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2018 Gordon Research Conference on Multifunctional Materials and Structures: Bridging the Gap between Biological and Synthetic Systems

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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Gordon Research Conferences, Inc.

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Major Goals Organizing a Gordon Research Conference involves extensive communication with the research community to identify important issues at the frontiers of the field, and solicit suggestions for speakers and discussion leaders to participate in the conference. The Chair then contacts prospective participants to invite them to talk and discuss the nature of their contributions. The Chair then communicates the topics and aims of the conference through web pages, contact with relevant international professional bodies and email to members of the research community around the world to encourage applications for participation in the conference. The Chair is then responsible for assessing and accepting the applications and fielding a host of questions both concerning the technical content and practical aspects of conference participation. Accomplishments Multifunctional design encompasses materials, structures andor material systems that have the ability to perform multiple functions through judicious combinations of structural properties and at least one additional functional capability as dictated by the system application requirements. Multifunctionality is ubiquitous in biological systems and leads to systems that are highly efficient material and energy-wise. Bio-systems are synthesized at a molecular level with a limited palate of material ingredients resulting in multiscale hierarchical material architectures with active, coupled chemical, electrical, mechanical processes and signaling. However, there is a large gap in our current understanding of how to translate and scale the science of multifunctionality in biologicalnatural systems for creating larger-scale synthetic materials and structures with unique multifunctional capabilities and new levels of performance.

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  • Miscellaneous Materials

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[A, Approved For Public Release]