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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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Soft Matter Welcomes Jan Dhont to the Editorial Board as Associate Editor

We are pleased to welcome new Associate Editor, Professor Jan K. G. Dhont (Forschungszentrum Jülich and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany) to the Soft Matter Editorial Board.

Jan’s research focusses on the study of colloidal systems. He aims to understand the macroscopic, non-equilibrium phenomena that colloid systems exhibit, both with and without external fields such as shear flow, electric fields and confinement; on a microscopic basis. To achieve this he synthesises colloidal dispersions with appropriate and tailored properties and uses a variety of optical and mechanical techniques to probe structure, dynamics and kinetics on a microscopic scale.

Jan is currently both a director at Forschungszentrum Jülich and Professor of Physics at the University of Düsseldorf. He has made a significant contribution to the field and to the journal and we are delighted to have him join the Soft Matter team!

To find out more about Jan’s research, take a look at his recent papers:

Thermophoresis of charged colloidal rods
Zilin Wang, Hartmut Kriegs, Johan Buitenhuis, Jan K. G. Dhont and Simone Wiegand

Near-wall dynamics of concentrated hard-sphere suspensions: comparison of evanescent wave DLS experiments, virial approximation and simulations
Yi Liu, Jerzy Bławzdziewicz, Bogdan Cichocki, Jan K. G. Dhont, Maciej Lisicki, Eligiusz Wajnryb, Y.-N. Young and Peter R. Lang

Flow instability due to coupling of shear-gradients with concentration: non-uniform flow of (hard-sphere) glasses
Howon Jin, Kyongok Kang, Kyung Hyun Ahn and  Jan K. G. Dhont

An electric-field induced dynamical state in dispersions of charged colloidal rods
Jan K. G. Dhont and Kyongok Kang

As a Soft Matter Associate Editor, Jan will be handling submissions to the journal. Why not submit your next paper to his Editorial Office?

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Soft Matter Welcomes New Associate Editor Dimitris Vlassopoulos

We are delighted to welcome our newest Soft Matter Associate Editor: Professor Dimitris Vlassopoulos (University of Crete, Greece).

Dimitris is a leading expert in polymer rheology and has published over 160 papers. His research focuses on soft matter physics and engineering problems with specific interests in molecular rheology and rheo-physics in the bulk and at liquid interfaces, architecturally complex polymers, and soft colloids.

Dimitris also brings a wealth of previous editorial experience to the Soft Matter team; we are delighted to have him board.

To find out more about Dimitris’ research, take a look at this recent paper:

Molecular rheology of branched polymers: decoding and exploring the role of architectural dispersity through a synergy of anionic synthesis, interaction chromatography, rheometry and modeling
Evelyn van Ruymbeke, Hyojoon Lee, Taihyun Chang, Anastasia Nikopoulou, Nikos Hadjichristidis, Frank Snijkers, Dimitris Vlassopoulos

And a Soft Matter issue dedicated to the theme of ‘Bridging the gap between soft and hard colloids’ of which Dimtris was a Guest Editor along with Professor Michel Cloitre

As a Soft Matter Associate Editor, Dimitris will be handling submissions to the journal. Why not submit your next paper to his Editorial Office?
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Kathleen Stebe joins the Soft Matter Editorial Board

Kathleen Stebe joins Soft Matter Editorial Board

We are delighted that Professor Kathleen Stebe has joined the Soft Matter Editorial Board as an Associate Editor.

Kathleen J. Stebe received a B.A. in Economics from the City College of New York, Magna cum Laude, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Levich Institute, also at CCNY, under the guidance of Charles Maldarelli. Thereafter, she spent a post-doctoral year at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne with Dominique Barthès-Biesel. Professor Stebe joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, where she rose through the ranks to become Professor and department chair. In 2008, Professor Stebe joined the University of Pennsylvania as the Richer and Elizabeth M. Goodwin Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, where she has served as the department chair and currently serves as the Deputy Dean for Research.

Professor Stebe has been a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies; she has received the Robert S. Pond Excellence in Teaching Award at JHU, the Frenkiel Award from the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society, and was named a Fellow of the APS.

