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Call for abstracts, ASME IMECE 2013, Topic 10-20, Symposium on Mechanics of Adhesion and Friction

We are organizing a symposium on "Mechanics of Adhesion and Friction", in the upcoming ASME IMECE 2013 to be held in San Diego, during Nov 15-21, 2013. You are cordially invited to submit abstracts to this symposium, which is numbered as "10-20 Symposium on Mechanics of Adhesion and Friction". The abstract submission deadline is February 7, 2013. 


Adhesion and friction are of significant interest to colloidal scientists, biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers.  These surface phenomena are not only used in nature for locomotion and climbing, but are also used to advantage in technological applications for self-assembly of microstructures, heterogeneous integration of nanostructures on diverse substrates, and moving small droplets on surfaces.  Adhesion and friction also have strong implications on the behavior of nanomaterials and biological systems.  This symposium is devoted to the mechanics of adhesion and friction, encompassing both experimental and theoreticalstudies of adhesion and friction at length scales ranging from macro- to molecular.  Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to:

1) New methodologies/instrumentation for studying mechanics of adhesion and friction

2) Continuum and atomistic simulations and theoretical studies of adhesion and friction

3) Mechanics of adhesion and friction in biological (e.g., geckos, insects, cells, ECMs) and bio-inspired systems

4) Mechanics of adhesion and friction for technological applications (e.g., MEMS/NEMS and flexible/stretchable electronics)

5) Mechanics of adhesion and friction in nanomaterials (e.g., nanowires, nanotubes, graphene)

Topic Organizers:

Jianliang Xiao

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Colorado at Boulder

UCB 427

Boulder, CO 80309, USA


Frank W. DelRio

Material Measurement Laboratory

National Institute of Standards and Technology

100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8520

Gaithersburg, MD 20815, USA


Yong Zhu

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

North Carolina State University

3238 Engineering Building III

Raleigh, NC 27695, USA


Topic Divisions and Committees:

Applied Mechanics Division – Experimental Mechanics Technical Committee

Materials Division – Multifunctional Materials Technical Committee

Tribology Division – Nanotribology and Micro/Nano-Systems Technical Committee

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