova
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Institute of Chemistry

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