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Multifunctional Materials and Structures
Gordon Research Conference

Bridging the Gap Between Biological and Synthetic Systems

Dates

January 14-19, 2018

Location

Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information

Organizers

Chairs:
James P. Thomas & Nancy R. Sottos

Vice Chair:
Daniel Inman

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 17, 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

Multifunctional design encompasses materials, structures and/or material systems that have the ability to perform multiple functions through judicious combinations of structural properties and at least one additional functional capability as dictated by the system application requirements. Multifunctionality is ubiquitous in biological systems and leads to systems that are highly efficient material and energy-wise. Bio-systems are synthesized at a molecular level with a limited palate of material ingredients resulting in multiscale hierarchical material architectures with active, coupled chemical, electrical, mechanical processes and signaling. However, there is a large gap in our current understanding of how to translate and scale the science of multifunctionality in biological/natural systems for creating larger-scale synthetic materials and structures with unique multifunctional capabilities and new levels of performance. Visionary examples include "autonomic" structures that can sense, diagnose and respond to external stimuli, "adaptive" structures allowing reconfiguration of functionality, shape, mechanical, and electromagnetic properties, and "self-sustaining" systems with integrated energy storage and harvesting capabilities. This conference will focus on addressing the scientific issues underpinning advancements in: the translation of model biological functions to synthetic systems, signaling (e.g. chemical, electrical, mechanical), self-learning, chemical transport and transformation for control of mechanical properties, the role of interfaces and design/fabrication approaches for creating multi-scale hierarchical material systems with multifunctional performance.

Contributors

Gordon Research Conferences
National Science Foundation
Office of Naval Research

Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmMorphing Materials and Structures
Discussion Leader: Gregory Reich (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:45 pm - 8:20 pmDavid Lentink (Stanford University, USA)
"How Birds Morph Their Wings"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:10 pmRay Baughman (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
"Strong, Powerful Artificial Muscle Yarns and Fibers Whose Multifunctionality Provides Intelligence and the Ability to Harvest Energy"
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmDiscussion
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBioinspired Design for Multifunctionality
Discussion Leader: Clement Sanchez (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:40 amMartin Bechthold (Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA)
"Ceramic Matters"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:05 amMartin Dunn (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore)
"Better than Bioinspired? Digital Design and Manufacturing Workflows for Multifunctional Products"
11:05 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:00 pmDaniel McAdams (Texas A&M University, USA)
"Technology Evolution and Bioinpsired Design: Technological Disruption for New Materials"
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBioinspired Sensing and Signaling
Discussion Leader: Friedrich Barth (University of Vienna, Austria)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 8:10 pmJohn Rogers (Northwestern University, USA)
"Materials for Bio-Integrated Semiconductor Devices"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pmStephen Sarles (University of Tennessee, USA)
"Membrane-Based Biomolecular Materials: From Bioinspired Sensing to Synaptic-Mimics for Neuromorphic Computing"
9:05 pm - 9:25 pmDiscussion
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBiological and Synthetic Regeneration
Discussion Leader: Aaron Esser-Kahn (University of Chicago, USA)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:40 amPeter Fratzl (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany)
"A Materials Science View on Bone Growth and Regeneration"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:05 amScott White (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"(Re)Generation and Growth of Synthetic Polymers and Composites: Morphogenic Manufacturing"
11:05 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:00 pmLate-Breaking Topic
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAdditive Manufacturing for Multifunctional Systems
Discussion Leader: Andre Studart (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 8:10 pmJulia Greer (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Additive Manufacturing and Chemical-Mechanical Functionality of Three-Dimensional Nano-Architected Materials"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pmRyan Wicker (University of Texas at El Paso, USA)
"Increasing Component Functionality via Multi-Process Additive Manufacturing"
9:05 pm - 9:25 pmDiscussion
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSmart Surfaces and Interfaces
Discussion Leader: Ivan Parkin (University College London, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:40 amKathryn Wahl (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
"Barnacle-Inspired Antifouling and Adhesives"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:05 amHaeshin Lee (KAIST, South Korea)
"Mussel-and-Insect-Inspired Self-Sealing Materials"
11:05 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:00 pmJoanna Aizenberg (Harvard University, USA)
"Multifunctional Materials for Marine Environments: Combating Biofouling, Corrosion and Ice in a Single Coating"
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmOrganic-Inorganic Hybrids
Discussion Leader: Helmut Cölfen (Universität Konstanz, Germany)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 8:10 pmOlli Ikkala (Aalto University, Finland)
"High-Performance Biomimetic Composites via Scalable Green Processing"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pmLara Estroff (Cornell University, USA)
"Bio-Inspired Mineralization: Interfaces Between Polymers and Crystals"
9:05 pm - 9:25 pmDiscussion
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmFunctional Architectures via Folding and Origami
Discussion Leader: Kaushik Bhattacharya (California Institute of Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:40 amL. Mahadevan (Harvard University, USA)
"Programming Shape: Folding, Cutting, Printing and Growing"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:05 amJohannes Overvelde (FOM Institute AMOLF, The Netherlands)
"Finding the Mechanically Stable States of Prismatic Architected Materials"
11:05 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:00 pmMax Shtein (University of Michigan, USA)
"Origami and Kirigami Structures and Devices for Adaptive and Autonomic Control and Energy Conversion"
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmReconfigurable Soft Assemblies
Discussion Leader: Giulia Lanzara (Roma Tre University, Italy)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 8:10 pmRebecca Kramer (Yale University, USA)
"Robotic Skins with Distributed Sensing, Actuation and Control"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pmRobert Shepherd (Cornell University, USA)
"Distributed Actuation, Sensing, and Embodied Energy in Soft Robotic Systems: Application to Haptics, Prosthetics, and Virtual Reality Immersion"
9:05 pm - 9:25 pmDiscussion
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmClosing Remarks
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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