Track 05

Mechanics of bio-inspired and biomimetic systems

Natural materials have been a great inspiration for designing structures with unusual combinations of properties. On top of the list are strong and tough ceramics and composites, stiff and tough hydrogels, compliant stiff systems. This symposium aims at discussing the mechanics of synthetic bio inspired and biomimetic materials and structures, their limitations, performance, and applications.

Some of the issues we would like to address are: What are the bio-inspired and biomimetic mechanisms to exploit to achieve the properties? What are the contributions from the synthetic part of the system? How to fabricate such materials and make them relevant for human-centered applications?

This symposium will thus cover stiff, soft, and hybrid bio-inspired systems, dense or porous, that are investigated experimentally or computationally. Contributions related to their manufacturing and characterization tools are also relevant to the scope. We therefore invite contributions relative to these topics.

This track will cover a comprehensive range of topics related to the mechanics of bio-inspired and biomimetic systems, including but not limited to:

  • Modeling and simulations of deformation and fracture mechanisms;
  • Dynamic response of bio inspired structures;
  • Bio-inspired systems for high-temperature applications;
  • Tough hydrogels and supramolecular polymers;
  • Multiscale mechanical characterization methods;
  • Synthesis, assembly, additive manufacturing and other fabrication strategies;
  • Experimental testing and applications.

~ Speakers’ list forthcoming ~

Track Chairs

Hortense Le Ferrand
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Marc Meyers
University of California, San Diego, USA

Bin Liu
Tsinghua University, China


Hortense Le Ferrand
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore