Archives de l'auteur: Kostas Danas

 Postdoc on origami based micro-robotics, AS2M department @ FEMTO-ST

Dear Colleagues,

We have a postdoc opening in AS2M department @ FEMTO-ST Institute in the area of origami based micro-robotics for nano-manipulation in SEM, with a focus on design and experimentsThe goal is to investigate the design of actuated structures by using  thick piezoelectric film and conducting polymers based on origami. Further details about this position can be found in the following link:

Applications received by August 30th, 2018, will receive equal consideration.

More details on who we are and what we do at the AS2M department can be found here:

Best regards,
Kanty Rabenorosoa

Associate Professor, MiNaRoB Team

AS2M department/FEMTO-ST Institute 
ENSMM School Engineering

24 rue Alain Savary, 25000 BESANCON Cedex
Tél: 03 81 40 28 13

Postdoc on fluid-structure interaction at high Re with focus on experiments, flexLab @ EPFL

Dear Colleagues,

We have a postdoc opening in our fleXLab @ EPFL in the area of fluid-structure interaction at high Re, with a focus on experimentsThe goal is to study the mechanisms underlying the coupling between fluid flow and multi-component morphing structures. Further details about this position, including a link to the online application system, can be found in the following link:

Your mission: The Flexible Structures Laboratory (fleXLab) headed by Prof. Pedro Reis at EPFL invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the area of fluid-structure interaction. The project will consist or exploring, understanding and designing morphable/flexible structures to achieve tunable lift and drag under high Reynolds number conditions, both in aerodynamic and hydrodynamic environments. The goal will be to both rationalize the fundamental principles that underlie the interaction between fluid flow and multi-component morphing structures, as well as then use the gained knowledge to explore implementation in engineering contexts. This activity will be multidisciplinary, at the interface of structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, soft robotics and nonlinear physics.

Your profile: Candidates should have recently obtained or are about to obtain a Ph.D. in Physics, or Mechanical/Civil/Aerospace Engineering, or related disciplines. The project will have a strong experimental component, so experience in laboratory settings is desired, either in fluid or solid mechanics. The following areas of expertise are particularly welcomed: rapid prototyping, micro-fabrication, polymer synthesis, mechanical testing, control/automation/robotics, flow imaging, and image processing. An appreciation for scaling analysis, theory and computation is also welcomed.

We offer: The successful postdoc will join a vibrant, international and diverse research team with interdisciplinary expertise in experimental, computational and theoretical mechanics. The focus of research activity at the fleXLab is centered around curiosity-driven research in the general area of physics and mechanics of soft/compliant mechanical structures. The fleXLab is hosted in the iconic modern building of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and offers unique state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. More information about our research group, including other active research themes, can be found in the following link:

Opportunities for involvement in the teaching of mechanics-related classes, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, will be provided.

Applications received by August 20th, 2018, will receive equal consideration.

More details on who we are and what we do at the fleXLab can be found here:

Warm regards,
Pedro Reis

Postdoc at IPGG on Hydronamics at small scales

Postdoc on  « Hydrodynamic boundary condition of polymer solutions on simple and complex surfaces »

at IPGG with J.D. McGraw and F. Restagno.

See detailed description here >download

mini-symposium « Interfaces in confined media : from inert to living », Grenoble, 27-31 August, 2018

Dear all,

The deadline for abstract submission to the mini-symposium « Interfaces in confined media : from inert to living » has been extended to Thursday, 26th. We are looking forward meeting you there.

This mini-symposium aims to discuss the effects of confinement on the creation, dynamics and transport of bubbles, drops and more generally interfaces. At different scales, this problematics relates to various systems, from micro- or mesoporous media, either man-made either natural (rock), to living organisms (cells, plants, trees,…), including micro- or nanofluidic devices (labs-on-chips). Confinement affects non only transport, through hydrodynamics, but also energetics of interfaces through several effects (direct influence of boundaries, elastic deformation of the confining medium, compressibility of the fluid,…).
One or two invited talks, with a wide scope and complementary to the semi-plenary talk on the physics of plants, will set up the background and introduce the theoretical or experimental contributions selected among the propositions of the participants.

Keywords (non exhaustive): wetting / drops, bubbles, interfaces / porous media / plants / microfluidics / textured surfaces / individual and collective effects / foams / nucleation and cavitation / phase transition(s), critical behaviour / elastohydrodynamics

Organisators : Xavier Noblin (InPhyNi, Nice) – Catherine Quilliet (LiPhy, Grenoble) – Pierre-Etienne Wolf (Institut Néel, Grenoble)

Site JMC :

PDF for MS: >>download

See you soon in Grenoble !

