July 29 - 31, 2019 ● McGill University ● Montreal ● Canada

Following the success of MechanoChemBio 2017, we will hold the follow-up conference at McGill University in July 2019. We hope to see you there for an exciting and cross-disciplinary discussion of current topics in mechanochemistry and mechanobiology!

-Kerstin and Matt

Mechanoresponsive materials are a topic of intense research across numerous disciplines. In biology, research on biogenic materials has revealed crucial links between specific protein building blocks and dynamic mechanical behaviors, while studies of biological tissues have identified sophisticated mechanotranduction mechanisms in cells for sensing their environment. Along similar lines, chemists and materials scientists are developing high-performance materials that exhibit specific programmed responses to mechanical stimuli (e.g. self-reporting and self-healing). Common to these diverse lines of research is a primary drive to understand dynamic responses of complex molecules to mechanical stimuli.

Motivated by this shared goal, this multidisciplinary conference will unite scientists from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Materials Science, spanning multiple length scales and bridging gaps between experiment and simulation. The central topics of the meeting include, but are not limited to:

•    synthetic small molecule mechanophores
•    natural biological force sensors and sacrificial bonds
•    synthetic force sensors for cell biology applications
•    simulations and mechanisms of mechanophores and force sensors
•    techniques for measuring forces
•    physical models for understanding biomaterials
•    mechanosensitive synthetic materials
•    mechanosensitive biomaterials/biomimetic materials

The program will consist of invited and contributed talks and an extended poster session to provide opportunities for interacting with scientists from other disciplines. Young scientists are especially encouraged to attend. The organizers expect a lively meeting that will highlight the current state of research, as well as inspire further developments and collaborations.

Invited Speakers

  • Cécile Bidan, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
  • Aránzazu del Campo, Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Germany
  • Olga Dudko, University of California San Diego, USA
  • Zhibin Guan, University of Califorina Irvine, USA
  • Tomislav Friscic, McGill University, Canada
  • Markus Linder, Aalto University, Finland
  • Véronique Michaud, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Thomas Perkins, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  • Takamasa Sakai, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Khalid Salaita, Emory University, USA
  • Nancy Sottos, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA
  • Stephanie Weber, McGill University, Canada