Composites at Lake Louise-2015

An ECI Conference Series

November 8-12, 2015
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Alberta, Canada

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Abstract Submission Deadline : June 15, 2015

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About This Conference


This is the 10th conference in this series.  Whereas most conferences focus on a single theme, Composites at Lake Louise (CALL) brings together researchers in structural, functional and biological materials. As with the previous nine conferences, the format remains specifically designed to foster exchanges between scientists from academia, government and industry – and across disciplines of emphasis.  Attendance is by invitation.


The 2015 Composites at Lake Louise Conference starts on the afternoon of Sunday, November 8 with a plenary presentation and continues into the evening with shorter presentations. Each day thereafter starts with a plenary presentation and then the participants diverge into three parallel focused sessions.

After lunch, the afternoon is free for walking, hiking, discussions and explorations (scientific as well as nature-based).

On selected days a poster session commences at 4:30 p.m. Following dinner each evening is a general session of longer talks and discussions by leaders of their fields to the entire audience.

The conference will close at noon on Thursday, November 12.

Conference Organization

Conference Co-Chairs:

Jim Smay, Oklahoma State University (

Organizing Subcommittees
(as of November 21, 2014)

Biomaterials Subcommittee:
Van Thompson, Dianne Rekow  Helmut Coelfen

Functional Materials Subcommittee:
Jennifer Lewis, Ned Thomas,  Philippe Knauth,  Nobuhito Imanaka,
Hitoshi Takamura, Anke Weidenkaff

Structural Materials Subcommittee:
Christopher Crouse, Rob Ritchie,  David Marshall,  Jamie Grunlan

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Deadline: June 15, 2015

One page abstracts that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of proposed oral presentation or poster are invited. Abstracts should be submitted electronically at

Conference Venue


In a park full of stunning places, Lake Louise could well take the top prize.  This lake in the Rocky Mountains has become one of the most photographed landscapes in Canada and is symbolic of the quintessentially Canadian mountain scene.  It is located about 60 km northwest of Banff.  The closest international airport is in Calgary.  The lake (about 2.5 km long and 90 meters deep) itself is a robin-egg blue, surrounded by a mountainous amphitheater of overwhelming beauty.  The Victoria Glacier is at the far end, while Mount Temple and the surrounding mountains paint a natural picture that could not be more aesthetically pleasing.    The lake is 5 km from the small town of the same name – about a 45 minute walk along a footpath.   The park is a year round playground in the Canadian wilderness, combining wild alpine beauty with first class amenities.   A four season recreational area offers everything from downhill skiing/snowboarding to hundreds of miles of mountain trails.

Located in the heart of Banff National Park and within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise resort hotel (a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel) is recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism.

The Chateau features a Mountain Heritage Program which will take you on a journey and explain how this hotel has become an icon of Canadian identity for more than 100 years.

The hotel has six restaurants, including the Fairview Dining Room (North American cuisine), Walliser Stube (Swiss menu with international accents), Poppy Brasserie (casual dining for the family), Lago (Italian cuisine), Lakeview Lounge (featuring afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks, and light meals), and the Glacier Saloon (informal fare and beverages in the Western tradition). In addition the Chateau Deli has soup, sandwiches and snacks and is open 24 hours.   The hotel features high speed internet access, spa, health club, an indoor heated pool, and a full business center. 

All rooms offer these features:  alarm clock/radio, cable television (with pay movies and video games), video express check out, ceiling fan and windows that open for fresh air, coffee maker and kettle, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, telephone with voice mail, data line capability, and refreshment center. 

High speed internet is free for members of the Fairmont President’s Club. The President’s Club, Fairmont’s guest rewards program, offers a number of other benefits as well. Details are available on their web site.  To receive free Internet access and other benefits during your stay, enroll in the Fairmont President’s Club. Enrollment is free – sign up here:

The hotel has a Health Club with its indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and steam room (6:30 am – 11L00 pm) and a spa.

There are a myriad of outdoor activities available to guests. 

Travel Information

Shuttle buses from Calgary Airport to Lake Louise

Note: Information is provided for your convenience.  ECI has no agreement with any shuttle company.

We suggest that you check the shuttle timetable prior to booking your flight. 

Brewster Banff Airport Express (

Reservations: Phone: 1-877-625-4372 or 1-403-762-6767 or on the website.

Brewster offers free Wifi on their buses.

Reservations are required for all pick-up locations.

Prices do not include GST, National Park entry fees*, or driver gratuities.

By Private Vehicle

Should you decide to travel by private vehicle, you can expect that the trip will take approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes. 

