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Thin Film & Small Scale Mechanical Behavior
July 22-27, 2012
Colby College
Waterville, ME
Chair:
John Balk

Vice Chair:
Neville R. Moody

Related Meeting Information
The Thin Film & Small Scale Mechanical Behavior Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Thin Film & Small Scale Mechanical Behavior Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar. Please refer to the Thin Film & Small Scale Mechanical Behavior GKRS web page for more information.

The mechanical behavior of materials with small dimension(s) is of both fundamental scientific interest and technological relevance. The size effects and novel properties that arise from changes in deformation mechanism have important implications for modern technologies such as thin films for microelectronics and MEMS devices, thermal and tribological coatings, materials for energy production and advanced batteries, etc. The overarching goal of the 2012 Gordon Research Conference on "Thin Film and Small Scale Mechanical Behavior" is to discuss recent studies and future opportunities regarding elastic, plastic and time-dependent deformation, as well as degradation and failure mechanisms such as fatigue, fracture and wear. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to: fundamental studies of physical mechanisms governing small-scale mechanical behavior; advances in test techniques for materials at small length scales, such as nanotribology and high-temperature nanoindentation; in-situ mechanical testing and characterization; nanomechanics of battery materials, such as swelling-induced phenomena and chemomechanical behavior; flexible electronics; mechanical properties of graphene and carbon-based materials; mechanical behavior of small-scale biological structures and biomimetic materials. Both experimental and computational work will be included in the oral and poster presentations at this Conference.

We look forward to discussing these and other topics in the informal, collegial atmosphere of this GRC meeting, and encourage both former and new attendees to actively participate in the Conference.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmMechanisms Governing Small-Scale Mechanical Behavior
Discussion Leader: Daniel Kiener (University of Leoben)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmLudovic Thilly (University of Poitiers)
"In-Situ Deformation Of Micro-Objects as a Tool to Uncover the Elementary Plasticity Mechanisms in Semiconductors and MAX Phases"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmDaryl Chrzan (Univ. of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
"Ideal Strength, Elastic Anisotropy and the Curious Case of Gum Metal"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:30 amAdvances in Test Techniques for Materials at Small Length Scales
Discussion Leader: Asa Barber (Queen Mary, University of London)
9:00 am - 9:40 amCorinne Packard (Colorado School of Mines)
"Electromechanical Tuning of Nanoscale Diodes by Nanoindentation"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDan Gianola (University Of Pennsylvania)
"Deformation Mechanisms in Nanowires: Insights Gleaned from In-situ Testing"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:30 pmPoster Presentations I
George Pharr (U of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and Warren Oliver (Nanomechanics Inc.)
TBA (Short Poster Presentations)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPlasticity in Confined Volumes
Discussion Leader: David Bahr (Washington State University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmMarc Fivel (SIMAP, Grenoble University)
"Multi-scale Simulations of Indentation: From Atomic to Continuum"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmBrad Boyce (Sandia National Laboratories)
"Unstable Grains in Nanocrystalline and Nanotwinned Metals"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMechanical Behavior of Biological Materials
Discussion Leader: Adrian Mann (Rutgers)
9:00 am - 9:40 amMichelle Dickinson (University of Auckland)
"Use of Nanoindentation in Biology - Challenges of Living Specimens"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amChristine Ortiz (MIT)
"Natural Armor: An Encyclopedia of Mechanical Designs"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmKevin Parker (Harvard University)
"Muscular Thin Films"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIn-situ Mechanical Testing and Characterization
Discussion Leader: Nicholas Barbosa (NIST)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmJohann Michler (EMPA)
"Recent Advances in In-situ SEM Micromechanical Testing"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMaarten de Boer (Carnegie Mellon University)
"In-situ On-chip Platform for Testing Size Effects in Polysilicon MEMS"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:30 amSize Effects in Mechanical Behavior
Discussion Leader: Erik Bitzek (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJun Lou (Rice University)
"Fracture of Low Dimensional Nanomaterials"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amAndrew Bushby (Queen Mary, University of London)
"(Nearly) All Strength is Size Dependent"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:30 pmPoster Presentations II
George Pharr (U of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and Warren Oliver (Nanomechanics Inc.)
TBA (Short Poster Presentations)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIndentation and Small-Scale Compression Testing
Discussion Leader: Amit Misra (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmErica Lilleodden (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht)
"Bridging Nanoindentation and Microcompression to Study Microstructural Length-Scale Effects in Metals"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmEaso George (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
"Effects of Crystal Structure on the Small-Scale Mechanical Behavior of Directionally Solidified Fibers"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNanomechanics of Battery Materials
Discussion Leader: Robert McMeeking (University of California, Santa Barbara)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJoost Vlassak (Harvard University)
"Lithium-Ion Batteries - When Mechanics Meets Chemistry"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHaneesh Kesari (Brown University)
"Nanomechanics of Thin Film Structures in Battery Electrodes and Biological Materials"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmYang-Tse Cheng (University of Kentucky)
"Understanding and Mitigating Diffusion-Induced Stresses and Fracture in Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session
Discussion Leader: George Pharr (U of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmJohn Rogers (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"Mechanics for Bio-Integrated Electronics"
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmClosing Remarks
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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