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[Call for Abstracts] 2019 APS March Meeting (Boston, MA, March 4-8) 02.01.20 Physics of Bio-Inspired Materials (GSOFT, DBIO) [same as 04.01.40] (Due: October 26, 2018)

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Dear Colleagues,

The upcoming 2019 APS March Meeting will take place in Boston, MA during March 4-8, 2019. Here, we would like to invite you to contribute to a focus session called “Physics of Bioinspired Materials” as below. 

02.01.20 Physics of Bio-Inspired Materials (GSOFT, DBIO) [same as 04.01.40]

The remarkable properties and functions of natural materials emerge upon assembly of biomolecular components into hierarchical structures. Material scientists have long been inspired by nature seeking to use bioinspired design principles to engineer materials with superior properties. Recent years have witnessed a wave of renewed interest in designing bioinspired materials and structures especially following the rapid development of modern fabrication technology, such as nanofabrication and 3D printing. For example, a number of novel top-down or bottom-up fabrication approaches have been developed to tailor materials into bioinspired structures with a variety of superior mechanical (such as ultra-lightweight, ultra-tough, ultra-strong and ultra-stretchable), optical (such as structural coloration, anti-reflection and optical lenses), thermofluidic (such as omniphobicity, water harvesting, anisotropic fluid transport), and other properties. These complex materials are typically hierarchical and multiphase, with heterogeneities, including particle and fiber inclusions, pores, internal interfaces, and gradients that impact properties, as well as multiple bonding schemes, both dynamic and covalent, offering new time and length scales for reconfiguration. Moreover, various activation mechanisms have been introduced to trigger biomimetic movements or structural deformations, thus resulting in active, adaptable and stimuli-responsive materials. Understanding the physics governing formation of novel bioinspired materials and their stimuli-responsive behaviors is the key challenge to advance their design and uncover their potential. The goal of this session is to create a platform for experts working on bioinspired materials, to discuss the underlying novel material physics across different length and time scales and its role in determining functional material properties. We expect this session will become a unique forum that not only provides the physical understanding of bioinspired materials, but also offers physical insights to advance the design of future bioinspired systems for broad applications by addressing the current scientific and technological challenges.

Invited speakersProf. John Rogers (Northwestern University) and Prof. Xuanhe Zhao (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

For any inquiry, please contact one of organizers:, Kyoo-Chul (Kenneth) Park (Northwestern University,, Ling Li (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,, Sung Hoon Kang (Johns Hopkins University,

You can submit the abstract in the following link.

The due date is Friday, October 26th, 2018.

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