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.