Mechanics of nanomaterials and nanocomposites


Wendy Gu, Stanford University

Xiaoyan Li, Tsinghua University

Zubaer Hossain, University of Delaware


This symposium will cover the mechanical behaviors of current and emerging nanomaterials and nanocomposites. Structural nanomaterials and nanocomposites have excellent mechanical performance and multifunctional properties, which can be tuned through both structural architecture and material size effects. These materials are of intense interest as lightweight load bearing structures and in functional devices for use in extreme conditions of stress, temperature, pressure and chemical reactivity such as in space and within living matter. This symposium will include the fundamental mechanical behaviors of individual nanostructures, as well as the deformation of hierarchical nanocomposites. Topics of interest include nanostructured metals, ceramics and polymers, hybrid nanocomposites, architected nanomaterials, bioinspired and biological nanocomposites, mechanics enabled by advanced manufacturing techniques (e.g. additive manufacturing, self-assembly), in-situ testing techniques, atomistic and nanoscale defect dynamics, and low-dimensional materials. We will welcome submissions of experimental and computer simulations across length scales and time scales.