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Redefining moisturiser – Soft Matter article in Chemistry World

The secret to soft skin is not necessarily increasing its water content but retaining molecular fluidity © Shutterstock

Scientists in Sweden have probed the outermost layer of skin to gain molecular insights into how naturally occurring molecules in this layer protect it from drying out.

Healthy skin with a normal degree of hydration is soft and pliable. This is not the case for dry skin, which is brittle and easily cracks. To treat dry skin it is common to apply a cosmetic containing a humectant  ̶  a type of “moisturiser” – like glycerol or urea. These substances are also components of natural moisturising factor (NMF), a group of molecules naturally present in the skin barrier. The beneficial function of these compounds if often claimed to be their capacity for increasing skin hydration, although the underlying mechanisms are generally described with a rather weak molecular basis.

Interested to know more? Read the full news article by Jennifer Newton in Chemistry World here…

Read the paper by Sebastian Björklund et. al for free until 23 May 2014:

Stratum corneum molecular mobility in the presence of natural moisturizers
Sebastian Björklund, Jenny Marie Andersson, Agnieszka Ewa Nowacka, Quoc Dat Pham, Daniel Topgaard and Emma Sparr
Soft Matter, 2014, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C4SM00137K, Paper

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Rideal Travel Bursaries – Submit Your Application by 15 April 2014

Applications for the Rideal Travel Bursaries of up to £500 are now open to Society of Chemical Industry* (SCI) and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) members. Submit your application and reference letters by 15 April 2014.

These bursaries provide funds to promising PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in the general field of colloid and surface science to attend conferences and/or visit relevant research institutions. We are currently inviting applications for travel between 1 July and 31 December 2014.

The bursaries are offered by the Sir Eric Rideal Trust (managed jointly by the RSC and SCI). They are awarded twice a year on a competitive basis.

If you are applying for a bursary to attend a conference between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2015, applications will re-open in the autumn, with a deadline of 15 October 2014.

See what previous recipients have achieved:

Patricia Esteban Perez, reports on her attendance at Bacteriophage in Medicine, Food and Biotechnology

Alexander Rosu-Finsen, reports on his attendance at 9th International Vacuum Conference in Paris

*This only applies to standard or student members; travel bursaries are not open to e-members.

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Soft Matter now indexed in Medline!

We are delighted to announce that Soft Matter has been accepted for inclusion in the prestigious MEDLINE abstracting / indexing service.

All articles published in Soft Matter will now be included, and searchable using PubMed. This will provide even greater visibility to the great research being published in the journal, particularly in the bio/medical communities.

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Soft Matter Lectureship: Nominations close this Friday 14th March

There are only a few days left to nominate someone for the Soft Matter Lectureship!

A reminder of the details:

Qualification

To be eligible for the Soft Matter Lectureship, the candidate should be in the earlier stages of their scientific career, typically within 15 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 three times, one of which will be located in the home country of the recipient. The Soft Matter Editorial Office will provide the sum of £1000 to the recipient for travel and accommodation costs.

The award recipient will be presented with the award at one of the three award lectures. They will also be asked to contribute a lead article to the journal and will have their work showcased on the back 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. (no longer than 2 pages A4) together with a letter (no longer than 2 pages A4) supporting the nomination, to the Soft Matter Editorial Office (softmatter-rsc@rsc.org) by 14 March 2014.  Self-nomination is not permitted.

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Soft Matter Lectureship 2014: Nominations now open

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their contribution to the soft matter field? 

Now is your chance to propose they receive the accolade they deserve. 

Soft Matter is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the Soft Matter Lectureship 2014.  This annual award was established by the journal in 2009 to honour a younger scientist who has made a significant contribution to the soft matter field. 

Qualification 

To be eligible for the Soft Matter Lectureship, the candidate should be in the earlier stages of their scientific career, typically within 15 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 three times, one of which will be located in the home country of the recipient. The Soft Matter Editorial Office will provide the sum of £1000 to the recipient for travel and accommodation costs. 

The award recipient will be presented with the award at one of the three award lectures. They will also be asked to contribute a lead article to the journal and will have their work showcased on the back 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. (no longer than 2 pages A4) together with a letter (no longer than 2 pages A4) supporting the nomination, to the Soft Matter Editorial Office (softmatter-rsc@rsc.org) by 14 March 2014.  Self-nomination is not permitted.

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UK Colloids 2014 is now open for abstract submissions!

