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Symposium SM2—Bioinspired Dynamic Materials—Synthesis, Engineering and Applications

The increasing interest in the emerging field of Bioinspired Materials have advanced a large diversity of areas of materials science from nano/micro-structures to mechanics and physics. The appealing dynamic characters of biological and synthetic systems have become a recent focus of the field. The complex out-of-equilibrium features underlie the interactions of many important aspects including molecular to macroscopic level transduction of (bio)chemical, mechanical, optical, electrical signals, and fluid-solid interactions in hierarchical architectures.

Recent findings in synthesis, engineering and application of dynamic materials that mimic, or are enabled by, biological systems will be presented in this symposium. Nature exhibits functions, such as muscle contraction, self-healing, and camouflage, which use dynamic or out-of-equilibrium chemistry, mechanics, optics, and surface interactions that are currently still superior to synthetic approaches. With the aim to understand the dynamics of biosystems and stipulate designs toward effective biomimicry and bioinspiration, a large range of research deals with molecular/micro-mechanics, experimental and numerical methods at the micro- and nano-length scale, creating 'living materials' that exhibit the "life-like" properties mentioned above.

This symposium attempts to provide a forum that brings together materials scientist, chemists, and synthetic biologists, and where new concepts of synthesis, characterization, fabrication, and computational modeling will merge. More specifically, the symposium will focus on synthesis, assembly, mechanics, optics, surfaces and interfaces of bioinspired, dynamic materials. The presentation of advances in this emerging field will promote the discussion of the latest ideas on their applications to sensing, drug delivery, soft robotics, smart optics and electronics, and energy harvesting.

Topics will include:

  • Dynamic and non-equilibrium materials and systems
  • Microfluidics and microdroplets
  • Synthetic biology-materials interface
  • Design of bio-inspired materials for energy harvesting and (opto)electronic applications
  • Biological-inspired Responsive Materials – synthesis, processing and mechanics
  • Novel characterization of mechanical response from nano- to macroscale for biological materials through experiments such as nanoindentation, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, electron microscopy, etc.
  • Stimuli-responsive materials and autonomous materials - Self-healing, self-regulation, self-oscillation, and soft robotics
  • Chemical or biolocial sensing based on optical, chemical, or electrical detection
  • Biological optics and photo-responsive molecules, surfaces and materials
  • Hybrid materials and composites - soft matter integrated with 2-D, semi-conducting, nano/micro-functional materials

Invited Speakers:

  • Takuzo Aida (Tokyo University, Japan)
  • Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard University, USA)
  • Sanford Asher (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Paul Braun (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Frank Caruso (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Stephen Craig (Duke University, USA)
  • Jan van Esch (Delft University, USA)
  • Elisa Franco (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Jian Ping Gong (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • Hongbin Li (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Mingming Ma (University of Science and Technology of China, China)
  • Phillip Messersmith (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Rachel O'Reilly (Warwick University, United Kingdom)
  • Hideyuk Otsuka (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Atul Parikh (University of California, Davis, USA)
  • Khalid Salaita (Emory University, USA)
  • Scott White (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Ryo Yoshida (Tokyo University, Japan)

Symposium Organizers

Ximin He
Arizona State University
Materials Science and Engineering
480-727-2944, ximin.he@asu.edu

Zhibin Guan
University of California, Irvine
Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
949-824-5172, zguan@uci.edu

Wilhelm Huck
Radboud University Nijmegen
Physical-Organic Chemistry
31-24-3652676, w.huck@science.ru.nl

Stefan Zauscher
Duke University
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering and of Chemistry
919-660-5360, zauscher@duke.edu