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Hot Article: The role of material structure and mechanical properties in cell-matrix interactions

When thinking about movement of the human body it is often thought about it in terms of muscles contracting and relaxing, joints bending and straightening, but I don’t think I have ever thought about movement on a cellular level.

During movement cells in our bodies are subject to mechanical force and as a result they are stretched, sheared and compressed. Many cells passively experience this force and some have even evolved to be particularly sensitive to it and act as sensors – such as the tiny hairs present inside the human ear.

However, some cells are a bit more active and can actually exert their own mechanical force on the environment around them. This interaction is used to achieve various physiological functions like the healing of tissue, fighting infection and growth and differentiation of cells. In order to carry out these functions the cells must be able to sense and understand the mechanical context of the world around them.

This review summarises the evolution of the area of science focused on understanding the mechanobiology of cells and tissues and how different properties of their surrounding environment can be analysed both scientifically and by the cell itself. It also goes further to discuss of different material properties effect the mechanosensing of cells.  Whilst this is still a developing field this review gives a good overview of where our present understanding is at and what limitations there are to overcome in the future.

The role of material structure and mechanical propertie in cell-matrix interactions
Nicholas D. Evans and Eileen Gentleman
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2014, 2, 2345-2356. C3TB21604G

H. L. Parker is a guest web writer for the Journal of Materials Chemistry blog. She currently works at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, the University of York.

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Themed Issue on the Fabrication Technology of Nanomaterials

Fabrication Technology of Nanomaterials brings together scaleable, high throughput nano and multiscale fabricaton techniques applied to pultifunctional materials.  The aim of thi sissue is to highlight the important contributions in this research area as well as highlighting the impact of nanostructured materials.

This issue was Guest Edited by Professor Fabio Biscarini and Dr massimilliano Cavallini of the Institute of Nanostructured Materials, CNR Bologna, Italy.  The full issue can be found here.

Below is a sample of the Papers, Applications, Communication and Feature Articles that can be found in the fabrication technology of nanomaterials themed issue:

Feature Article

Continuous and high-throughput nanopatterning methodologies based on mechanical deformation
Jong G. Ok, Se Hyun Ahn, Moon Kyu Kwak and L. Jay Guo

Application

Micro/nano-scale materials and structures for constructing neuronal networks and addressing neurons
Zhuo Huang and Xingyu Jiang

Communication

Nanofabrication of TaS2 conducting layers nanopatterned with Ta2O5 insulating regions via AFM
Eugenio Coronado, Alicia Forment-Aliaga, Efren Navarro-Moratalla, Elena Pinilla-Cienfuegos and Andres Castellanos-Gomez

Paper

Carbon nanorods and graphene-like nanosheets by hot filament CVD: growth mechanisms and electron field emission
B. B. Wang, K. Ostrikov, T. van der Laan, K. Zheng, J. J. Wang, Y. P. Yan and X. J. Quan

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Themed Issue on The Chemistry of Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials

Photonic crystals attract tremendous interest due to their ability to manipulate light.  The Chemistry of Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials provides discussion on several effective fabrication techniques for 2D and 3D colloidal photonic crystals as well as many other topics in this fast developing field.

Guest editors Yadong Yin and Jianping Ge introduce the issue in their editorial. The full issue can be found here.

Below is a sample of the Papers, Highlights, Communications and Feature Articles that can be found in The Chemistry of Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials themed issue:

Feature Articles

Stimuli-responsive opals: colloidal crystals and colloidal amorphous arrays for use in functional structurally colored materials
Yukikazu Takeoka

Magnetically controllable colloidal photonic crystals: unique features and intriguing applications
Haibo Hu, Changle Chen and Qianwang Chen

Highlight Articles

Active lasing from organic colloidal photonic crystals
Seiichi Furumi

Communications

Linear thermosensitivity of gel-immobilized tunable colloidal photonic crystals
Hitomi Sugiyama, Tsutomu Sawada, Hiroki Yano and Toshimitsu Kanai

Papers

Maleimide-containing polymer inverse opals: a new kind of reactive photonic structure with significant extendibility
Haowei Yang, Xuesong Li, Yue Lan, Tian Tian, Jiecheng Cui, Tao Zhu, Dezhong Shen and Guangtao Li

Polydopamine-based photonic crystal structures
Yin Jiang, Yue Lan, Xianpeng Yin, Haowei Yang, Jiecheng Cui, Tao Zhu and Guangtao Li

Magnetically rewritable photonic ink based on superparamagnetic nanochains
Mingsheng Wang, Le He, Yongxing Hu and Yadong Yin

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Themed Issue on Nanoparticles in Biology

Nanoparticles in Biology brings together outstanding work from a diverse range of scientific discipines for biomedical applications. We may be approaching an age when nanoparticle applications will become increasingly more common within medicine and biology.

