Final Program

The conference takes place in the Prince Arthur conference room at the New Residence Hall (3625 Park Ave, Montreal, QC).

The full program book including abstracts is available here PDF icon Abstract Book (Password Protected). You will receive a condensed program booklet at the registration desk.


MONDAY, JULY 29, 2019

7.30 – 8.30

REGISTRATION - Foyer outside conference room

8.30 – 8.45


8.45 – 10.15


Matthew Harrington

8.45 – 9.15

Tomislav Friščić (I1)

McGill University, Canada

Making Molecules and Materials by Mechanochemistry

9.15 – 9.30

Yi Cao (C1)

Nanjing University, China

Stabilizing maleimide-thiol adducts by using stretching force

9.30 – 9.45

Cristina Martinez Torres (C2)

AMOLF, Netherlands

Multiscale mechanosensitive lysis of fibrin networks

9.45 – 10.00

Meredith Silberstein (C3)

Cornell University, USA

Mechanochromic activation in glassy polymers: Synthesis and activation of spiropyran polycarbonate

10.00 – 10.15

Andreas Walther (C4)

AlbertLudwigsUniversität Freiburg, Germany

Lighting-up Sacrificial Bonds: From Adaptive Bioinspired Nanocomposites to Mechanofluorescent 3D DNA Hydrogels

10.15 – 10.45


10.45 – 12.30


Andreas Walther

10.45 – 11.15

Cécile Bidan (I2)

MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany

The Role of Geometry in the Mechanical Control of Tissue Growth and Organisation

11.15 – 11.30

Guillaume De Bo (C5)

University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Mechanochemistry of the mechanical bond

11.30 – 11.45

Laurent Kreplak (C6)

Dalhousie University, Canada

Structural changes of collagen fibrils under tension or compression

11.45 – 12.00

Gregory I. Peterson (C7)

Seoul National University, South Korea

Exploring the Role of Macromolecular Architecture in the Mechanochemical Degradation of Polymers

12.00 – 12.15

Moumita Das (C8)

Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Time varying mechanical response of actin networks

12.15 – 12.30

Joerg Laeuger (C9)

Anton Paar Germany, Germany

Rheological and rheo-optical methods for biological materials and networks

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.30



15.30 – 17.30


Guillaume De Bo

15.30 – 16.00

Thomas T. Perkins (I3)

NIST & University of Colorado, USA

Probing the hidden dynamics and free-energy landscapes of diverse biomolecular systems using a commercial AFM

16.00 – 16.15

Christopher Zapp (C10)

Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Germany

Mechanoradicals in tensed tendon collagen as a new source of oxidative stress

16.15 – 16.30

Avishai Levy (C11)

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Enhanced Mechanochemical Stability of Synthetic Folded Thermoplastic Polymers

16.30 – 17.00

Zhibin Guan (I4)

University of California, Irvine, USA

Correlating Single Molecule Properties with Bulk Mechanical Performance for Titin-mimicking Modular Polymers

17.00 – 17.15

Ziheng Wang (C12)

McGill University, Canada

Geometry and Mechanics of Wrinkling Patterns in Biological Plywood Surfaces

17.15 – 17.30

Saeed Amirjalayer (C13)

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

Understanding the Mechanocatalytic Conversion of Biomass: A Low‐Energy One‐Step Reaction Mechanism by Applying Mechanical Force

17.30 – 19.00


19.00 – 23.00


Thomson House – 3650 Mc Tavish St, Montreal (QC)



TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2019

8.30 – 10.15


Ruby Sullan

8.30 – 9.00

Takamasa Sakai (I5)

The University of Tokyo, Japan

Anomalous expansion of clusters in percolation process from diluted system

9.00 – 9.15

Bizan N. Balzer (C14)

AlbertLudwigsUniversität Freiburg, Germany

Nanomechanical properties of early osteoarthritic cartilage

9.15 – 9.45

Markus Linder (I6)

Aalto University, Finland

The function vs. assembly-relation in matrices of biosynthetic composite materials

9.45 – 10.00

Steffen M. Sedlak (C15)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

AFM-based Single-Molecule Force Spectroscopy on the Streptavidin/Biotin Interaction

10.00 – 10.15

Deniz Yildiz (C16)

RWTH - Aachen University, Germany

Mechanically-Induced Activation of Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Upconversion for Optical Detection of Stress in Polymers

10.15 – 10.45


10.45 – 12.30


Jessica Clough

10.45– 11.15

Aránzazu del Campo (I7)

INM - Leibniz-Institute for New Materials, Germany

Light-driven force application to specific receptors in a living cell using molecular motors

11.15 – 11.30

Tasuku Nakajima (C17)

Hokkaido University, Japan

Self-growing hydrogels through a metabolic-like mechanochemical process

11.30 – 11.45

Laura N. Neumann (C18)

Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Dynamics and Welding Behavior of Metallosupramolecular Polymer Films

11.45 – 12.00

Alberto Sanz de León (C19)

MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany &
Universidad de Cádiz, Spain

Rationally designed, mechanoresponsive coiled coil-based hydrogels

12.00 – 12.15

Matthew S. Sammon (C20)

Universität Innsbruck, Austria

Mechanical Activation of a Copper Biscarbene Catalyst Using Single-Molecule Force Spectroscopy Supported by Quantum Chemical Calculations

12.15 – 12.30

Andrea Slade (C21)

JPK BioAFM, Bruker Nano GmbH, Germany

Investigating Dynamic Biological Processes with High-Speed, High-Resolution Correlative AFM-Light Microscopy

12.30 – 14.30


14.30 – 16.00


Bizan Balzer

14.30 – 15.00

Stephanie C. Weber (I8)

McGill University, Canada

No membrane, no problem: condensing bacterial organelles

15.00 – 15.15

Brenton Hoffman (C22)

Duke University, USA

Tunable molecular tension sensors reveal extension-based control of vinculin loading

15.15 – 15.30

Georgy A. Filonenko (C23)

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Turning thermochromic compounds into multi-colour organometallic mechanophores

15.30 – 15.45

Anna Tarakanova (C24)

University of Connecticut, USA

A multiscale model of elastin: insights into assembly, mechanics and interactions within the ECM

15.45 – 16.00

Dong Soo Hwang (C25)

Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea

Titanium-Infiltrated Exoskeleton Matrices for Long-Term Endoskeleton Repair

16.00 – 16.30


16.30 – 17.30


Brenton Hoffman

16.30 – 17.00

Khalid Salaita (I9)

Emory University, USA

Molecular Probes that Read, Write, and Erase Mechanical Information

17.00 – 17.15

Joerg Rottler (C26)

University of British Columbia, Canada

Nonlinear mechanics of physically crosslinked elastomers: from molecular simulations to network models

17.15 – 17.30

Gwendolyn Hoffmann (C27)

Boston University, USA

Mechanically active and tunable extracellular matrix fibers for tissue engineering applications

from 17.30





8.30 – 10.15


Alberto Sanz de León

8.30 – 9.00

Véronique Michaud (I10)

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Design, processing and characterization of smart composite materials

9.00 – 9.15

E. Ngandu Mpoyi (C28)

University of Ottawa, Canada

3D tuneable fibronectin-collagen platforms for control of cell adhesion and matrix deposition

9.15 – 9.30

Christopher Moraes (C29)

McGill University, Canada

Smart hydrogel sensors to characterize cancer tumor mechanics at the cellular length scale

9.30 – 9.45

Delphine Pasche (C30)

MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany

Structure-mechanics relationships in the sea silk fibers of the noble pen shell mussel Pinna nobilis

9.45 – 10.00

Jessica M. Clough (C31)

Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands

High dynamic range stress-sensing in polymers

10.00 – 10.15

Michael S. Himmelsbach (C32)

University of Texas at Austin, USA

A Novel Label-Free Method for Studying Cytoskeleton Network Structure and Mechanics

10.15 – 10.45


10.45 – 12.00


Yi Cao

10.45 – 11.15

Olga Dudko (I11)

University of California, San Diego, USA

On the Border of Order: Chromosomal Organization in Space and Time

11.15 – 11.30

Dong Woog Lee (C33)

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

Unraveling the origin of interaction forces between biomolecules

11.30 – 11.45

Debashish Mukherji (C34)

University of British Columbia, Canada

Smart polymers for soft materials: Fundamentals and design principle

11.45 – 12.00

Trey Simpson (C35)


Versatile Tools Towards Real-Time Single-Molecule Biology

12.00 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.15


Kerstin Blank

13.30 – 14.00

Nancy Sottos (I12)

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA

Mechanochemical Activation at Solid Interfaces

14.00 – 14.15

Sachin Kumar (C36)

MPI for Polymer Research, Germany

Molecular structure of fibrin direct platelet response under mechanical stimuli

14.15 – 14.30

Maximilian Rummler (C37)

McGill University, Canada

Time-lapse microCT-based in vivo imaging reveals increased bone formation in mice with multiple myeloma bone disease

14.30 – 14.45

Alexander Baer (C38)

University of Kassel, Germany

Mechanically-induced protein fiber assembly from velvet worm capture slime

14.45 – 15.00

H. Peter Lu (C39)

Bowling Green State University, USA

Protein can spontaneously rupture under a picoNewton compressive force like a balloon

15.00 – 15.15

Carleen M. Kluger (C40)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Vinculin binding sites exhibit fine-tuned mechanical responses to different force geometries

15.15 – 15.30


*WITec Workshop on Confocal Raman Microscopy for Materials Investigation

Interested participants can sign up for the in-lab workshop on the McGill Campus to be held during the lunch break on 7/30/2019. This will include a short presentation followed by a live demonstration of the capabilities of the technique. Box lunch will be provided. Please indicate interest by selecting the box during registration. The workshop is free of charge.


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