1-5 – Micro and Nano Systems and Applications
Horacio Espinosa (Northwestern University), Vittorio Ferrari (University of Brescia), Attilio Frangi (Politecnico di Milano), Maria F. Pantano (University of Trento)
Micro and Nanosystems continue to experience remarkable growth in various fields like in the automotive, aerospace, and large consumer applications. Moreover, the scientific community has been exploiting the advantage of miniaturization to enable a new paradigm in medical diagnostics and biological fields, e.g., through the use of microfluidics and various sensing modalities for single cell manipulation and analysis, 3D cell cultures, gene editing and drug screening. Likewise, researchers and practitioners are innovating on flexible and powerful manufacturing processes, e.g., 3D printing and laser processing. As a result, new challenges are emerging on multiphysics design, optimization, and reliability with new applications in biotechnology, metamaterials, soft robotics, and origami/kirigami engineering to cite just a few.
The creation of micro and nanosystem in such a broad spectrum of applications requires the convergence of disciplines. Indeed boundaries between engineers, physicists, materials scientists, and chemists are becoming ever more blurred, as knowledge and techniques are more than ever integrated and transferred from one field to the other. With recent developments in design, multiscale modelling, manufacturing, and artifical intellegence there are unique opportunities for scientists to further advance and explore the opportunities offered by "nano" and "micro" scales and to assess their impact on addressing societal needs.
This symposium aims at bringing together theoreticians, computationalists, and experimentalists active in the fields of micro and nanosystems. Contributions are thus welcome in the area of simulation, modelling and experimentation of nano and micro materials, structures, devices, and systems.