URBANA, Ill. – The rapidly emerging field of self-healing materials will be spotlighted at the Second International Conference on Self-Healing Materials, set for June 28-July 1, 2009, in Chicago.
The Web site (http://conferences.beckman.uiuc.edu/ICSHM2009) for the conference states that its scope will encompass “all classes of self-healing materials, including polymers, ceramics, metals, and composites, while biomaterials and bio-inspiration serve as model systems that guide research in the emergent field of self-healing.”
The conference will feature focus sessions, special symposia, and submitted abstracts. General topics include areas such as self-healing polymers, microvascular systems, and self-healing coatings and paints, while the special symposia are being organized in a variety of areas, including self-healing supramolecular polymers, numerical analysis tools for self-healing, and mechanochemically active polymers.
“The ICSHM provides a high-level international platform for the field of self-healing materials. We expect to attract a diverse, multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers from around the world, not only reporting on the current state-of-the-art, but also the future of self-healing materials systems,” said Scott White of the University of Illinois, the Beckman Institute, and general co-chair of the conference along with Ian Bond from the University of Bristol in England.
The deadline for abstract submission is Jan. 5, 2009, while early fee registration can be done until March 4, 2009.
The first International Conference on Self Healing Materials was held in the Netherlands in 2007 and included more than 200 self-healing researchers from around the world.