I - Multiscale mechanics of polymers and soft materials

Symposium organizers

Lambèrt van Breemen (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Markus Hütter (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands) - point of contact
Marcus Müller (University of Göttingen, Germany)

Symposium description

Polymers and soft 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 processes couple strongly to each other, which results in complex emergent material behavior. To incorporate the fine-scale mechanisms in the modeling of the macroscopic properties and behavior, effective schemes to bridge between the relevant length and time scales are essential.

The overarching goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers from the engineering disciplines, physics and chemistry 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, e.g., chemical reactions, biological processes, and electromagnetic fields. Possible specific topics include but are not limited to:

  • Materials: (3D) bulk polymers, polymer solutions, polymer-based composites, colloids, gels, transient networks; (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. confinement effects in nanocomposites
  • Effect of aging or degradation on mechanical behavior

In terms of applications of engineering relevance, the following fields are of special interest (not exclusive list):

  • Microfluidics
  • Additive manufacturing, 3D-printing
  • Soft-matter design for food and cosmetics
  • Fiber-reinforced composites
  • Multifunctional composites
  • Design of biomimetic materials
  • Long-term performance in engineering applications


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

Invited speakers

  • Jean-Louis Barrat (Université Joseph Fourier, France)
    Simulating mechanical properties of nanostructured polymers with coarse grained models

  • Juan de Pablo (University of Chicago, USA)
    Multi scale modeling of block polymers for applications in patterning

  • Martin Müser (University of Saarland, Germany)
    Fluid flow and percolation in elastic contacts

  • Pavlos Stephanou (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
    Multiscale modelling approach to the rheological behaviour of polymer nanocomposites: Nonequilibrium thermodynamics modeling coupled with NEMD simulations

  • Hans van Dommelen (TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
    Micromechanics of semicrystalline polymers: towards quantitative predictions

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (oral):
    February 15th, 2016
  • Abstract acceptance notification:
    April 1st, 2016
  • Abstract submission deadline (poster):
    May 31st, 2016
  • Application deadline for student and post-doc grants:
    July, 18th 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    September 5th, 2016
  • Image competition deadline
    September 15th, 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    October 7th, 2016