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Call for abstracts: Symposium on "Functional Soft Composites - Design, Mechanics, and Manufacturing" - SES 2019

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Dear friends and colleagues,

We would like to welcome your ideas and invite you to submit an abstract to the symposium on Functional Soft Composites - Design, Mechanics, and Manufacturing (symposium 7.2 under the Track 7: Mechanics and Physics of Materials) at the Society of Engineering Science (SES) that will be held at Washington University in St. Louis October 13-15, 2019.

Functional soft composite materials are recently becoming an emerging field in scientific research and engineering innovation that is distinct from traditional materials and composites, due to their unprecedented potential of large deformation, property tuning, shape changing, and self-adaptivity. By integrating soft matrix with functional ingredients such as stimuli-responsive particles and mechanophores, soft composites could enable advanced material and structural systems with multifunctionalities in the field of soft actuators, soft robotics, flexible electronics, and biomedical engineering.

The development of functional soft composites synergistically integrates design, mechanics, and manufacturing. This symposium will represent the emerging and recent advances in soft composite materials with a focus on the design concept, design method, modeling, simulation, and fabrication, as well as their novel engineering applications across a wide range of engineering fields. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

         Design concept and methodology of soft composites with novel properties and functionalities

         Constitutive modeling of soft composite material behavior

         Advanced manufacturing of soft composites

         Multiphysics coupling of soft composites and their applications

         Stimuli-responsive soft composites and their applications


To submit your abstract, please go to

The deadline for submission is April 30, 2019. The symposium organizers would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate this information with your students, postdocs, and colleagues. We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!



Symposium Organizers:

Ruike Zhao, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University,

Lifeng Wang, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University,

Teng Zhang, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University,

Nikolaos Bouklas, Assistant Professor, Cornell University,

Alok Sutradhar, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University,

Mrityunjay Kothari, Postdoctoral Associate, Brown University,


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