Postdoc at Institut de Physique des Rennes

2 years post-doc at Institut de Physique des Rennes funded by CNRS Momentum program

more info can be found in the attached pdf


mini-colloque « Interfaces en milieu confiné : de l’inerte au vivant », Société Française de Physique (Grenoble, 27-31 août 2018)

Bonjour à tous,

   Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer la tenue du mini-colloque « Interfaces en milieu confiné : de l’inerte au vivant », aux 16e Journées de la Matière Condensée de la Société Française de Physique (Grenoble, 27-31 août 2018).

   Ce mini-colloque se propose de discuter les effets du confinement sur la création, la dynamique, et le transport de bulles, gouttes, ou plus généralement d’interfaces. À différentes échelles, cette problématique concerne des systèmes variés, allant de milieux micro- ou mésoporeux synthétiques ou naturels (roches) aux systèmes vivants (cellules, plantes, arbres, …) en passant par les systèmes micro- ou nanofluidiques (lab-on-a-chip). Dans ces systèmes, le confinement affecte non seulement le transport à travers les effets hydrodynamiques, mais aussi l’énergétique des interfaces à travers plusieurs effets (interaction directe avec les parois du milieu confinant, déformation élastique de ce milieu, compressibilité du fluide, …).

   Un ou deux exposés invités généraux poseront le décor et introduiront des contributions expérimentales ou théoriques, sélectionnées parmi les propositions des participants au mini-colloque pour une présentation orale ou un poster. Pour cela, déposer vos abstracts avant le 15/04/2018 sur : en choisissant le mini-colloque MMB2.

Mots-clés (liste non exhaustive) : mouillage / gouttes, bulles, interfaces / milieux poreux / végétal / micro-fluidique / surfaces texturées / effets individuels et collectifs / mousses / nucléation et cavitation / transition(s) de phase, comportement critique / élastohydrodynamique

Organisateurs : Xavier Noblin (InPhyNi, Nice) – Catherine Quilliet (LiPhy, Grenoble) – Pierre-Etienne Wolf (Institut Néel, Grenoble)

En espérant vous voir bientôt à Grenoble

Postdoc sur la fragmentation en turbulence à l’IRPHE

Postdoctoral position in Fragmentation of brittle objects in turbulence

voir l’annonce du post-doc en pdf


Postdoc position in nano-enabled devices at Ecole Polytechnique

Voir l’ annonce
de postdoc proposé par L. Bodelot (LMS) et B. Lebental (LPICM), Ecole Polytechnique.
Sujet du post-doctorat: Characterization of damage mechanisms in nano-enabled devices
Date limite des candidatures: 20 avril 2018
Début du post-doctorat: à partir de juin 2018

Mechanics and Physics of Soft Materials, SES, Madrid, October 10-12, 2018

Dear colleagues,

As you may know, the 55th Society of Engineering Science (SES) Annual Technical Meeting will take place from October 12 to 14, 2018, in Madrid, Spain.

At the invitation of the organizers, we are putting together the Mini-Symposium 4.4 on the “Mechanics and Physics of Soft Materials” (see We would like to invite you (or one of your students or collaborators) to participate in our mini-symposium.

The deadline for abstract submission ( is April 15, 2018.

For more information, please visit the conference website:

We hope that you can accept this invitation and look forward to seeing you in Madrid,

Mini-Symposium Scope:

The study of soft materials continues to drive our community into new exciting directions. This mini-symposium will address recent experimental, theoretical, and computational advances in the mechanics and physics of solids capable of undergoing large deformations in response to mechanical, electromagnetic, chemical, and thermal stimuli. Topics of particular interest include:

  • Electroactive and magnetoactive elastomers
  • Gels
  • Shape-memory polymers
  • Liquid crystal elastomers
  • Multi-scale computational modelling of soft active solids
  • Instabilities in soft active solids with and without microstructure
  • Fracture and healing of elastomers and gels

With best regards

Oscar Lopez-Pamies (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Kostas Danas (CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, France)

Mechano-chemistry of active materials, SES, Madrid, October 10-12, 2018

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The 2018 conference of the Society of Engineering Sciences (   will be October 10-12, 2018 in Madrid.  We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to symposium 4.6 – Mechano-chemistry active materials.  Abstract submission opens on February, 1 2018 and closes on April 2, 2018.

This symposium brings researchers from a variety of backgrounds together for an exchange of ideas related to theory, computation, and experimentation in the area of mechano-chemistry active materials. Hoping to support mixing of ideas as well as setting new collaborations, we are looking forward to getting contributions including, but not limited to, following topics:

  • Chemically actuated biological tissues
  • Mimicking natural actuators by chemistry
  • Degradation and aging effects in ionic membranes
  • Gels
  • 4D printed materials
  • Coupled mechano-chemical oscillators
  • Mechanics and shape control of thin chemically activated structures
  • Mechanics and chemistry interplay in shooting mechanisms
  • Swelling behavior of fibered gels
  • Shape-morphing systems
  • Hydrogel composites


S.A. Chester (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Nardinocchi (Sapienza Università di Roma)