2018 Soft Matter Lectureship is now open for nominations!

Do you know an early-career researcher who deserves recognition for their contribution to the soft matter field?

Now is your chance to put them forward for the accolade they deserve.

Soft Matter is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for its 2018 Lectureship award. This annual award was established in 2009 to honour an early-stage career scientist who has made a significant contribution to the soft matter field.

2017 winner Daeyeon Lee gives his talk at the Colloid and Interface Symposium

Previous winners

2017 – Daeyeon Lee, University of Pennsylvania, USA

2016 – Damien Baigl, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

2015 – Lucio Isa, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

2014 – Eric Dufresne, Yale Univeristy, USA

2013 – Eric Furst, University of Delaware, USA

2012 – Patrick Doyle, MIT, USA

2011 – Michael J. Solomon, University of Michigan, USA

2010 – Bartosz Grzybowski, UNIST, Republic of Korea

2009 – Emanuela Zaccarelli, University of Rome, Italy

Qualification

To be eligible for the Soft Matter Lectureship, the candidate should be in the earlier stages of their scientific career, typically within 12 years of attaining their doctorate or equivalent degree, and will have made a significant contribution to the field.

Description

The recipient of the award will be asked to present a lecture at a meeting in 2018, where they will also be presented with the award. The Soft Matter Editorial Office will provide financial support to the recipient for travel and accommodation costs.

The recipient will also be asked to contribute a lead article to the journal and will have their work showcased free of charge on the front cover of the issue in which their article is published.

Selection

The recipient of the award will be selected and endorsed by the Soft Matter Editorial Board.

Nominations

Those wishing to make a nomination should send details of the nominee, including a brief C.V. and a letter supporting the nomination, to the Soft Matter Editorial Office by 28th February 2018. Self-nomination is not permitted.

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Congratulations to Soft Matter Award Winners at ICBZM2017

The 3rd International Conference on Bioinspired and Zwitterionic Materials

Soft Matter was proud to sponsor ICBZM2017, which took place this year in Tokyo, from the 18th to the 20th October. During the conference two Soft Matter Poster prizes were awarded.

Winners of the Soft Matter poster prize were;

 

Bowen Li (University of Washington), for his poster presentation on ‘Zwitterionic nanocages improve the safety and efficacy of biologic drugs’.

Bowen Li

Bowen Li with Prof. Shaoyi Jiang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary O’Kelly (University of Washington) for her poster presentation on ‘Self-healing ZI micro gels as a versatile platform material for malleable constructs and injectable therapies’.

 

Mary O'Kelly

Mary O’Kelly with Prof. Shaoyi Jiang

 

Congratulations to both Bowen and Mary!

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Congratulations to Soft Matter Award Winners at IUMRS-ICAM 2017

The 15th International Conference on Advanced Materials

Soft Matter was proud to sponsor IUMRS-ICAM 2017, which took place this year in Kyoto, from the 27th August to the 1st of September. Over 1,200 oral presentations and 700 poster presentations were given across the 6-day conference.

There were 7 Soft Matter Award Winners, across 3 different sessions, focusing on ‘Soft Active Interfaces’, ‘Structure and Physical Properties of Polymers in Confined Systems’, and ‘Soft Matter Science and Technology – Revisit to Unsolved Problems and Challenges’.

Award Winners were;
NienTing Hsieh (Chung Yuan Christian University) for her Oral Presentation on ‘Molecular Design of a Dual-Functional Quaternary Amine Copolymer for Bacterial Reversible Self-Cleaning Control via Zwitterionic Counterion Activation’

Hsieh

NienTing Hsieh with Prof. Yung Chang (Supervisor)

Yoji Yamashita (Osaka City University) for his Poster Presentation on ‘Synthesis of Curable Hyperbranched Polymers Containing Dense Degradable Groups and Their Application to Degradable Cured Materials’

Yamashita

Yoji Yamashita with Prof. Eriko Sato (Supervisor)

Nozomi Arai (University of Kyoto) for his Poster Presentation on ‘Direct Observation and Modeling of Attachment Behavior of Colloid Particles on A Bubble Surface’

Arai

Nozomi Arai with Dr. Satoshi Watanabe

Dr. Yukari Oda (Kyushu University) for her Oral Presentation on ‘Interfacial Modifications of Thin Films by Preferential Segregation of Janus Macromolecules’

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Dr. Yukari Oda

Dr. Keita Sakakibara (Kyoto University) for his Poster Presentation on ‘Preparation of High-Density Polyethylene Nanocomposites Well Reinforced by Cellulose Nanofiber Using Diblock Copolymer-type Dispersants’

