Materials Today is proud to showcase the 2016 Elsevier Distinguished Lecture sponsored by Elsevier and Rutgers Mechanical Aerospace Engineering.

To view the live event presented by Prof. Lambert Ben Freund on Wednesday April 27th , 2016, visit

Prof. Freund from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be discussing ‘Force induced on an elastic filament confined in a thermal environment’.

When immersed in warm water, an elastic filament such as actin or DNA will typically undergo random fluctuations in shape that are driven by thermal activity in the water. If such motions are restricted to lie within the interior of a tube or some other confining surface, then a pressure is generated on that surface as a result of the thermal motion of the filament. A statistical approach is described which leads to an estimate of such a confining pressure.

Click here to view past recordings of previous Distinguished Lectures in Mechanics.