Summer School 2013
AFM and Mechanics of Biomaterials
SPP1420 (DFG Priority programme)
October 25, 2013
Organization: Dr. Filipe Natalio&Dr. Michael Kappl
The DFG priority programme SPP1420 is a pioneering, Germany wide project that aims to understand and explore Hierarchically Structured Materials at all scales. This project gathers researchers with wide spectra of scientific backgrounds, ranging from biology, chemistry, physics to mechanics, both from a practical and theoretical perspective. Moreover, this priority programme brings together subjects as different as sponges, shells, bones, plants, frogs, among others).
What is than the conductive wire behind such diversity of research? To introduce a reperspectivated concept of (re)designing new materials with high performance at different levels and scales using optimized examples provided by Nature. This SPP1420 DFG priority project brings even more that bioinspired bioconstrutivism of materials by creating and providing a platform that allows researchers to share their findings to ultimately bring a conductive wire into a conductive network. Another activity that promotes scientific cross-linking (among others developed and under
development within DFG SPP1420 priority project), are the series of 4 summerschools that have been running in the current year. These summerschools aim to train young generations of researchers to take, in their future research, a
I’m very pleased to organize the last of DFG priority programme SPP1420 summerschool series entitled: AFM and Mechanics of Biomaterials. This summerschool is co-organized together with Dr. Michael Kappl (Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research Mainz) where this event will take place (see below for more detail information). We have designed and conceived this summerschool to demonstrated the broad spectra of possibilities in the field of AFM and Mechanics of Biomaterials, going from the most basic mechanical concepts up to the most advanced (Nature given examples). Thus, this summerschool is comprises 4 sections. The section I is devoted to basic notions of mechanics and the section II will provide the attendees realistic examples of research with lectures (advanced). The section III is a novel approach based on our question: how to use computers and respective software to design materials and structures given the intrinsic complexity of Nature? Using basic geometry and polygons would not do it so easily… Finally, on section IV we will provide the “hands on” approach, i.e., attendees will attend a practical course on mechanics (machinery, graphical outcome, etc).