Organized by the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group and the SCI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group, UK Colloids 2014 is taking place at the Mermaid Theatre in London on July 6th-9th 2014. The symposium is now open for registration and abstract submission.

UK Colloids 2014 is a great opportunity for UK and international researchers interested in colloid and interface science to meet, present and discuss issues related to current developments in the fields of Colloid, Interface and Biomedical Nanoparticle science. There will be plenary talks by:

  • Professor Julian Eastoe (Bristol University)
  • Professor Ray Dagastine (University of Melbourne)
  • Professor Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard University)

In addition, Professor Steve Armes (University of Sheffield) will be giving the Thomas Graham Lecture. A full list of confirmed speakers is available here

The closing date for submitting abstracts for oral and poster presentations is 15 March 2014. See here for instructions on how to submit.

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Poster prize winners at the 2013 International Symposium on Stimuli-Responsive Materials

Many congratulations to the winners at the 2013 International Symposium on Stimuli-Responsive Materials!

Chosen by an independent panel, the winners were: Akira Matsumoto (Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering at Tokyo Medical and Dental University) for the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C poster prize, Justin Poelma for Polymer Chemistry and Saemi Oh for Soft Matter (University of California, Santa Barbara).

The symposium which focuses on the field of stimuli-responsive materials from academia, industry, and government took place in October (20 – 22) this year at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, CA and was co-sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Akira Matsumoto

Akira Matsumoto receiving his poster prize for Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B, C

Justin Poelma

Justin Poelma receiving his prize for Polmer Chemistry

Saemi Oh winning the Soft Matter poster prize

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Soft Matter paper featured in ‘Product Design & Development’

A Soft Matter article by Rafael Verduzco and coworkers at Rice University has been featured in the design engineering publication Product Design & Development. In their paper Shape-responsive liquid crystal elastomer bilayers, the group demonstrate that complex surface patterns and shape changes, including patterned wrinkles, helical twisting, and reversible folding, can be achieved in liquid crystal elastomer–polystyrene bilayers. 

 

Read the Product Design & Development article here: Morphing Material Has Mighty Potential

Shape-responsive liquid crystal elastomer bilayers
Aditya Agrawal, TaeHyun Yun, Stacy L. Pesek, Walter G. Chapman and Rafael Verduzco  
Soft Matter, 2014, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C3SM51654G

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BP Castrol-RSC International Symposium on Tribology and Lubricants

This Symposium will feature two one-day meetings that will take place in Wuhan and Shanghai, China. Each meeting will feature a selection of lectures on tribology and lubricants, given by some of the world’s leading international scientists. The symposium is supported by BP Castrol and organised by BP Castrol and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Attendance at either of the one day meetings is free, although delegates are asked to register (please click on the links below). The symposium will appeal to academics, engineers and industrial scientists with an interest in tribology and lubricants.

Tuesday 19th November 2013 – Wuhan University of Technology

 Wednesday 21st November 2013 – Shanghai Jiao Tong University

 The international speakers are:

Wilfried Bartz, Technical Academy Esslingen, Germany

James Batteas, Texas A&M University, USA

Moray Stark, University of York, UK

Robert Wood, University of Southampton, UK

Gordon Lamb, Castrol China Technology Centre, Shanghai, China

Delegates and speakers are also invited to submit articles for a web collection in RSC Advances on Tribology next year.  The deadline for submissions will be 28th February 2014 – all articles submitted will be subject to initial assessment by the editor and full peer review.  For more information please click here or contact the Editorial Office.

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Eric M. Furst accepts the 2013 Soft Matter Lectureship

Eric accepting his award from Michael Rubinstein, Chairman of the Soft Matter Editorial Board

Eric M. Furst accepted the 2013 Soft Matter Lectureship at the International Soft Matter Conference, in Rome, Italy. The award was presented by Professor Michael Rubinstein, Chairman of the Soft Matter Editorial Board.

Eric is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of the Center for Molecular Engineering and Thermodynamics at the University of Delaware. His interests span a wide range of topics in soft matter science and engineering, but focus in particular on the physics and chemistry of the colloidal domain. Eric’s research group is recognised for their contributions to active and passive microrheology, biomaterial rheology, interfacial phenomena, directed self-assembly of colloids and nanoparticles, and colloid electrokinetics.

The Soft Matter Lectureship is an annual award to honour a younger scientist who has made a significant contribution to the soft matter field. 

Congratulations Eric!

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