B. Multiscale Mechanics of Polymers, Soft and Biological Materials

Symposium organizers

Markus Hütter (Eindhoven University of Technology), Lambèrt van Breemen (Eindhoven University of Technology), Ashutosh Agrawal (University of Houston), Sulin Zhang (Pennsylvania State University), Huajian Gao (Brown University)

Symposium description

Polymeric, soft, and biological materials feature a broad spectrum of processes that operate over an immense range of length and/or time scales, and are often simultaneously active. Many of these modes interact strongly with each other, which results in complex emergent material behavior. Effective schemes to bridge between the relevant length and time scales are thus essential to fully understand the microstructural mechanisms that regulate the macroscopic properties and processes.

The overarching goal of this symposium is to bring together speakers from the engineering disciplines, physics, chemistry, and biology to discuss the cutting-edge research in this field, to identify critical challenges in further developing this field, and to facilitate interdisciplinary studies by engaging researchers from a variety of disciplines.

We welcome theoretical, computational, experimental, and especially combined approaches that address (a) structure-property relations for mechanics or (b) the multiscale interplay of mechanics with biology and chemistry in polymeric and soft materials and biological processes. Possible specific topics include but are not limited to:

  • Materials: (3D) bulk polymers, polymer-based composites, colloids, gels, soft tissues, hybrid and bio-inspired materials; (2D) membranes; (1D) fibrils;
  • State: fluid state or solid state (e.g. semi-crystalline or glassy amorphous polymers);
  • Property: e.g. viscoelasticity, plasticity, fracture.
  • Interfacial phenomena: e.g. cell-nanomaterial interactions
  • Mechanically driven biological processes

Abstracts addressing the relation between several length and/or time scales are encouraged.

Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent to the submitting authors by the end of April 2014. At the discretion of the symposium organizers, a small number of contributed abstracts may be elevated to the invited status.

Confirmed Invited Speakers
  • Wim J Briels (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
  • James M Caruthers (Purdue University, USA)
  • Gregory C Rutledge (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Jay D Schieber (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)


List of oral presentations

(supplementary references are listed after the presentation-titles)
(abstracts of the presentations can be found in the book of abstracts (PDF, 38.8MB), pp.66-91)

  • Session 1 (microscale; molecular)
  • Session 2 (mesoscale; soft matter, polymer physics)
  • Session 3 (macroscale; solids, composites)

Session 1 (microscale; molecular)

  • Rutledge, Gregory (MIT, USA)    invited
    Molecular description of mechanical behavior for a semicrystalline polymer
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2], [Ref3], [Ref4]
  • Delhorme, Maxime (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
    Tracking a glassy polymer on its energy landscape in the course of small time-dependent deformations
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2]
  • Onck, Patrick (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
    Multiscale modelling of unfolded proteins
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2]
  • Oswald, Jay (Arizona State University, USA)
    Prediction and validation of viscoelastic properties of polyurea with systematically coarse-grained Molecular Dynamics
  • Melnik, Roderick (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada)
    Mechanical properties of biological nanotubes with multiscale coarse-grained models
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2]
  • Kulasinski, Karol (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
    Molecular Dynamics study on moisture-dependent properties of amorphous cellulose extended to poromechanical model
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2]
  • Yasuda, Shugo (University of Hyogo, Japan)
    Synchronized molecular dynamics via macroscopic heat and momentum transfer for nonisothermal polymeric flows
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2], [Ref3], [Ref4], [Ref5]
  • Monk, Joshua (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
    Mechanical and thermal properties of cross-linked phenolic resins: Towards a multiscale approach for thermal protection materials for space vehicles
  • Van der Giessen, Erik (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
    Linking composition and topology to mechanical properties of biopolymer networks
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2], [Ref3], [Ref4]

Session 2 (mesoscale; soft matter, polymer physics)

  • Schieber, Jay (IIT, USA)    invited
    Almost ab initio nonlinear rheology of entangled polymers
  • Briels, Wim (Twente University, The Netherlands)    invited
    Large scale Brownian dynamics simulations of complex viscoelastic soft matter
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2], [Ref3], [Ref4], [Ref5]
  • Gupta, Sudipta (JCNS-SNS-Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
    Dynamic phase diagram of soft colloids
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2], [Ref3], [Ref4]
  • Shahsavari, Rouzbeh (Rice University, USA)
    Universal structure-material-property map for natural and biomimetic platelet-matrix composites and stacked heterostructures
    References: [Ref1]
  • Ruiz, Luis (Northwestern University, USA)
    A materials genome approach to engineering functional suprabiomolecular nanotubes
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2], [Ref3], [Ref4], [Ref5]
  • Roozemond, Peter (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
    Self-regulation in structure formation
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2], [Ref3]
  • Torres-Sánchez, Alejandro (UPC-BarcelonaTech, Spain)
    Local stress calculations in biomembranes: Importance of force decomposition
    References: [Ref1]
  • Varnik, Fathollah (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)
    Rheology and shear-induced diffusion in dense suspensions of red blood cells
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2]

Session 3 (macroscale; solids, composites)

  • Caruthers, Jim (Purdue University, USA)    invited
    Meso-scale dynamic of polymeric glasses: Constitutive models that acknowledge dynamic heterogeneity
  • Smessaert, Anton (University of British Columbia, Canada)
    Predicting segmental relaxation in quiescent and deformed polymer glasses
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2]
  • Krop, Sam (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
    Filled polymer glasses; The sum of its parts?
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2]
  • Romanov, Valentin (KU Leuven, Belgium)
    Hierarchical composites reinforced with microscopic fibers and nanotubes: The modelling challenge
    References: [Ref1]
  • Hütter, Markus (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
    Concurrent two-scale model for the elasto-viscoplastic behavior of silica-filled rubber
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2]
  • Diani, Julie (CNRS, France)
    Micromechanics modeling of the linear viscoelasticity of nanoreinforced polymers with an interphase
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2]
  • Estevez, Rafael (University Grenoble, France)
    Coupled Digital Image Correlation and Fracture Mechanics analysis for the identification of cohesive models in polymers at the micron scale
    References: [Ref1]
  • Linder, Christian (Stanford University, USA)
    Novel homogenization techniques for soft matter materials
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2], [Ref3]
  • Naceur, Hakim (Université de Valenciennes, France)
    Micromechanical modeling of elastoplastic damage behavior of the human femur under compression loading
    References: [Ref1], [Ref2], [Ref3], [Ref4], [Ref5]

Key dates

  • Early registration deadline:
    August 15, 2014