Second Seminar on the Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials


03.06.2014:   Several contributions presented at the poster session are available, see FOR1509-Posters

03.06.2014:   Pictures of the Semianr are now avalable, see Impressions of SMMM2 (1/6)

04.05.2014:   Proceedings is digitally available now, see proceedings

28.04.2014:  Timetable and program is now available, see program


We thank all speakers, poster presenters and participants for their contributions to the seminar and for the productive discussions and presentations of high scientific impact.

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5-9 May, 2014 2nd Seminar on the Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials





The aim of the seminar is to discuss various aspects of multifunctional materials like experimental methods, modeling techniques, and numerical simulations. The event intends to foster greater interaction among both young and established researchers from continuum mechanics, applied mathematics and materials science working in the following fields:

  • Theoretical and computational modeling of multifunctional materials (ferroelectrics, ferromagnetics, multiferroics, shape memory alloys, thermoelectrics, electrocalorics, electro- and magnetoactive polymers, ...),

  • Mathematical analysis, variational formulations,

  • Multiscale methods, homogenization techniques, computation of effective properties of heterogeneous materials,

  • Experimental investigations, device development, novel industrial applications.


Keynote Speakers:

We are glad to welcome the following Keynote Speakers in the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Prof. Gregory P. Carman, Ph.D. University of California, LA, USA
Prof. Dr. Brahim Dkhil Ecole Centrale Paris
Prof. Dr. Katrin Dörr MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marc Kamlah Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven Klinkel RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Meinhard Kuna TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Prof. Robert M. McMeeking, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Quandt Kiel University, Germany
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Soergel University of Bonn


May 5 (Mon)     12:00: Arrival and lunch
  15:00 Beginning of seminar
May 9 (Fri) End of seminar and departure
The invited keynote lectures are scheduled to 60 minutes and the further lectures to 30 minutes. Both duration are including discussion time.



The seminar will take place in the ``Physikzentrum Bad-Honneff''. Since 1976 the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef (PBH) serves as the main meeting point of the German Physical Society. It offers a secluded setting for research conferences, seminars, and workshops, and has proved to be especially stimulating for fruitful discussions. The stately mansion housing the PBH is surrounded by a park at the foot of the Siebengebirge on the right bank of the Rhine river. In the neighbourhood an extensive net of hiking-paths in Germany's oldest nature preserve invites pleasant short or long walks (refer also to Details on travel information can be found here.

Local Committee "Ferroic Functional Materials"

Thorsten Bartel (TU Dortmund)
Dietmar Gross (TU Darmstadt)
Björn Kiefer (TU Dortmund)
Doru C. Lupascu (U Duisburg-Essen)
Andreas Menzel (TU Dortmund)
Christian Miehe (U Stuttgart)
Ralf Müller (TU Kaiserslautern)
Jörg Schröder (U Duisburg-Essen)
Paul Steinmann (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Bob Svendsen (RWTH Aachen)


Financial support of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in the framework of the Forschergruppe 1509 entitled “Ferroische Funktionsmaterialien – Mehrskalige Modellierung und experimentelle Charakterisierung” is gratefully acknowledged.