Lorentz Center - Anisotropy and Shape in Biological Materials: From Structure to Functionality from 23 May 2016 through 27 May 2016
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    Anisotropy and Shape in Biological Materials: From Structure to Functionality
    from 23 May 2016 through 27 May 2016

 

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.
2) To explore structural anisotropy as a control parameter in engineered soft materials.
3) To identify a common research agenda to combine fundamental and applied research.

Specifically, the workshop will emphasize on the topics covering:
1) Directional self-organization over different length scales, and its impact on the morphology and morphological transformations of deformable solids, gels, and liquid phases.
2) Anisotropy-driven functionalities in uni- and multi-cellular organisms.
3) Anisotropic soft matter: liquid crystals and beyond.
4) Active matter: anisotropy and self-organized collective dynamics.
5) Bio-inspired materials: principles and fabrications.



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