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Complex Active and Adaptive Material Systems
Gordon Research Conference

Designing Biomimetic, Dissipative Material Systems

Dates

January 29 - February 3, 2017

Location

Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA

Organizers

Chair:
Anna C. Balazs

Vice Chair:
Julia Yeomans

Meeting Description

The conference will focus on the design, synthesis, and modeling of dissipative (active) material systems that perform life-like functions. Dissipation is the physical process associated with the irreversible transformation of energy from one form to another. The systems to be considered at this meeting are capable of transducing, storing, and/or harvesting energy and using that energy to self-assemble, perform work, or dynamically respond to changes in the environment. In this sense, the materials are active and adaptive. Through discussions at this conference, we will be attempting to formulate ways of inscribing the vital functions found in biological systems into synthetic materials, and thereby, potentially blurring the lines between living and non-living systems. The meeting will highlight attempts to establish new design rules for achieving specific biologically-inspired functions or behaviors. The emphasis will be not only on designing material systems (i.e., a composite formed from different constituents), but also on creating "systems of materials" that encompass different components interacting across many scales to achieve a function. Technological advances in this field will come from iterative interactions between experimentalists and theorists to correlate the components of the system (organelles, reaction cascades, DNA, etc.) to a function (metabolism, motion, etc.). The outcome of such a multi-disciplinary forum could be a systems-level framework that can enable researchers to create biomimetic materials that exhibit new, useful functionality.

The meeting will bring together materials scientists, physicists, engineers, biologists, chemists, and experts in computational modeling. This array of expertise is needed to address fundamental challenges at the core of this research area. Young researchers are especially welcome to present posters; please submit abstracts for posters a month before the meeting. We are attempting to secure funding to help defray the costs for speakers and poster presenters.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmLearning from Nature
Discussion Leader: Atul Parikh (University of California, Davis, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmZvonimir Dogic (Brandeis University, USA)
"Spontaneous Flows in Soft Active Matter"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmJuan de Pablo (University of Chicago, USA)
"Active and Adaptive Materials Based on Liquid Crystals and Glasses"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEnabling Approaches to Creating Dissipative Systems for Biomimetic Functionality
Discussion Leader: Ximin He (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amMaria Santore (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
"Designing Biomimetic Surfaces"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amKrzysztof Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
"Enabling Approaches to Creating Dissipative Systems for Biomimetic Functionality"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmMonica Olvera de la Cruz (Northwestern University, USA)
"Using Computational Modeling to Probe and Design Biomimetic Behavior"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizer: Sambeeta Das (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDesigning the Basic Active and Adaptive Units: Artificial Cells and Smart Colloids
Discussion Leader: Neha Kamat (Northwestern University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmDaniel Hammer (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Responsive Cell-Like Materials Built from Encapsulation and Recombinant Proteins"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmPaul Chaikin (New York University, USA)
"Creating Light-Sensitive, Communicating Colloids"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBiomimetic Directed Motion
Discussion Leader: Neils Holten-Anderson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amAyusman Sen (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Interacting Chemically-Powered Molecular Motors and Pumps"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amOlga Kuksenok (Clemson University, USA)
"Direct Motion in Soft, Responsive Materials"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmAndrew Turberfield (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Programming Autonomous Systems with DNA"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDynamically Responsive Soft Materials
Discussion Leader: Todd Emrick (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmRichard Vaia (U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
"Making Materials Locomote"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmIrving Epstein (Brandeis University, USA)
"Chemical Oscillation in Structured Media - Patterning, Computation, Locomotion, and Who Knows What Else"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBiomimetic Energy Utilization
Discussion Leader: Mary Galvin (University of Notre Dame, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amSamuel Stupp (Northwestern University, USA)
"Bio-Inspired Supramolecular Materials that Make Chemicals and Emulate Muscles"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amRalph Nuzzo (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Biologically Compliant 4D Printing"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmOliver Steinbock (Florida State University, USA)
"Self-Organizing Precipitation Reactions: A Gateway to a New Engineering Paradigm?"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAutonomous Machines
Discussion Leader: Arthi Jayaraman (University of Delaware, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmIgor Aronson (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
"Linking Bacterial Motility and Liquid Crystallinity in a Model of Living Nematic"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmSharon Glotzer (University of Michigan, USA)
"Designing Colloidal Machines"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSynchronization in Complex Biological Networks and Chemical Computers
Discussion Leader: C. Jeffrey Brinker (Sandia National Laboratories / University of New Mexico, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amRebecca Schulman (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"DNA-Based Circuits for Programming Hydrogel Shape and Pattern"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amNader Engheta (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Let Metamaterials Do the Math"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmRandall Kamien (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Scissors Beats Paper"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNew Robotic Systems
Discussion Leader: Elizabeth Smela (University of Maryland, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmGeorge Whitesides (Harvard University, USA)
"Multi-Gait Soft Robots"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmJoseph Wang (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Nanomotors that Write, Isolate, Repair, and Destroy"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Chicago US Department of Energy Office of Acquisition and Assistance, under Award Number DE-SC0016834. This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

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