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Symposium S
Mechanical Behavior of Micro and Nano-scale Systems


  • Yong-Wei ZHANG, Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore


  • Peter GUMBSCH, Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Werkstoffmechanik IWM, Germany
  • Yonggang HUANG, Northwestern University, United States
  • David J. SROLOVITZ, Science and Engineering Research Council, Singapore
  • Tong-Yi ZHANG, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR


  • Dr Yong-Wei Zhang, Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore
    Email: zhangyw@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg
    Tel: (65) 64191478
    Fax: (65) 64674350
    Mailing Address:
    1 Fusionopolis Way, #16-16 Connexis, Singapore 138632
    Telephone: (+65) 64191478, E-mail: zhangyw@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

    Secretary: Ms. Sally Siew
    Telephone: (+65) 64191500, E-mail: siewym@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

    Singapore 138632

Scope of Symposium

With ever-increasing miniaturization and the prominence of nano-scale materials and systems for engineering, functional and biological applications, understanding of the mechanical behavior of the nano- and micro-scale materials/systems becomes critical to the technological progress. Issues concerning mechanical response and reliability pervade a wide range of areas, from bulk materials to thin films, from crystalline materials to amorphous materials, from monophase materials to advanced composite materials, from thin films in microelectronic circuits, displays, MEMS/NEMS to coatings for wear resistance or thermal protection. The techniques that are developed for these purposes, such as the micro-mechanical testing, nanoindentation, Atomic Force Microscopy, continuum mechanics modeling and molecular level modeling also enable the study of some fundamental aspects of mechanical behavior of materials at nano to micron levels. Examples include deformation and fracture of biological materials, amorphous metals, interfaces, polymer-based composites and so on.

This symposium, which is a continuation of two successful symposiums in ICMAT 2005 and ICMAT 2009, aims to bring together active researches working on various experimental and modeling aspects of mechanical behavior of nano- and micro-systems, advanced materials, thin films, and biological materials together to discuss the current status and identify future research opportunities.

The symposium will cover but not limited to following topics:
• Mechanical behavior of nanocrystalline and nanotwinned materials
• Mechanical behavior of thin films and multilayer systems
• Mechanical behavior of linear molecules, such as DNAs and proteins
• Mechanical behavior of cell membranes
• Cell adhesion and migration dynamics
• Mechanical properties of biological and bio-inspired materials
• Mechanical behavior of hierarchical materials
• Tribology and wear mechanisms of advanced materials
• Size effect on the mechanical properties of small structures
• Plasticity and dislocation activities at the micro- and nano-scale
• Modeling of mechanical behavior of the nanostructured materials
• Multi-scale simulations of mechanical behavior of nano and micro scale systems
• Application of various characterization tools for mechanical behavior of micro- and nano-scale systems
• Modeling and experimental aspects of instrumented-indentations
• Mechanical behaviors of advanced materials such as amorphous materials, composites, functional materials including piezoelectric or ferroelectric materials.
• Mechanical behaviors of nanostructures, such as graphene, nanotube, nanorod, nanoring and nanobelt, etc

Invited Speakers

  • Ben BEAKE, Micro Materials, United Kingdom ( Abstract )
  • Ming DAO, MIT, United States ( Abstract )
  • Martin DUNN, University of Colorado, United States ( Abstract )
  • Huajian GAO, Brown University, United States ( Abstract )
  • Erik GIESSEN, University of Groningen, Netherlands ( Abstract )
  • Julia GREER, California Institute of Technology, United States ( Abstract )
  • Wanlin GUO, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China ( Abstract )
  • Yonggang HUANG, Northwestern University, United States ( Abstract )
  • Takayuki KITAMURA, Kyoto University, Japan ( Abstract )
  • Oliver KRAFT, University of Karlsruhe, Germany ( Abstract )
  • Feng LIU, University of Utah, United States ( Abstract )
  • Javier LLORCA, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain ( Abstract )
  • Christian MOTZ, University of Leoben, Austria ( Abstract )
  • Ramarathnam NARASIMHAN, Indian Institute of Science, India ( Abstract )
  • Ralf SPOLENAK, ETH, Switzerland ( Abstract )
  • David J. SROLOVITZ, University of Pennsylvania , United States ( Abstract )
  • Qing-Ping SUN, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology , China ( Abstract )
  • Helena SWYGENHOVEN, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland ( Abstract )
  • David TOMANEK, Physics and Astronomy Department, Michigan State University, United States ( Abstract )
  • Biao WANG, Sun Yat Sen University, China ( Abstract )
  • Jörg WEISSMÜLLER, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany ( Abstract )
  • Boris YAKOBSON, Rice University, United States ( Abstract )
  • Gang ZHANG, Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore ( Abstract )
  • Tong-Yi ZHANG, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology , China ( Abstract )