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Adhesion, Science of (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Molecular Insight to Understand Fracture and Adhesion


July 22-23, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Adrian P. Defante & Sarah Fischer

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was June 24, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


This "Science of Adhesion" GRS program complements the topics of the GRC focused around the molecular insight to understanding fracture and adhesion. Unique to the GRS, it provides an environment focused for graduate students and post docs to discuss and exchange cutting edge ideas in adhesion science. The topics cover a range of surface related phenomena such as adhesion, friction, and wetting at many different length scales from single molecules to large scale mechanics. The GRS offers opportunities for technical and professional development through invited talks, poster sessions and career planning. For many attendees, this is their first exposure to this community and it offers perspectives from various backgrounds and most importantly seeks to promote stimulating and open discussion amongst your peers.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 22, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

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


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Understanding and Effectively Designing Bioinspired Fibrillar Adhesives
Discussion Leader: Mattia Bacca (University of British Columbia, Canada)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmKim Foster (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Sharing the Load: Understanding and Effectively Designing Bioinspired Fibrillar Adhesives"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMolecular Origins to Adhesion and Friction
Discussion Leaders: Shaoting Lin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) and Zhuangsheng Lin (Cornell University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmSelemon Bekele (University of Akron, USA)
"Structural and Dynamical Properties of Water on Chemically Modified Surfaces Relative to an Instantaneous Surface"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmJohanna Blass (Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (PCMM), Boston Children's Hospital, USA)
"Mechanisms of Adhesion and Friction Mediated by Supramolecular Bonds"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmMaruti Hegde (Virginia Tech, USA)
"Understanding the Influence of Interfacial Adhesion in 3D Printing"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmHongseung Yeon (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Influence of Order Within Non-Polar Self-Assembled Monolayers on Hydrophobic Adhesion"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMechanical Insights to Adhesion and Fracture
Discussion Leaders: Gaurav Amarpuri (The University of Akron, USA) and Jingjie Hu (Princeton University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amYinjun Chen (ESPCI ParisTech, France)
"Mechanophores for the Detection of Stress and Strain in Soft Materials"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amStefanie Schmier (Plant Biomechanics Group Freiburg, University of Freiburg, Germany)
"Tight Junction: Mechanics of the Tendrils of Passiflora discophora "
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amHelen Minsky (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Arrays of Micro-Scale Composite Pillars for Enhanced and Tunable Adhesion"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amDavid Labonte (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Dynamic Biological Adhesives"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Panel Discussion
Discussion Leaders: Adrian Defante (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA) and Sarah Fischer (Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Germany)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Managing Expectations and Work Life Balance"
  • Kim Foster (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Maria Pereira (Gecko Biomedical, France)
  • Kenneth Shull (Northwestern University, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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