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Mechanics of Multifunctional Low-dimensional Materials

Wei Gao, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Chenglin Wu, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Qing Tu, Texas A&M

Fatemeh Ahmadpoor, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Yingchao Yang, The University of Maine

In recent years, low-dimensional materials, such as nanowire, nanotubes and 2D materials have attracted significant attentions in mechanics community. Their geometrical and mechanical characteristics along with other physical properties have opened up new applications ranging from electronics and energy harvesting to drug delivery in biological systems. Due to their dimensional constraints, mechanical deformation is the dominant form of their response to any external stimuli. In addition, low-dimensional materials can be integrated with other materials to form unconventional nanocomposite that holds novel properties. Furthermore, the coupling between mechanical strain and other physical fields enables tailoring the physical/chemical properties as well as engineering new functionalities into the low-dimensional materials. This symposium aims to bring together experts from mechanics and material science communities to exchange ideas on the fundamental understanding of the mechanical and physical properties, coupled with the deformation of low-dimensional materials as well as the challenges and strategies on integration of these basic building blocks to macroscopic level. Presentations are invited covering experimental characterization, testing, theoretical and computational modeling of mechanical behavior of low-dimensional materials as well as the role of mechanics in their interactions with other materials.