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Mechanics and Microstructure of Two-dimensional Materials

Ryan Sills, Rutgers University

Teng Zhang, Syracuse University

Since the discovery of graphene, the field of two-dimensional materials has exploded to reveal novel multiphysical behaviors and unexpected phenomena that provide a rich set of mechanics opportunities. Defect- and strain-engineering have been proposed as routes towards achieving large electronic band gaps, pseudo-magnetic fields, and superconductivity, among other interesting and useful properties. New two-dimensional materials continue to be discovered and characterized, with recent examples including hexagonal boronitride, borophene, phosphorene, transition metal dichalcogenides such as MoS2, and MXenes. The purpose of this minisymposium is to pull together mechanics researchers to work towards a microstructure-informed, mechanics-based understanding relevant to device and component design with two-dimensional materials. Research of interest includes theory and simulation across all scales—from atomistic to continuum—focused on: 
Defects and micromechanics of mono- and multi-layered two-dimensional materials
Mechanics of nonplanar two-dimensional materials (e.g., phosphorene)
Plasticity and damage in two-dimensional materials
Interactions between two-dimensional materials and substrates
Composites and laminated structures using two-dimensional materials
Strain-rate sensitivity of two-dimensional materials
Multiphysics models for coupling mechanics to electronic/optical/magnetic behaviors