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Nano-Mechanical Interfaces
Gordon Research Conference

The Nexus of Bio-, Nano-, Architecture, and Mechanics of Interfaces


July 30 - August 4, 2017


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, China Site Information


Julia R. Greer & Yuan Lin

Vice Chairs:
Gang Li & Wenjing Ye

Hong Kong Advisory Board:
Tony F. Chan, Kathryn Song Eng Cheah, Fanny M.C. Cheung, Arthur B. Ellis, Barry Halliwell, Nancy Ip, Jian Lu, Peter Mathieson, Alfonso Ngan, Paul Tam, Benjamin Wah, Henry Wong, Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, Kenneth Young & Albert Cheung-Hoi Yu More Information

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 2, 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

This 3rd GRC on Nanomechanical Interfaces in 2017 will focus on the multidisciplinary nature of mechanics of interfaces: from bio- to nano- to chemo- and opto-. Topics and sessions will be centered around the fundamentals of small-scale material systems subjected to mechanical perturbation generated by a biological, chemical, or another nano-sized force. The point of departure for this meeting will be to stress the interdisciplinary and multi-scale nature of some of the most relevant nano-mechanics problems today. Of particular interest are topics on mechanotransduction of cells on substrates, properties of dissimilar interfaces - i.e. bio-nano, chemo-mechano, biological and bio-inspired materials, electrochemical interfaces relevant to energy storage, piezoelectric response, nano-optomechanical properties, and mechanics of architected materials. Multiple technological applications with these phenomena at their core require a thorough understanding of the mechanics of aforementioned interfaces.

This meeting promises to advance our understanding of interfacial properties in complex hierarchical material systems and to make advances towards predictability of their properties through computational and experimental means. We welcome submissions from researchers, particularly young researchers (students and post-docs) whose research focus lies in the mechanics of small-scale (micro- and nano-) material systems that contain one or more boundaries between two distinguishable phases. Preference will be given to young researchers and to the topics that address biologically- and biomedically-relevant systems and devices, electrochemical interfaces for energy storage, nano-photonics devices, and other mechanics-driven problems of small-scale systems.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 30, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Nano-Bio Hybrid Material Systems
    (Alfonso Ngan / Rodney Ruoff / Mathias Kolle)
  • Cell-Scaffold Interactions
    (Baohua Ji / Alexander Bershadsky / Barbara Chan / Dennis Discher)
  • Mechanics of Biomaterials at Hierarchical Levels
    (Xi-Qiao Feng / Alain Goriely / Igor Zlotnikov)
  • Thermal Transport at Nano-Interfaces
    (Asegun Henry / Tony Feng / Austin Minnich / Zhifeng Ren)
  • Mechanics of Soft Materials
    (Ellen Arruda / Frederick MacKintosh / Xuanhe Zhao)
  • Electrochemical Interfaces for Energy Storage
    (Dan Addison / Paul Braun / Miaofang Chi / Matthew McDowell)
  • Mechanics of Nano-Architected Materials
    (William Carter / Lucas Meza / Xiaoyu Zheng)
  • Mechanical Properties of Individual Nano Structures: Nano-Ribbons, Thin Films, and Nano-Pillars
    (Zhiwei Shan / Xian (Sherry) Chen / Qiang Guo / Seung Min Han)
  • Mechanics of Rigid Interfaces and Thin Films on Substrates
    (Qiaoyan Sun / Dan Mordehai / Yonggang Huang)
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