-       Take the only exit road leaving Calgary Airport (it becomes Barlow Trail)
-       Take Barlow Trail South to 16th Avenue
-       Make a right (to the west) onto 16th Avenue
-       16th Avenue becomes the TransCanada Highway 1, which takes you to Banff (approximately 45-60 minutes)
-       Stop at the Banff National Park Gates to obtain your Park Pass (*fee charged)
-       Continuing on the TransCanada Highway, follow signs for Lake Louise
-       Approximately 40-45 minutes past the town of Banff, take the turn-off for Lake Louise
-       Turn left at the intersection, proceed through 2 stop signs, and continue on this road for 2.4 miles.

*Banff National Park, like most national and historic parks throughout the Canadian Rockies, operates on a fee based system to support the maintenance of the parks.  A park pass is required when entering the park.  Park passes are determined based on the number of people travelling and the type of vehicle entering the park.  The pass must be displayed on the left side of the vehicle dashboard.  A daily pass is valid until 4 pm following the day of entry.  A Discovery Pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase.  (The annual pass is approximately the same price as the pass for seven days and allows unlimited opportunities to visit 27 participating national parks and 77 national historic sites and national marine conservation areas in Canada for a period of 12 months.)

The following definitions apply to entry and service fee categories unless otherwise specified:

Adult:    Person 17 to 64 years of age
Senior: Person 65 years of age or over
Family/Group: Up to seven people arriving at the national park in a single vehicle.  

Please check this web site for 2015 park fees.

Fees and Registration

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Preliminary Program

Confirmed Presentations
(May 12, 2015)

Adair, Jim, Penn State University, USA
“Dispersion of powders in complex systems”

Apblett, Christopher A.,  Sandia National Labs, USA
“Reactive Ni-Al nanostructured composites through electrochemical dispersion deposition”

Ardebili, Haleh, University of Houston, USA
“Flexible Li ion batteries with solid polymer nanocomposite electrolytes”

Bahr, David, Purdue University, USA
“Composite metallic nanofoam structures”

Baughman, Ray, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
“Fiber composites for energy harvesting, storage, and conversion from artificial muscles to superconducting and biofuel cell textiles”

Beach, Geoffrey,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
“Magneto-ionic composites for voltage control of magnetism”

Beppu,  Marisa, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
“Biomineralization: A natural process to produce composites”

Berglund, Lars, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
“Core-shell nanofibers for controlled nanostructure in biocomposite materials” 

Bouclé,  Johann, Universite de Limoges, France
“Hybrid composites for efficient photovoltaic energy conversion”

Bourbigot, Serge, Universite de Lille, France
“Composites on fire at reduced scale:  Evaluation, characterization and modeling “ 

Bowman, Christopher, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
“Smart, responsive  composites based on polymer networks formed by click chemistry”

Brahman, K. Veera, Advanced Systems Lab., Hyderabad, India
“Gas Chromatography:  A non-contact NDE method for cure monitoring of carbon-phenolic shells of re-entry vehicle structures”

Braun, Paul, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
“Deterministic three dimensional composite structures for energy storage”

Brennecka, Geoffrey, Colorado School of Mines, USA
“Chemical heterogeneity in electroceramics:  The good, the bad, and the difficult to characterize”.

Brinkman, Kyle, Clemson University, USA
“Multiphase ceramic composites in energy conversion and storage”

Chatterjee, Kaushik, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
“Graphene-polymer composites for bone tissue engineering”

Cheng, Zhu, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

Chung, Hyun-Joon, University Alberta, Canada
“Ice formation in ion containing hydrogel films”

Clem, Paul, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
“Thermochromic composite coatings for building energy efficiency”

Composto, Russell, SEAS, University of Pennsylvania, USA
“Directing nanorod assembly in polymer nanocomposite films”

Compton, Brett, SEAS, Harvard University, USA
“3D-printed structural composites with controlled fiber orientation”  (Tentative title)

Conrad, Jacinta C., University of Houston, USA
“Diffusion of nanoparticles in complex media as models of nanocomposites”

Crosby, Al, PSE, University of Massachusetts, USA
“Polymer-nanoparticle mesostructure helices”

Davis, Rick, National Institute of Standards and Technolgy (NIST), USA
“Fire-resistant coatings for flexible substrates?”

