Research Training Group 2154 - Materials for Brain

RTG Colloquium talk by Prof. Dr. Richard D. James: Atomistically inspired origami

Department of Aerospace Engineering Mechanics, University of Minnesota, USA

Jan 16, 2020 12:45 PM to Feb 21, 2020 02:00 PM

TF, Aquarium

World population is growing approximately linearly at about 80 million per year. As time goes by, there is necessarily less space per per-son. Perhaps this is why the scientific community seems to be ob-sessed with folding things. We present a mathematical approach to “rigid folding” inspired by the way atomistic structures form naturally. Their characteristic features in molecular science imply desirable fea-tures for macroscopic structures, especially 4D structures that de-form. Origami structures, in turn, suggest an unusual way to look at the Periodic Table.

Richard James

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