Symposium VI-C:

Mechanical routes for self-assembly and self-organization

**Symposium is cross-listed with Track V: Nanoscale Mechanics

Symposium Organizers:

S. Tawfick, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
D. Vella, University of Oxford
J. Bico, Ecole Superieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles


Symposium Description:

Three-dimensional (3D) surface micro- and nano-architectures offer attractive routes to tune the interfacial, optical, electrical, chemical and mechanical properties of materials. They have potential applications ranging from flexible electronic devices to meter scale multi-functional coatings. Complex 3D surface textures can be manufactured by taking advantage of self-driven material organization. For example, micropillars can be patterned in a variety of 3D geometries using elasto-capillary self-assembly for applications in elastic metamaterials, flexible batteries and electronic interconnects. Similarly, corrugated, buckled and wrinkled thin films and 2D materials may be fabricated by inducing local elastic instabilities, and are routinely used in flexible electronics, tunable optical absorbers and non-wetting surfaces.
Emerging manufacturing technologies will rely on a fundamental understanding of the mechanics of such self-organization phenomena. This symposium welcomes presentations in the areas of self-assembly and self-organization including, but not limited to:

  • Mechanics of self-assembly of slender structures
  • Capillary self-organization and elasto-capillarity
  • Self-driven origami and folding
  • Self-organization in soft materials and hydrogels
  • Tunable properties emerging from self-organized architectures (interfacial, optical, electrical, mechanical)