Dauskardt, Reinhold, Stanford University, USA
“Fundamental limits of hybrid nanocomposites toughened with molecularly confined polymers” (Tentative title)

Dickey Michael, North Carolina State University, USA
“Shape-reconfigurable liquid metals (Patterning and actuating liquid metals)”

Dillon, Shen J., University of Illinois, USA
“Nanoscale deformation of composite structures and heterophase interfaces”

Dry,  Carolyn, Natural Process Design, Inc., USA
“Self-repair of ceramics and polymer composites for resistance to impact damage”

Duoss, Eric, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
“Three-dimensional printing of elastomeric, cellular architectures”

Eder, Dominik, University of Muenster, Germany
“Nanocarbon-inorganic hybrid materials for sustainable energy applications” 

Elias, Anastasia, University of Alberta, Canada
“Stimulus-responsive and conductive composites for remote sensing applications”

 Esser-Kahn, Aaron, University of California at Irvine, USA
“MicroVaSCular Materials: creating adaptable materials using microvasculature” 

Evans, John S, New York University, USA
“Protein hydrogels:  Nature’s way of harnessing protein disorder to achieve ordered mineral assemblies”                              

Ewsuk, Kevin, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
“Characterization and modeling to design and develop tailored-property filled glass composites”

Fette, Marc, Helmut Schmidt University, Germany
“High efficient material and process combination for future aircraft applications based on advanced sheet molding compound technologies”

Fok, Alex, University of Minnesota, USA
“Structural optimization of fiber-reinforced composite dental bridges” 

Foster, Johan, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
“Stimuli responsive nanocomposites based on cellulose nanocrystals”.

Fratzl, Peter, Max Planck Institute, Germany
“Nanostructure and mechanical behavior of natural protein-based composite materials”

Gilman, Jeffrey, National Institute of Standards and Technolgy(NIST), USA
“Tough, self-reporting, biocomposites using silk and nanocellulose fibers” 

Greer, Julia R., California Institute of Technology, USA
“Materials by design: 3-Dimensional architected nano-meta-materials”

Grunenfelder, Lessa, University of Southern California, USA
“Next generation prepregs for efficient vacuum bag only cure”

Grunlan, Jamie C., Texas A&M University, USA
“Multifunctional multilayer nanocoatings capable of separating gases, killing bacteria and stopping fire“

Hart, Anastasios John, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
“3D-carbon nanotube surfaces”

Hay, Randell, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, USA
“Environmental effects of ceramic matrix composite constituents”

Ho, Rong Ming, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
“Well-ordered nanohybrids and nanoporous materials from block copolymer templates”

Holmes, Gale, National Institute of Standards and Technolgy(NIST), USA
“The break evolution process in composite microcomposites”

Hong, Jae Min, Korean Institue of Science and Technology. Korea
“Development of 3-D deformable FPCB”

Hurd, Alan, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
“Composite materials for energy and sustainable development”

Ikuhara, Yuichi,    Plenary    University of Tokyo School of Engineering, Japan
“Atomistic mechanism of fracture, plastic deformation and grain boundaries in oxide materials”

Imanaka, Nobuhito, University of Osaka, Japan
“The reduction of platinum consumption in environmental catalysts for complete oxidation of volatile organic compounds”

Jayaram, Vikram, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
“Small-scale testing of thin films: A new geometry for stable crack propagation”

Karp, Geoffrey M.,    Plenary    Harvard University, USA
”Towards accelerated medical innovation”

Katti, Dinesh, North Dakota State University, USA
“Role of molecular interactions on the mechanics of nanocomposites”

Katti, Kalpana, North Dakota State University, USA
“Nanoclay-based composite scaffolds for development of novel humanoid environment”

Kessler, Michael, Washington State University, USA
“Thermosetting polymers and composites from agricultural oils”

Kieffer, John, University of Michigan, USA
“Cure kinetics and interfacial phenomena in polymer matrix composites”

Kisailus, David, University of California at Riverside, USA
“Biologically-inspired impact-resistant composites”

Kotov, Nicholas, University of Michigan, USA
“Layered plasmonic composites”

Kriven, Waltraud (Trudy),   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
“Synthesis of silicon carbide, silicon nitride or SiAlON powders from geopolymer precursors”

Kuwabara, Akihide, Japan Fine Ceramic Centre, Japan

Lewis, Jennifer A., Harvard University, USA
“Printing functional and biological matter”

Libanori, Rafael, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
“Design of microstructured composites inspired by nature”      

Liddle, James, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
“Carbon nanocomposites structure and properties:  Insights from TEM tomography”

Liu, Meilin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
“Recent advances in composite electrodes for electrochemical energy storage and conversion”

Martinez, Carlos, Purdue University, USA
“Development of acoustic metamaterials with embedded resonators fabricated from micro- and milli-scale double emulsion drops”

McAlpine, Michael, Princeton University, USA
“3-D printed bionic nanomaterials”

McGuffin-Cawley, James, Case Western Reserve, USA
“Metallurgical control for severe environments”

Milam, Valeria, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
“A non-SELEX approach to select shape-specific aptamers for colloidal spheres and rods”