Professor Stebe’s research focuses on capillary phenomena, including anisotropic particles interaction and assembly at interfaces and within complex fluids, including liquid crystals and lipid bilayers. She is an expert on interfacial flows, with particular emphasis on how surfactants can be used to direct stresses at interfaces and to alter drop break up modes. Other aspects of her research address dynamic surface tension, rheology of protein laden interfaces, and the design of interfaces and bounding surfaces for biological and materials applications.

To find out more about Professor Stebe’s research, take a look at these recent papers:

Marcello Cavallaro Jr, Mohamed A. Gharbi, Daniel A. Beller, Simon Čopar, Zheng Shi, Randall D. Kamien, Shu Yang, Tobias Baumgart and Kathleen J. Stebe

Lorenzo Botto, Eric P. Lewandowski, Marcello Cavallaro and Kathleen J. Stebe

As a Soft Matter Associate Editor, Professor Stebe will be handling submissions to the journal. Why not submit your next paper to her Editorial Office?
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Anna Balazs is made a Materials Research Society Fellow

Congratulations to Soft Matter Editorial Board member Anna Balazs, who has been made a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) this year.

This recognition honors MRS members who are notable for their distinguished accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research, worldwide. 

Anna, who is a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, was awarded the Fellowship “for pioneering contributions to the prediction of materials behavior, ranging from nanocomposites to self-healing materials to oscillating gels, through the development of novel computational models.” Congratulations, Anna, on an excellent achievement!

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Paul Janmey joins the Soft Matter Editorial Board

We are delighted to welcome our new Soft Matter Editorial Board member Professor Paul Janmey.

Soft Matter Associate Editor Paul JanmeyPaul Janmey is a Professor of Physiology at the Institute for Medicine and Engineering, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (USA).  After receiving his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Professor Janmey undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he developed an approach to apply polymer physics methods to study the cytoskeleton.
 
In his research work, Professor Janmey uses a variety of imaging, scattering and rheologic methods to study of cell mechanics. His current interests include:

  • viscoelastic properties of biopolymer networks
  • how and why cells respond to their mechanical environment
  • the regulation of cytoskeletal and extracellular matrix assembly
  • new biocompatible materials for tissue engineering and wound healing

As a Soft Matter Associate Editor, Professor Janmey will be handling submissions to the journal. Why not submit your next paper to his Editorial Office?

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Jennifer Lewis joins the Soft Matter Editorial Board

We are delighted to welcome Jennifer A. Lewis to the Soft Matter Editorial Board.

Jennifer Lewis is a Professor at Harvard University. She joined the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard in 2013. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, she served as the Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her research group focuses on the directed assembly of soft functional materials. Her work has resulted in 8 patents and 125 papers to date.  She recently co-founded Electroninks Inc., a company focused on commercializing conductive inks for printed electronics, and Voxel8, Inc., which is focused on 3D printing of functional materials.   
  
Professor Lewis is the recipient of the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award (1994), the Brunaeur Award from the American Ceramic Society (2003), the Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society (2009), and the MRS Medal Award (2012).  She is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (2005), the American Physical Society (2007), the Materials Research Society (2011), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012).

Welcome aboard, Jennifer!

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Peter Schurtenberger joins the Soft Matter Editorial Board

Peter Schurtenberger member of the Soft Matter Editorial BoardWe are delighted to welcome Peter Schurtenberger to the Soft Matter Editorial Board.

Peter Schurtenberger is currently a professor at the Division of Physical Chemistry, Lund University, Sweden. His research interests focus on colloidal soft matter, nanotechnology, biophysics, materials sciences and food technology, on the characterization of soft matter with scattering methods and on the development of new instruments for this task.

Schurtenberger received his PhD in physics from ETH Zurich in 1984, worked as a postdoc at Lund University and MIT, and as a senior researcher at the Department of Materials of ETHZ. In 1999 he was appointed as the chair in experimental physics at the University of Fribourg, where he became the founding director of the Adolphe Merkle Institute and received a chair in Experimental Physics and Nanoscience in 2008. He moved to Lund University at the end of 2010.

