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Mechanics of Soft and Active Interfaces: Theory, Simulations, and Experiments

Berkin Dortdivanlioglu, The University of Texas at Austin

We are interested in a fundamental understanding of the mechanical, transport, and failure phenomena at interfaces of soft materials with other materials that are soft, rigid, or fluid. The symposium covers all aspects of energetic and dissipative behaviors of soft interfaces, low-dimensional coupled field mechanics, mass and thermal transport across the interfaces, and the size-dependent behavior of soft, active solids at various length scales. Computational methods leveraging molecular and continuum techniques, and/or a combination of both are of interest. The symposium is aimed to bring researchers from diverse backgrounds and promote the exchange of new knowledge and developments in computational, theoretical, and experimental methods. Standard and new experimental techniques capturing the interface/surface effects and validating the soft interface constitutive model are encouraged. High-level applications leveraging soft interfaces are welcomed.

The topics include, but are not limited to:

- size effects in soft materials

- adhesion, friction, contact

- interfaces with bending resistance

- biomembranes

- elastocapillary and viscoelastocapillary

- fracture and delimitation