Top 10 Most-accessed Soft Matter articles – Q4 2016

This month sees the following articles in Soft Matter that are in the top ten most accessed from October – December 2016:

Why not take a look at the articles today and blog your thoughts and comments below.

Durable and scalable icephobic surfaces: similarities and distinctions from superhydrophobic surfaces
H. Sojoudi, M. Wang, N. D. Boscher, G. H. McKinley and K. K. Gleason
Soft Matter, 2016,12, 1938-1963
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02295A

Ultra-thin conductive free-standing PEDOT/PSS nanofilms
Francesco Greco, Alessandra Zucca, Silvia Taccola, Arianna Menciassi, Toshinori Fujie, Hiroki Haniuda, Shinji Takeoka, Paolo Dario and Virgilio Mattoli
Soft Matter, 2011,7, 10642-10650
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06174G

The pH-responsive behaviour of poly(acrylic acid) in aqueous solution is dependent on molar mass
Thomas Swift, Linda Swanson, Mark Geoghegan and Stephen Rimmer
Soft Matter, 2016,12, 2542-2549
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02693H

Dynamic orientation transition of the lyotropic lamellar phase at high shear rates
Shuji Fujii and Yuki Yamamoto
Soft Matter, 2015,11, 9330-9341
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM01755F

Soft and hard nanomaterials for restoration and conservation of cultural heritage
Piero Baglioni and Rodorico Giorgi
Soft Matter, 2006,2, 293-303
DOI: 10.1039/B516442G

Ultra-low voltage electrowetting using graphite surfaces
Deborah J. Lomax, Pallav Kant, Aled T. Williams, Hollie V. Patten, Yuqin Zou, Anne Juel and Robert A. W. Dryfe
Soft Matter, 2016,12, 8798-8804
DOI: 10.1039/C6SM01565D

Manipulation of micro- and nanostructure motion with magnetic fields
Roger S. M. Rikken, Roeland J. M. Nolte, Jan C. Maan, Jan C. M. van Hest, Daniela A. Wilson and Peter C. M. Christianen
Soft Matter, 2014,10, 1295-1308
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM52294F

Liquid marbles: topical context within soft matter and recent progress
G. McHale and M. I. Newton
Soft Matter, 2015,11, 2530-2546
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM00084J

Oil-in-oil emulsions stabilised solely by solid particles
Bernard P. Binks and Andrew T. Tyowua
Soft Matter, 2016,12, 876-887
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02438B

Fracture toughness of hydrogels: measurement and interpretation
Rong Long and Chung-Yuen Hui
Soft Matter, 2016,12, 8069-8086
DOI: 10.1039/C6SM01694D

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29th European Symposium on Applied Thermodynamics

May 18-21, 2017 in Bucharest, Romania

ESAT

18 – 21 May, 2017, Bucharest, Romania

Abstract submission extended to 31st January 2017. Early bird registration is open – book before 15th February 2017!

The European Symposium on Applied Thermodynamics (ESATB) was founded in 1974 by Professor Helmut Knapp in order to bring together researchers from academia and industry from all over the world.

The ESAT2017 conference aims to cover new experimental achievements, prediction of thermophysical properties of complex systems, molecular and statistical thermodynamics, molecular modeling and simulation. The conference offers the opportunity to present state-of-the-art research on various topics and aims to generate fruitful scientific discussions and collaborations. Plenary lectures, oral presentations and poster sessions will make sure that this interaction is made. The ESAT conference is organized in cooperation with the Working Party on Thermodynamics and Transport Properties: the EFCE Excellence award will be granted on that occasion to an young researcher who has contributed significantly to the field.
A special session will be hosted on Teaching Thermodynamics.

Invited speakers:

  • Prof. Ioannis Economou (Texas A&M University of Qatar, Qatar): “Thermodynamics of fluids in confinement: Molecular models and property predictions
  • Prof. Horia Iovu (University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania): “Polymer – based nanocomposites. New methods and concepts
  • Dr. Michael Kleiber (Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG, Bad Soden / Taunus, Germany): “Thermodynamics in Qatar
  • Prof. Eugénia A. Macedo (University of Porto, Portugal): “ATPS for the Recovery of Biomolecules: Characterisation and Application
  • Prof. Dan Vladimir Nichita (University of Pau, France)
  • Prof. Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos (Princeton University, United States of America): “Electrolyte solutions: Simulation challenges and the quest for better models
  • Prof. Romain Privat (University of Lorraine, France): “How to parameterize SAFT and cubic equations of state to boost their performance
  • Prof. J.P. Martin Trusler (Imperial College London, United Kingdom): “Phase Behaviour, Volumetric and Caloric Properties of CO2-Hydrocarbon Mixtures: Experiments and Modelling
  • Prof. Thijs J.H. Vlugt (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands): “Solubility of precombustion gasses and sulfur components in ionic liquids and physical solvents by Monte Carlo simulations
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Soft Matter Best Poster Prize awarded

On behalf of the Soft Matter Editorial Board, with the help of jury members, we are delighted to announce Mr. Raj Kumar Manna, from Complex Fluid & Biological Physics Lab IIT Madras, India, as the winner of the “Best Poster Prize” by Soft Matter at ICSM 2016 for his poster on “Colloidal transport by active filaments”. Congratulations!

Mr. Raj Kumar Manna (front, left) receiving the prize from Prof. Holger Stark (front, right), Prof. Volker Abetz (back, right) and Dr. Kamlendra Awasthi (back middle)

The poster prize was awarded by Prof. Holger Stark (TU, Berlin Germany) along with Prof. Volker Abetz (HZG, Geesthacht, Germany) and Dr. Kamlendra Awasthi (University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India).

We would like to thank the organisers of ICSM 2016 for their collaboration with the award ceremony.

Please join us in congratulating Raj in his fantastic achievement!

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Soft Matter Emerging Investigators issue now online


Issue 1 of Volume 13 of Soft Matter is an Emerging Investigators special issue, highlighting the recent work of leading researchers in the field who are in the earlier stages of their careers as group leaders.

The collection showcases both experimental and theoretical work from around the globe, and features investigations across a wide diversity of soft materials, including polymers, liquid crystals, nanoparticles, foams, emulsions and biological matter.

Check out the Editorial by Executive Editor Neil Hammond.

 

A few articles from the themed issue are highlighted below

Drop morphologies on flexible fibers: influence of elastocapillary effects
Alban Sauret, François Boulogne, Katarzyna Somszor, Emilie Dressaire and Howard A. Stone

Dynamic dilution exponent in monodisperse entangled polymer solutions
T. Shahid, Q. Huang, F. Oosterlinck, C. Clasen and E. van Ruymbeke

Ion specificities of artificial macromolecules
Lvdan Liu, Ran Kou and Guangming Liu  

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Biocompatible hydrogel focuses on lenses

By Suzanne Howson for Chemistry World

A bioinspired smart material that swells and contracts could be used to make optical lenses

Biocompatible hydrogel

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry
The researchers designed a flexible lens using their biocompatible hydrogel


Scientists in China have designed a biocompatible hydrogel based on the bilayer structure of plant organs. The material, which can swell and contract in response to pH changes, could be used to make optical lenses.

Plant organs like pine cones and wheat awns have inspired scientists to design smart materials that can undergo 3D shape transformations in response to external triggers, such as pH changes. However these materials are often made from synthetic polymers, which can limit their biocompatibility.


Read the full story by Suzanne Howson in Chemistry World.



This article is free to access until 25 January 2016.

J Duan et al., Soft Matter, 2017. DOI: 10.1039/C6SM02089E

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