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H - Multiscale Mechanics of Polymers, Soft Matter and Network Materials


Alexey Lyulin
(Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Kees Storm
(Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Erik van der Giessen
(University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Patrick Onck
(University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Hansohl Cho
(Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
Turab Lookman
(Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
Meredith Silberstein
(Cornell University, USA)


Polymers and soft matter have been of critical importance in a broad variety of engineering and biological contexts at a wide range of scales. Recently, there have also been tremendous progresses in advanced functional network materials (e.g. vitrimers, hydrogels), that achieve excellent performance (e.g. toughness, self-healing) through the designs of atomistic, molecular and supramolecular structures within reversible or double networks. The multi-scale and multi- physical processes in these materials are, in general, strongly coupled, often resulting in highly nonlinear and emergent phenomena. To elucidate the coupled behaviors in these materials across the scales, multi-scale mechanical modeling approaches are essential.

The main goal of this Symposium is to bring together scientists and engineers from a broad variety of engineering, physics and chemistry disciplines to discuss state-of-the-art in the emerging fields of multi- scale mechanics of polymers, soft matter and network materials.

We welcome combined approaches of theoretical modeling, experimentation and computation that address (1) structure-property-function relationships, (2) macroscopic mechanical properties and their connections to micromechanical features, (3) multi-scale interplays between geometry, topology and mechanics, (4) multi-physically coupled phenomena, e.g. electromagnetic fields, biological processes, chemical reactions and deformations in polymers, soft matter and network materials, and (5) advanced/additive manufacturing processes for these materials (e.g. electrospinning, 3D printing).

Topics (but are not to limited to)

  • Mechanics and rheology of polymers and network materials
  • Stimuli-responsive polymers, polymeric composites, hydrogels, vitrimers, cellular materials, foams and mechanical meta-materials for new applications in engineering and biological contexts
  • Multiscale computational methods: molecular simulations (classical molecular dynamics simulations, Monte-Carlo methods), coarse-graining strategies, continuum simulations (non-conventional finite elements), ab-initio or density functional for polymers and soft materials
  • Mechanochemistry and multi-physically coupled deformations in polymers and soft materials

Invited speakers

  • "Polydomain liquid crystal elastomers"
  • By Kaushik Bhattacharya, California Institute of Technology, USA
  • "Multiscale modeling of electro-responsive gels"
  • By Masao Doi, Beihang University, China and the University of Tokyo, Japan
  • "In silico design of self-assembly nanostructured polymer systems by multiscale molecular modelling"
  • By Maurizio Fermeglia, University of Trieste, Italia
  • "Hydrogels with Dynamic Sacrificial Bonds – From Toughness to Adhesion to Composites –"
  • By Jian Ping Gong, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • "Computational modeling approach for the rational design of DNA nanostructures"
  • By Do-Nyun Kim, Seoul National University, Rep. of Korea
  • "Modeling and Simulation of DNA Foldback Intercoil Structure"
  • By Moon-Ki Kim, Sungkyunkwan University, Rep. of Korea
  • "Simulation and Experiment study of the Structure-Property relation of Polymer Nanocomposites"
  • By Jun Liu, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • "Enhanced Dissipation Behavior of Main-Chain LCE Networks"
  • By Thao (Vicky) Nguyen, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • "Multimaterial 3D Additive Manufacturing for Shape Changing Devices and 4D Printing"
  • By Jerry H. Qi, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA