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Anisotropy and Shape in Biological Materials: From Structure to Functionality
Description and aim
This workshop will focus on the role of anisotropy on the structural and functional attributes of biomaterials, especially from a morphological perspective. Anisotropy is a key feature of several complex materials and strongly affects their mechanical and optical properties. In biological and bio-inspired materials, anisotropy can serve to control large-scale shape transformations or direct collective motion.
Our goal is to create a round table between disciplines (physics, chemistry, biology and engineering), to understand the fundamentals of anisotropic soft materials, and in tandem, develop new applications: from droplets, emulsions and dispersions ubiquitous in drugs, food and personal care products, to artificial muscles, cartilages and skins essential for a range of bionic applications.
Two primary scientific goals of the proposed workshop are:
1) To understand the functional role of anisotropy in the morphology and
dynamics of biological and bio-inspired materials.
Specifically, the workshop will emphasize on the topics covering: