The Tenth Micro Materials (MML) European User Meeting took place on Oct 27th - 28th 2010 at Politecnico di Milano, Milan. The meeting was highly successful, with excellent speakers providing a useful insight into the relevance of nanomechanics in a whole host of diverse application areas. We thank all those to contributed and all the delegates for their attendance and finally we would like to thank Prof Pasquale Vena and his group at Politecnico di Milano for hosting us.
The meeting was opened by Paul Grasske, Managing Director of Micro Materials Ltd. The recent news of MML returning to private ownership was shared as this has brought new investment to the organisation. There was also a short introduction to the excellent benefits of the improved Platform 3 of the NanoTest system and a round up of all the new European NanoTest users.
Politecnico di Milano - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Strutturale.
This was followed by a short welcome talk by Professor Pasquale Vena, Politecnico di Milano who spoke about the diverse research lines at the Department of Structural Engineering (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Strutturale) and in particular the Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics (LaBs), established in 2000. The research topics include the area of Micromechanics of Biological Structures and Biomaterials that rely on several experimental facilities to match their research level, including MML's NanoTest.
These sessions included:
- The opening session of the meeting was chaired by Professor Pasquale Vena of Politecnico di Milano.
- The second session of the day was chaired by Prof Bill Clyne of the University of Cambridge.
- The third session of the day was chaired by Dr Marc Masen of the University of Twente.
- The last session of the day was chaired by Prof Ben Beake of Micro Materials Ltd.