3rd Seminar on the Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials


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04.06.2018: final Program is online

01.06.2018: preliminary Program is online

01.06.2018: final Proceedings is online



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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June, 11th-15th 2018 3rd 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

Marin Alexe University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Kaushik Bhattacharya

California Institute of Technology, USA

Ingrid Cañero Infante CNRS ECL INSA UCBL CPE, Lyon, France
Jacob L. Jones North Carolina State University, USA
Barbara Kaltenbacher Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Marc Kamlah Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Christopher S. Lynch University of California, USA
Eckhard Quandt Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Tarek I. Zohdi University of California at Berkeley, USA


June 11th (Mon) 12:00 Arrival, registration and lunch
  15:00 Opening of seminar
June 13th (Wed) 15:00 Social Event
June 15th (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.

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The seminar will take place in the ``Physikzentrum Bad-Honnef''. 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.

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Local Committee "Ferroic Functional Materials"

  • Thorsten Bartel (TU Dortmund)
  • Dominik Brands (U Duisburg-Essen)
  • Björn Kiefer (TU Bergakademie Freiberg)
  • Marc-Andre Keip (U Stuttgart)
  • Doru C. Lupascu (U Duisburg-Essen)
  • Andreas Menzel (TU Dortmund)
  • Ralf Müller (TU Kaiserslautern)
  • Jörg Schröder (U Duisburg-Essen)
  • Paul Steinmann (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Bob Svendsen (RWTH Aachen)
  • Heiko Wende (U Duisburg-Essen)
  • Bai-Xiang Xu (TU Darmstadt)


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.

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