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Minisymposium on Mechanics and Physics of Soft Matter Materials

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As part of USNCTAM2014 (17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical & Applied Mechanics) to be held at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan from June 15-20, 2014, we are organizing a Minisymposium entitled

Mechanics and Physics of Soft Matter Materials 

within the Mechanics of Solids and Structures Technical Track. Detailed information on the conference is available at

We invite you to submit abstracts to this Minisymposium at The extended deadline for the abstract submission is January 6, 2014.

The following selected keywords serve exemplarily as guideline for potential contributions: 

  • Development of physical models, experiments and numerical techniques for soft matter materials
  • Modeling micromechanical mechanisms in soft matter engineered materials like polymers, foams, nonwoven fabrics, granular materials, or gels
  • Modeling micromechanical mechanisms in soft matter natural materials like cells, biological tissues, or muscles
  • Modeling microstructural driven large deformations in soft matter materials
  • Multiphysical coupling aspects (mechanical, thermal, electrical, magnetical, chemical)
  • Failure in soft matter materials
  • Advanced simulation techniques at various length and time scales through finite element methods, meshfree methods, atomistic simulations, or electronic structure calculations
  • Coupling of length- and time-scales through advanced homogenization techniques
  • Multidisciplinary contributions focusing on applications in material systems like shape memory and conductive polymers, dielectric elastomers, or soft active structures and devices

Minisymposium organizers: Christian Linder (Stanford), Katia Bertoldi (Harvard), Rui Huang (UT Austin), Oscar Lopez-Pamies (UIUC), and Stephan Rudykh (MIT)

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