Guest editors Dan Peer, Nathan Gianneschi and Dan Luo introduce the issue in their editorial. The full issue can be found here.

Below is a sample of the Papers, Highlights and Feature Articles that can be found in the nanoparticles in biology themed issue:

Feature Articles

Synthesis of nanoparticles, their biocompatibility and toxicity behavior for biomedical applications
Anurag Gautam and Frank C.J.M. van Veggel

Recent trends in the use of lipidic nanoparticles as pharmaceutical carriers for cancer therapy and diagnostics
Samuel V. Mussi and Vladimir P. Torchilin

Highlights

Filomicelles in nanomedicine – from flexible, fragmentable, and ligand-targetable drug carrier designs to combination therapy for brain tumors
Nuria Sancho Oltra, Joe Swift, Adbullah Mahmud, Karthikan Rajagopal, Sharon M. Loverde and Dennis E. Discher

Papers

Localization of gadolinium-loaded CPMV to sites of inflammation during central nervous system autoimmunity
Leah P. Shriver, Emily M. Plummer, Diane M. Thomas, Samuel Ho and Marianne Manchester

Nanoengineering gold particle composite fibers for cardiac tissue engineering
Michal Shevach, Ben M. Maoz, Ron Feiner, Assaf Shapira and Tal Dvir  

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Call for Papers: Themed Issue on Flexible Electronics

Journal of Materials Chemistry C is planning to produce a themed issue on Flexible Electronics in 2014.  Please e-mail the Editorial Office at materialsC-rsc@rsc.org if you are interested in contributing an article. The Guest Editors for this issue are Guozhen Shen (Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Chongwu Zhou (University of Southern California, USA), Yoshio Bando (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan) and Lei Liao (Wuhan University, China).

This themed issue will cover all the aspects of the recent exciting progress in flexible electronics, including the synthesis, characterisation, and nanostructure of functional materials for flexible electronics applications including flexible displays, electronic textiles, sensory skins and active antennas. Our aim is to highlight the remarkable contributions made by the leading scientists in this important research area and the broad impact of flexible electronics.

PLEASE NOTE THAT INVITATIONS TO THIS ISSUE HAVE NOW CLOSED

Manuscripts can be submitted using the RSC’s online article submission service. Please clearly state that the manuscript is submitted in response to the call for papers for the themed issue on Flexible Electronics.

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Rising Stars and Young Nanoarchitects in Materials Science web collection published

We’re delighted to announce that the Rising Stars and Young Nanoarchitects in Materials Science web collection has now been published!

Guest Edited by Katsuhiko Ariga (MANA National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan) and Martin Pumera (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), the collection highlights the activities of rising stars in nanomaterials chemistry. All the articles in the collection have been made free to access for a short time. The collection can be found here.

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Themed Issue on Porous Carbon Materials now published

Porous carbon materials are at the heart of many energy-related and environmental applications.  This themed issue in Journal of Materials Chemistry A covers all aspects of the recent exciting progress in the field, including the synthesis, functionalization, nanostructure, characterization, and application of porous carbons.

Guest editors An-Hui Lu and Sheng Dai introduce the issue in their editorial. The full issue can be found here.

Below is a sample of the Papers, Communications, Highlights and Feature Articles that can be found in the porous carbon materials themed issue:

Feature Articles

Functionalization of porous carbons for catalytic applications
José Luís Figueiredo

Advanced porous carbon electrodes for electrochemical capacitors
Li Li Zhang, Yi Gu and X. S. Zhao

Highlights

Dynamic electrosorption analysis: a viable liquid-phase characterization method for porous carbon?
Chi Cheng, Junwu Zhu, Xiaowei Yang, Ling Qiu, Yufei Wang and Dan Li  

Communications

Salt and sugar: direct synthesis of high surface area carbon materials at low temperatures via hydrothermal carbonization of glucose under hypersaline conditions
Nina Fechler, Stephanie-Angelika Wohlgemuth, Philipp Jäker and Markus Antonietti  

Papers

Synthesis of hierarchical porous carbons for supercapacitors from coal tar pitch with nano-Fe2O3 as template and activation agent coupled with KOH activation
Xiaojun He, Nan Zhao, Jieshan Qiu, Nan Xiao, Moxin Yu, Chang Yu, Xiaoyong Zhang and Mingdong Zheng

Preparation of a freestanding, macroporous reduced graphene oxide film as an efficient and recyclable sorbent for oils and organic solvents
Seung Jae Yang, Jong Hun Kang, Haesol Jung, Taehoon Kim and Chong Rae Park  
 

Magnetic hollow carbon nanospheres for removal of chromium ions
Lu-Hua Zhang, Qiang Sun, Dong-Hai Liu and An-Hui Lu

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Themed issue on Carbon Bioelectronics now published

The Journal of Materials Chemistry B themed issue on Carbon Bioelectronics has now been published online.
This themed issue highlights the unique advantages carbon-based electronic materials bring to the field of bioelectronics. Guest editors Mohammad Reza Abidian, Andrew T. S. Wee and George G. Malliaras introduce the issue in their editorial. The full issue can be found here.