Sakakibara

Dr. Keita Sakakibara

Thanh-Tam Mai (Kyoto Institute of Technology) for his Oral Presentation on ‘Novel Features of the Mullins Effect in Filled Elastomers Revealed by Stretching Measurements in Various Geometries’

Mai

Thanh-Tam Mai with Prof. Kenji Urayama (supervisor)

Dr. Shohei Ida (The University of Shiga Prefecture) for his Poster Presentation on ‘Precision Synthesis of Controlled Telechelic PNIPAAm with Thiol-Termini for Construction of Homogeneous Network by Thiol-Ene End-Crosslinking’

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Dr. Shohei Ida

Congratulations to all winners! We wish you the very best for the future.

 

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Welcoming our new Soft Matter Editorial Board Members

We are excited to welcome three new members to the Soft Matter editorial board Gijsje Koenderink (AMOLF), Emanuela Zaccarelli (Sapienza University of Rome), Xuehua Zhang (RMIT University). 

 

Gijsje Koenderink is professor of Biological Soft Matter at the NWO Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, where she also heads the Systems Biophysics Department. She is furthermore affiliated with the Faculty of Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She received her PhD in chemistry from Utrecht University, studying phase behaviour and dynamics in colloidal mixtures, and moved into the field of cell biophysics during her postdoc at Harvard University.

Koenderink’s research focuses on experimental physics of living matter, right at the interface of biophysics and soft condensed matter. Koenderink received several prestigious personals grants including an HFSP Young Investigator grant, NWO-VIDI, and ERC StG grant.

 

 

Emanuela Zaccarelli is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Complex Systems of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), based at the Physics Department of the Sapienza University of Rome. After graduating in Physics at the same University in 1999, she obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University College of Dublin, Ireland in 2002.

Emanuela’s main research interests are on phase behavior and dynamic arrest of complex fluids, including colloids with depletion interactions, star polymers, microgels, clays and patchy particles.

She was the first recipient of the Soft Matter Lectureship in 2009 for her studies on gels and glasses in colloidal suspensions.

 

 

Xuehua Zhang completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. From July 2014 on she joined RMIT University as an Associate Professor in School of Engineering and in October 2014 she was also appointed as a part-time Professor in Physics of Fluids Group at University of Twente.

Her research topics cover surface nanobubbles and nanodroplets, microwetting, surface forces, spontaneous emulsification, microextraction, self-assembly of colloids, evaporation and dissolution of multicomponent droplets, and bubble dynamics in catalytic reactions.

 

 

We are delighted that they have joined the Soft Matter team!

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International Liquid Crystal Elastomers Conference 2017

 

The International Liquid Crystal Elastomers Conference (ILCEC) will be held from 16-18 October, at Rice University in Houston, Texas. ILCEC 2017 will bring together chemists, physicists, and engineers to share both fundamental advances and discuss application opportunities for this exciting class of materials. The conference will focus on recent advances including reconfigurable network chemistries, localization of mechanical properties, advances in theory and simulation, and material physics.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Registration is now open – click here to sign up today and visit the ILCEC website for more information.

 

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IMRC 2017 – Soft and Biological Matter symposium

 

We are pleased to announce the Soft and Biological Matter symposium which will take place at the 25th International Materials Research Congress, from 20-25 August in Cancun, Mexico.

The symposium, supported by Soft Matter, will explore the fundamentals (structure, mechanics, rheology, dynamics) and applications of such systems. The symposium will cover both experimental and modelling studies, and will encourage discussions and cross-fertilization of ideas.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Colloids
  • (Self-)propelled particles & Collective motion
  • Granular materials, complex fluids and rheology
  • Micro and Nanofluidics
  • Soft matter aspects of biological tissues and tissue engineering
  • Soft and hard interfaces

Confirmed invited speakers:

Early bird registration ends on 30 June – click here to register now or visit the IMRC website for more information.

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2017 Soft Matter Lectureship awarded to Daeyeon Lee

It is with great pleasure that we announce Prof. Daeyeon Lee (University of Pennsylvania, USA) as the recipient of the 2017 Soft Matter Lectureship.

The Soft Matter Lectureship is an annual award that honours an early-career researcher for their significant contribution to the soft matter field. The recipient is selected by the Soft Matter Editorial Board from a list of candidates nominated by the community.

