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Adhesion, Science of
Gordon Research Conference

Molecular Insight to Understand Fracture and Adhesion


July 23-28, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Costantino Creton

Vice Chair:
Ali Dhinojwala

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 25, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2017 GRC/GRS on the Science of Adhesion will highlight a multi-scale approach of adhesion science by focusing on two complementary aspects: 1) new molecular engineering tools to characterize and manipulate molecular response to forces, and materials reponses to stresses, and 2) macroscopic descriptions of adhesion and fracture for complex and tough materials. The main objective of the meeting is to foster discussion on how molecular insights available through novel chemistry and new materials architectures at the molecular scale can be used to understand macroscopic problems and to target more precisely macroscopic properties, for specific applications. In addition to this main focus, other topics will be featured such as biological and bioinspired adhesion, wetting, adhesion issues in emerging and classical applications, surface and interface chemistry and multi-scale simulations.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Adhesion, Science of" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 23, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Dynamic Bonds and Molecular Forces
    (Hugh Brown / Roman Boulatov / Stephen Craig)
  • Chemistry and Soft Materials
    (Kenneth Shull / Babu Gaddam / Rint Sijbesma / Doros Theodorou)
  • Liquid and Solid Adhesion
    (Joelle Frechette / Cecile Dalle-Ferrier / Etienne Reyssat)
  • Mechanics of Soft Materials
    (Rong Long / Matteo Ciccotti / Takamasa Sakai / Xuanhe Zhao)
  • Adhesion in Devices
    (Zhigang Suo / Stephanie Lacour / Metin Sitti)
  • Adhesion in Biology and Bio-Inspired Adhesion
    (Ali Dhinojwala / Carson Meredith / Alyssa Stark / Megan Valentine)
  • Adhesives and Bond Strength
    (Michelle Seitz / David Dillard / Ambrose Taylor)
  • Surface Chemistry
    (Aranzazu Del Campo / Jan Genzer / Alla Synytska / Igal Szleifer)
  • Keynote Session: From Soft Matter to Living Cells
    (Manoj Chaudhury / Brochard Francoise)
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