TopicF: Functional Materials, Surfaces, and Devices
Global megatrends such as climate change, digitalization and access to clean water require not only societal change, but also pioneering technological solutions that enable efficient and sustainable use of available resources. Programmable materials are materials whose structure is designed so that their properties can be specifically controlled and reversibly changed. Because they can replace technical systems made of many components by materials with a single, locally configured system, they have the potential to introduce a paradigm shift in the way we use and see materials. They enable smaller system sizes and reduce the complexity of entire systems as well as the dependence on large infrastructures. In addition to the higher level of functional integration, programmable materials will also allow for completely new functionalities that previously could not be realized, such as modular, application-related geometry or topography. Within the framework of future production technologies, the concepts of programmable material properties are to be incorporated into the design of new products independently of scale, which is why the digitalization of individual functional elements, including their physical models, is an important part of the development process.
This symposium is aimed at researchers involved in the fundamental physical effects, simulation, material development, or characterization of materials that conform to the principle of programmable materials or that can serve as building blocks for such material innovations. The purpose of this topic is to demonstrate the breadth of efforts in this emerging area of research, to facilitate new contacts between researchers and to present the concepts developed so far to an interested community. The multi-scale implementation of the concepts of programmable materials requires a cross-section of all scientific disciplines and we therefore welcome scientists from a variety of backgrounds to contribute to this symposium by sharing their ideas on how to overcome intrinsic properties or dependencies of materials through introducing programmable material properties.