His recent publications include:

Fluid–solid transitions in soft-repulsive colloids
Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 3000-3004

Hybrid raspberry microgels with tunable thermoresponsive behavior
Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 2798-2802

Deformable particles with anisotropic interactions: unusual field-induced structural transitions in ultrasoft ionic microgel colloids
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 10819-10822

Preparation and characterization of ellipsoidal-shaped thermosensitive microgel colloids with tailored aspect ratios
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 3538-3548

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Introducing Soft Matter’s new Chairman: Michael Rubinstein

We are very pleased to announce that the new Chairman for Soft Matter is Michael Rubinstein.

Michael Rubinstein received a B.S. with honors in physics from Caltech in 1979, M.A. in 1980, and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1983 specializing in soft condensed matter theory in the group of D. R. Nelson. Between 1983 and 1985 Michael was a post-doctoral fellow with E. Helfand at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ where he started his research in polymer physics. In 1985 Michael joined Research Laboratories of Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY where he worked for 10 years in different areas of polymer theory.

In 1987 he received C.E.K. Mees Award “In Recognition of Excellence in Scientific Research and Reporting”, and in 1994 he was Juliot Curie Visiting Professor at Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris. In 1995 Michael moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is currently a John P. Barker Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Curriculum of Applied Sciences and Engineering as well as a member of the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biophysics and of the Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology.

In 1998 he was Visiting Professor at College de France and in 2013 he was awarded Michelin Science Chair at ESPCI.  In 2001 Michael was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. From 2001 through 2004 he was an Associate Editor of Macromolecules. In 2003 he published a textbook “Polymer Physics” with R. H. Colby. In 2004 he was a co-chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Macromolecular, Colloidal and Polyelectrolyte Solutions, and in 2008-2009 he was a Chair of the Division of Polymer Physics of the American Physical Society. In 2010 Michael received the Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society.

Michael’s research interests are in the area of theoretical soft condensed matter physics with an emphasis on polymer physics. His main scientific contributions include theories of polymer entanglements, dynamics of reversible networks, and models of charged polymers. His recent scientific interests are in applications of polymer physics to biological systems, such as airway surface layer of a lung and development of molecular models of polymer gels and networks including those with self-healing properties.

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Introducing Soft Matter Associate Editor Jianbin Huang

Professor Jianbin Huang is interested in the research of the physical chemistry of surfactants, especially in mixed surfactant systems. The main work in his group is research on the molecular organized assemblies in aqueous solutions, such as vesicle or micelles. He is interested in vesicle formation in mixed cationic and anionic surfactant systems (including the mixed systems of ionic surfactant with oppositely charged polymer) and try to find:

a) the relations among the molecular structures of amphiphiles, properties of molecular organized assemblies and phase behavior of mixed surfactants;

b) the effective methods to adjust the phase behavior and micro-structure transition (i.e.transformation between vesicle to micelle) by the variation of environmental factors (for example, pH, salt and additives).

Some novel surfactants (such as some bola and Gemini amphiphiles) and the mixture of classical surfactant with them also fixed our eyes. The researches on the synthesis, aggregation behavior and interface properties in these kinds of surfactant systems are investigated in aqueous, non-aqueous and mixed solvents. Moreover, the applications of surfactant, especially mixed surfactant in detergent and daily use are also developed. As the first author or correspondence, Professor Huang has published over 40 articles in international and Chinese academic journals in the last five years.

His recent papers include:

A surfactant-assisted unimolecular platform for multicolor emissions
Soft Matter, 2012,8, 10472-10478

Extremely pH-sensitive fluids based on a rationally designed simple amphiphile

Soft Matter, 2012,8, 9079-9085

Self-assembled laminated nanoribbon-directed synthesis of noble metallic nanoparticle-decorated silica nanotubes and their catalytic applications
J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 18314-18320

Metal-driven hierarchical self-assembled zigzag nanoarchitectures with electrical conductivity
Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 704-706

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