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Call for papers: Materiomics - materials science of biological protein materials (2009 Joint ASCE-ASME-SES Conf. Mech. Mat.)

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The 2009 Joint ASCE-ASME-SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials, June 24-27, 2009 · Blacksburg, VA

Materiomics - materials science of biological protein materials 

This symposium focuses on experimental, theoretical and computational
analyses of biological materials, specifically of protein materials. A
particular emphasis is on materials failure phenomena, their role in
the biological context (e.g. in infectious and genetic disease,
injuries, trauma), as well as the transfer of materials concepts
observed in biology towards technological innovation (e.g. through de
novo bioinspired or biomimicking structures). The symposium will
emphasize multi-scale analyses that cover multiple length- and
time-scales, from nano to macro, reflecting the hierarchical nature of
biological protein materials. Fundamental questions of robustness,
self-healing ability, flaw tolerance, changeability/mutability,
adaptability and optimality will be discussed.

Materiomics is defined as the systematic study of the material
properties of biological materials (e.g. hierarchical protein
structures and materials, mineralized biological tissues, etc.) and
their effect on the macroscopic function and failure in their
biological context, linking processes, structure and properties at
multiple scales through a materials science approach.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Physiological and pathological molecular, cellular, tissue and organ failure phenomena
  • Cell and molecular mechanics, bionanomechanics, nanobioscience
  • Materials phenomena in genetic and infectious diseases
  • Materials phenomena in amyloid diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, type 2 diabetes mellitus)
  • Multi-scale modeling and simulation and integration with multi-scale experiments
  • Computational and experimental high-thrughout characterization approaches
  • De novo materials design (e.g. peptide materials, engineered protein materials)
  • Deformation and failure mechanisms of biological tissues and materials (e.g. bone, tendon, skin, spider silk)
  • Imaging and visualization of deformation and failure mechanisms
  • Tissue engineering applications of materials 

Organizer: Markus J. Buehler, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Phone: 617-452-2750, E-mail: mbuehler@MIT.EDU

Conference URL:

This conference provides a major forum for the exchange of ideas and
discussion of recent developments in all mechanics and materials
research fields. The technical sessions and symposia on fundamentals,
tools and applications serve to highlight and promote educational
needs, emerging thrusts, novel techniques, and innovative applications
in areas that span across many engineering disciplines.

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: March 15, 2009
  • Abstracts should not exceed 3,000 characters (including spaces)
    or a one-page PDF. Please make sure to include a title, presenter's
    name and contact information, and list of contributors.
  • Online submission site:   
  • Abstract acceptance notification deadline: April 15, 2009
  • Early registration deadline: April 25, 2009
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