Read on to find out more about Daeyeon…

Professor Daeyeon Lee

Daeyeon Lee obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2007 after completing a Bachelor’s Degree at Seoul National University in 2001. He then moved to Harvard University for a postdoctoral fellowship, before becoming a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

His current research interests focus on developing a deep understanding of the interactions between soft materials (e.g., polymers, colloids and biologicals, etc.) near or at interfaces. The major research efforts of his group include understanding the behaviour of Janus particles at fluid interfaces, improving the assembly and mechanical properties of nanoparticle films, generating hierarchical structures using emulsions and bubbles as templates, and developing catalytic systems for biomass conversion.

Since 2005, Prof. Lee has received 14 honours and awards and published 117 peer-reviewed articles. He received the Gold Award in Materials Research Society (MRS) in 2006, the AIChE NSEF Young Investigator Award in 2013, and the S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award in 2017, in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students.

To learn more about Daeyeon’s research, have a look at his recent publications in Soft Matter:

 

Capillarity-induced directed self-assembly of patchy hexagram particles at the air–water interface
Sung-Min Kang, Chang-Hyung Choi, Jongmin Kim, Su-Jin Yeom, Daeyeon Lee, Bum Jun Park and Chang-Soo Lee
Soft Matter, 2016,12, 5847-5853

 

Nanomechanics of layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte complexes: a manifestation of ionic cross-links and fixed charges
Biao Han, Daphney R. Chery, Jie Yin, X. Lucas Lu, Daeyeon Lee and Lin Han
Soft Matter, 2016,12, 1158-1169

 

Enzymatically triggered rupture of polymersomes
Woo-Sik Jang, Seung Chul Park, Ellen H. Reed, Kevin P. Dooley, Samuel F. Wheeler, Daeyeon Lee and Daniel A. Hammer
Soft Matter, 2016,12, 1014-1020

We would like to thank everybody who nominated a candidate for the Lectureship; we received many excellent nominations, and the Editorial Board had a difficult task in choosing between some outstanding candidates.

Please join us in congratulating Daeyeon on his award!

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Association in Solution IV

 

The 4th ECI Association in Solution Conference, which will take place between 31 July – 4 August at Memorial University, Canada, will aim to bring together scientists from physics, chemistry, biology and engineering to discuss recent advances in the area of self-assembled and related systems.

The conference cuts across key, emerging areas in the biological, chemical, physical sciences along with nano- and micro-scale engineering. The topic is central to many major industries including food, cosmetics and consumer products, pharmaceuticals and energy.

The Scientific Committee for the conference includes:

The conference will also include awards for the best oral and poster presentations, supported by Soft Matter.

Abstract deadline for poster presentations is 31 May – click here to submit now and or visit the conference website for more details.

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European Colloid and Interface Society Conference 2017

 

The 31st conference of The European Colloid and Interface Society will be held from 3-8 September 2017 at the Complutense University of Madrid. The annual ECIS conference is a major event for the colloid science community, whose primary goal is to bring together all major disciplines of colloids and interfaces, enabling participants to exchange knowledge, communicate with each other the results of their recent research, and to network with colleagues for new collaborations.

The ECIS 2017 will cover fundamental and applied advances in the fields of interfaces, dispersed systems, wetting, complex fluids, micro-and nano-engineered materials, upconversion nanoparticles, ion specific effects, self-assembly of surfactants, polymers and proteins, and advances in theory and instrumentation.

Plenary lectures will be given by the laureates of the Overbeek 2017 and Solvay 2017 prizes and awards will be given for the best oral presentations and poster presentations, some of which will be supported by Soft Matter.

Plenary speakers confirmed:

Abstract submission deadline for poster presentations is 30 May – click here to enter now and find out further information on the ECIS website.

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Deft defecators done in 12 seconds

Fluid dynamics explain how amount and viscosity of faecal mucus makes it easy to poo

From a 4kg cat to a 4000kg elephant, any animal takes only around 12 seconds to ‘do their business’. This is what a team of US scientists found after thoroughly studying the process of defecation in over 40 animal species. They then developed a theoretical fluid dynamics model that shows how viscosity changes in faecal mucus ease excretion.

Source: © RSC
The relationship between body mass and defecation time


Despite being extensively studied from a clinical and medical perspective, the physics of pooing has until now escaped extensive exploration.

Inspired by a slow motion video of a defecating elephant obtained during their previous work on urination, David Hu and his team from Georgia Institute of Technology acquired similar videos of other mammals ranging from dogs to giant pandas. They found that despite obvious differences in animals’ size and diet, defecation time averaged to around 12 (±7) seconds across all of the species they looked at.

Read the full story by Charlie Quigg in Chemistry World.


This article is free to access until 21 June 2017

P J Yang et al, Soft Matter, 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C6SM02795D

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