Below is a sample of the Papers, Communications, Applications and Feature Articles that can be found in the Carbon Bioelectronics themed issue:

Feature Articles:
Hydrogen-bonds in molecular solids- from biological systems to organic electronics
Eric Daniel Głowacki, Mihai Irimia-Vladu, Siegfried Bauer and Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci

Applications:
Water-gated organic field effect transistors – opportunities for biochemical sensing and extracellular signal transduction
T. Cramer, A. Campana, F. Leonardi, S. Casalini, A. Kyndiah, M. Murgia and F. Biscarini 

Communications:
Self-deployable current sources fabricated from edible materials
Young Jo Kim, Sang-Eun Chun, Jay Whitacre and Christopher J. Bettinger

Papers:
Thin film hydrophilic electroactive polymer coatings for bioelectrodes
Sungchul Baek, Rylie Green, Anthony Granville, Penny Martens and Laura Poole-Warren 

PEDOT:gelatin composites mediate brain endothelial cell adhesion
Manuelle Bongo, Orawan Winther-Jensen, Scott Himmelberger, Xenofon Strakosas, Marc Ramuz, Adel Hama, Eleni Stavrinidou, George G. Malliaras, Alberto Salleo, Bjorn Winther-Jensen and Roisin M. Owens

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Themed Issue on Nanotechnology of Multifunctional Materials

Journal of Materials Chemistry C is planning to produce a themed issue on Nanotechnology of Multifunctional Materials in 2013. Please e-mail the editorial office at materialsC-rsc@rsc.org, if you are interested in contributing an article.

The Guest Editors of the issue will be Professor Fabio Biscarini (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy) and Dr Massimiliano Cavallini (Institute of Nanostructured Materials, CNR Bologna, Italy).

Molecular and polymeric multifunctional materials are relevant to many fields of technology, from optoelectronics, spintronics, information storage, magnetism, biosensing and energy production. They are designed to combine multiple properties and functional groups to control their self-organisation into a variety of supramolecular architectures. The technological control should not be limited to either the molecular level or in bulk, instead should span the different length scales. Devices require the control of size and position, and the integration of different materials.

The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts for this themed issue is 1 July 2013

Manuscripts can be submitted using the RSC’s online submissions service. Please clearly mark that the manuscript is submitted for the themed issue on ‘Nanotechnology of Multifunctional Materials’.

Please would you inform the editorial office by e-mail at materialsC-rsc@rsc.org as soon as possible if you plan to submit to the issue and whether your contribution will be original research or a review-type article. We would like to have a list of authors who intend to contribute as soon as possible.

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Themed Issue on Nanoparticles in Biology

Journal of Materials Chemistry B is planning to produce a themed issue on Nanoparticles in Biology in 2013. Please e-mail the editorial office at materialsB-rsc@rsc.org, if you are interested in contributing an article.

The Guest Editors of the issue will be Professors Dan Luo (Dalian Cornell University, USA) Nathan Gianneschi (University of California, San Diego, USA) and Dan Peer (Tel Aviv University, Israel).

Advances in nanoscale science and bio-nanoengineering are revolutionizing our understanding and ability to manipulate complex biological processes as well as the way health care is administered. These approaches and innovations, collectively termed as nanomedicine, are on the verge of improving disease prevention, detection, treatment and management. It is perceivable that future developments in biopharmaceuticals will increasingly become driven by advances in enabling technologies such as genomics, proteomics, pharmacogenomics, and toxicogenomics and combine it with nano-scaled based technologies to enhance diagnosis and therapeutics of various diseases. This themed issue of Journal of Materials Chemistry B will focus on original papers detailing novel generation, characterization, applications and toxicity of different types of nanocarriers for various biomedical applications.

The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts for this themed issue is 15 April 2013.

Manuscripts can be submitted using the RSC’s online submissions service. Please clearly mark that the manuscript is submitted for the themed issue on ‘Nanoparticles in Biology’.

Please would you inform the editorial office by e-mail at materialsB-rsc@rsc.org as soon as possible if you plan to submit to the issue and whether your contribution will be original research or a review-type article. We would like to have a list of authors who intend to contribute as soon as possible.

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