I would like to inform you about the 1st International Conference on Materials Design and Applications 2016 will take place in Porto, Portugal, 30 June - 1 July 2016 ( The conference venue is the campus of Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), which offers excellent facilities for high quality scientific interactions. FEUP is located in the town of Porto in the Northern region of Portugal. Porto is a beautiful and lively city, steeped in history and rich in great experiences. With its magnificent location by the Atlantic coast, Porto is the city of the world famous Port Wine and the River Douro.

The conference is chaired by me. The focus is on fundamental research and application areas in the field of the design and application of engineering materials, predominantly within the context of mechanical engineering applications such as automobile, railway, marine, aerospace, biomedical, pressure vessel technology, turbine technology, etc. This includes a wide range of materials engineering and technology, including metals, e.g., lightweight metallic materials, polymers, composites, and ceramics. Advanced applications would include manufacturing in the new or newer materials, testing methods, multi-scale experimental and computational aspects (e.g. micro- and nano-scale techniques). The scientific committee includes A Ferreira (University of Porto, Portugal), A A Fernandes (University of Porto, Portugal), A J Brunner (EMPA Duebendorf, Switzerland), A Öchsner (Griffith University, Australia), A Torres Marques (University of Porto, Portugal), A S Pouzada (University of Minho, Portugal), B Vaidhyanathan (Loughborough University, UK), C Sato (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan), D Chen (Ryerson University, Canada), E Dragoni (Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy), E Sancaktar (The University of Akron, USA), F J Lino Alves (University of Porto, Portugal), G B Chai (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), J A M Ferreira (University of Coimbra, Portugal), J Bordado (IST, Portugal), J Cesar Sá (University of Porto, Portugal), J Seabra (University of Porto, Portugal), K-T Lau (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), L F Malheiros (University of Porto, Portugal), M L Scott (Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Composites, Australia), M Thouless (University of Michigan, USA), M Freitas (IST, Portugal), M Vieira (University of Porto, Portugal), P Martins (IST, Portugal), P P Camanho (University of Porto, Portugal), P Tavares de Castro (University of Porto, Portugal), R D Adams (University of Oxford, UK), R Natal (University of Porto, Portugal), S Leen (NUI Galway, Ireland), S Ujihashi (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan), W M Banks (University of Strathclyde, UK), X Zhang (Cranfield University, UK)., Y-C Lin (Central South University, China) and Z-Y Ma (Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, China).

Authors who wish to make a presentation (oral or poster) are requested to submit a short abstract (one single A4 page possibly with a diagram and references) in English, by 11 March 2016. The abstracts should be sent electronically to lucas at The abstract template can be downloaded from the conference web site ( Conference proceedings (CD-ROM) with the accepted abstracts will be available at registration. The CD-ROM will have an ISBN number. Full papers will be published in a special issue of Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications (SAGE) and in a book of the book series Advanced Structured Materials (SPRINGER) (provided they meet the quality standards). The full papers (not compulsory) should be sent to: lucas at before the 30th of June 2016. The text should be in single column format and double line spacing.

Important dates

11 March 2016 Abstract submission deadline
31 March 2016 Notification of acceptance to authors
15 April 2016 Early bird registration (registration form available soon on the Conference web site)

Yours sincerely,

Lucas F M da Silva
Editor in Chief of Journal of Materials: Design and Applications
Editor in Chief of The Journal of Adhesion
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering (DEMec)
Faculty of Engineering of the
University of Porto (FEUP) Portugal