Minus, Marilyn,  Northeastern University, USA
“Applying the Hall-Petch relation to understanding the mechanical behavior in polymer nano-composites”

Morscher, Gregory N., University of Akron, USA
“Acoustic emission as a method to detect damage in composites and structures”

Narayan, Roger, North Carolina State University, USA
“Laser processing of inorganic-hybrid materials for medical device and tissue engineering applications”

Niebel, Tobias, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
“Magnetically-assisted slip casting as a powerful tool to make bio-inspired composites”

Nuzzo, Ralph,    Plenary    University Illinois, USA
“Composite soft materials integrated in temporal and spatial domains”

Nychka, John, University Alberta, Canada
“Multiscale mechanisms of strengthening and stiffening in bamboo”

Opila, Elizabeth, University of Virginia, USA
“Stability of oxides:  Environmental barrier coating candidate materials in high-temperature, high-velocity steam”

Ozin,  Geoffrey, University Toronto, Canada
“Energy transition: Do we have a Plan B?”

Peijs, Ton, Queen Mary University, UK.
“Core-shell nanofibers for controlled nanostructure in biocomposite materials”

Pokroy, Boaz, Technicon-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
“From natural to bio-inspired hybrid nano-composites: From basics to applications”

Rahbar, Nima, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, UK
“Multiscale mechanisms of strengthening and stiffening in bamboo”

Reaney, Ian, University of Sheffield, UK
“Substitution and sustainability in functional materials and devices”

Regev, Oren, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Ritchie, Robert O., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
“Damage tolerance in natural and bioinspired structural materials”

Rothchild, Avner, Technicon-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
“Iron oxide thin film photoelectrodes for water splitting”

Ruediger, Andreas, INRS-EMT, University of  Quebec, Canada
“Tip-enhanced optical spectroscopy: Chemical and structural images of the nanoworld

Saiz, Gutierrez Eduardo, Imperial College London, UK
“Wet processing of complex ceramic structures”

Samyn, Fabienne, Universite de Lille, France
“Designing fire safe composites”

Schmidt, Daniel, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, USA
“Structural composites from high performance bioepoxies”

Shepherd, Robert, Cornell University, USA
“Co-continuous metal-organic composite skins”

Shim, Moonsub, University of Illinois, USA
“Heterojunction nanorods for optoelectronics”

Shirozaki, Yuki, Kyushu Intitute of Technology, Japan

Shofner, Meisha, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
“Cellulose nanocrystal/polymer composites”

Singh, Gurpreet, Kansas State University, USA
“Chemically-modified graphene-based composite paper electrodes for long-cycle metal-ion batteries” 

Singh, Raj Narain, Oklahoma State University, USA
“Processing, properties and prospects for melt-infiltrated (MI) SiCf-ceramic composites”

Snead, Malcolm, University of South Carolina, USA
“Self-assembly directs enamel formation and regeneration” 

Spoerke, Eric David, Sandia National Laboratory, USA
“Supramolecular peptide composite assemblies:  Mimicking biological form and function in synthetic systems”

“Electric eels: Bizarre natural phenomena or Inspiration for novel nanocomposite energy storage”

Stanciu, Lia, Purdue University, USA
“Fe-Mn bioresorbable metals for orthopedic applications”

Stansbury, Jeffrey, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
“Functional nanogels applied to materials development”.

Takamura, Hitoshi, Tohoku University, Japan
“Development of dual-phase-type gas separation membranes”

Tamerler-Behar, Candan, University of Kansas, USA
“Bio-inspired hard-to-soft interfaces for bio-enabled mineralization”

Temenoff, Johnna, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
“Glycosaminoglycan-based materials to modulate cellular differentiation and function”

Therriault, Daniel, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
“Design of multifunctional composites and their use for the 3-D printing of microsystems” (Tentative title)

Thomas, Edwin L., Rice University, USA
“Dynamical mechanical behavior of graphene and CNT materials under hypersonic projectile penetration”

Tsurumi, Takaaki, Tokyo Institute of Technology. Japan
“Concept and development of solid state ionic capacitors”

Varanasi, Kripa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Watkins, James, University of Massachusetts, USA
“Electronic and optical hybrid materials via self-assembly and nanoimprint lithography”

Watson, Thomas, Pratt & Whitney, USA
“Icosahedral phase strengthened nanocomposites for structural components”

Winey, Karen, SEAS, University of Pennsylvania, USA
“Polymer dynamics in nanocomposites and nano-confinement.”

Wood, Jeff, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Yang, Qingda, University of Miami, USA
“Augmented finite element method for virtual testing of high temperature CMCs”

Ziegler, Kirk, University of Florida, USA
“Controlling the interfacial properties of one-dimensional nanostructures”   

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The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

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