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Meeting 2022 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Nix Award and Lecture Symposium: Nanomechanics and Mechanomaterials
Sponsorship TMS Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division
TMS: Nanomechanical Materials Behavior Committee
Organizer(s) Wendelin J. Wright, Bucknell University
Gang Feng, Villanova University
Scope This symposium will highlight nanomechanics and mechanomaterials that aim to proactively deploy mechanical forces and designed geometries during fabrication to program properties of materials from the nanoscale and up. This is a paradigm shift from conventional mechanics of materials approaches which largely focus on passively describing the behaviors of materials in response to mechanical forces. Presentations will include recent developments of designed materials and structures to achieve targeted mechanical properties and functionalities including strength, toughness, fatigue resistance, lightweight, flexibility, and robust/reversible adhesion among others.

This award symposium was established to honor Professor William D. Nix and the tremendous legacy that he has developed and shared with the minerals, metals, and materials community and to highlight and promote continued progress and innovation relevant to research into the underlying mechanisms and mechanical behavior of macro-, micro-, and nanoscale materials. This symposium specifically recognizes Professor Nix’s influential roles at the interface of mechanics and materials science for more than half a century.

Professor Nix’s research and seminal contributions to structural materials, thin films, and nanoscale plasticity have had significant impact on critical U.S. industries, spawned new fields of study, and motivated generations of researchers working in fields that span from aerospace to microelectronics. Breakthroughs in technologies for these critical industries depend heavily on the availability of advanced materials that can be engineered and optimized at the nanoscale. Professor Nix’s groundbreaking contributions have allowed us to characterize, understand, and predict the mechanical behavior and reliability of such materials and have been critical enablers of these key technologies.

Abstracts Due 07/01/2021
Proceedings Plan Planned: None Selected

2022 William D Nix Award Lecture: Mechano-materials: Engineering Mechanical Properties of Materials with Internal Interfaces and Lightweight Structures
Materials by Design: Three-dimensional (3D) Nano-architected Meta-materials
Modeling Programmable Drug Delivery in Bioelectronics with Electrochemical Actuation
Release with Ease – Bioinspired Designs for Placing Micro-objects

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