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Hot paper: Review of electrostatics of DNA compaction in viruses, bacteria and eukaryotes

This review by Maria Barbi and colleagues from the “Multiscale Modelling of Living Matter” group covers many aspects of DNA packaging in viruses, bacteria through to eukaryotes. The review discusses the electrostatic interactions of DNA, proteins and ions; mechanisms of DNA compaction; the way different condensation mechanisms are implemented in vivo; functional tuning of DNA compaction and finally gives an evolutionary perspective on the subject.

Electrostatics of DNA compaction in viruses, bacteria and eukaryotes: functional insights and evolutionary perspective
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 9285
DOI: 10.1039/c2sm25789k
(free to read for a short time)

This review is from the Polyelectrolytes in Soft Matter and Biology themed issue. Click on the link to view the entire themed issue.

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Soft Matter Principles of Microfluidics themed issue out now!

Soft Matter Principles of Microfluidics themed issue has been published. Guest Editors Lydéric Bocquet, Todd Squires and Annie Colin introduce the issue in their Editorial.
The front cover showcases work by Valérie Taly, Jean-Christophe Baret and co-works in their paper ‘Dynamics of molecular transport by surfactants in emulsions’.

The issue also includes 6 Review articles!:
Margination and segregation in confined flows of blood and other multicomponent suspensions
Amit Kumar and Michael D. Graham
Exploring emulsion science with microfluidics
Nicolas Bremond and Jérôme Bibette
Microfluidic systems for single DNA dynamics
Danielle J. Mai, Christopher Brockman and Charles M. Schroeder
Interacting viscous instabilities in microfluidic systems
Thomas Cubaud and Thomas G. Mason
Microscale nuclear magnetic resonance: a tool for soft matter research
Vlad Badilita, Robert Ch. Meier, Nils Spengler, Ulrike Wallrabe, Marcel Utz and Jan G. Korvink
Soft diffuse interfaces in electrokinetics – theory and experiment for transport in charged diffuse layers
Alexander C. Barbati and Brian J. Kirby

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Interaction of nano-objects with lipid membranes themed collection

The Soft Matter themed collection on ‘Interaction of nano-objects with lipid membranes’ has been published.  The themed collection covers a multidisciplinary topic which involves the interaction of nano-objects such as proteins, polymer chains and peptides with lipid membranes.

Find the full collection description by Guest Editor Vladimir Baulin (Universitat Rovira, Spain) and the rest of the collection here.

The themed collection contains the following Review article:

Beyond the lipid-bilayer: interaction of polymers and nanoparticles with membranes

Matthias Schulz, Adekunle Olubummo and Wolfgang H. Binder

Soft Matter, 2012,8, 4849-4864

And the front cover paper of Soft Matter Volume 8, Number 12:

Hydrophobic droplets in amphiphilic bilayers: a coarse-grained mean-field theory study

Martin J. Greenall and Carlos M. Marques

Soft Matter, 2012,8, 3308-3314


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UK Colloids 2011 Web-Theme

In July 4th to 6th 2011, the joint RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group / SCI Colloid and Surface Science Group organized the first multi-day conference “UK Colloids 2011” on the topic of colloid science held in the UK for many years.

Papers in this web-theme, published in Soft Matter and RSC Advances were presented at the meeting. The collection includes regular articles, highlights and reviews. The material spans the entire range of colloid science and the diverse background of the delegates.

To view the web-theme, click here!

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Bridging the Gap Between Hard and Soft Colloids

The Soft Matter themed issue on ‘Bridging the Gap between Hard and Soft Colloids’ has been published. Read the Editorial by Guest Editors Dimitris Vlassopoulos and Michel Cloitre, and the rest of the full issue today.

The themed issue also includes the following Review Articles:

Core–shell microgels as model colloids for rheological studies
M. Siebenbürger,  M. Fuchs and M. Ballauff

Local and non local rheology of concentrated particles
Vincent Mansard and Annie Colin

From soft to hard: the generation of functional and complex colloidal monolayers for nanolithography
Nicolas Vogel,  Clemens K. Weiss and Katharina Landfester

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Soft Matter Principles of Microfluidics Themed Issue: submission deadline 21th April

Soft Matter is publishing a themed issue during 2012 on the Soft Matter Principles of Microfluidics. Professor Lydéric Bocquet (University of Lyon, France), Professor Todd Squires (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) and Professor Annie Colin (Rhodia-Bordeaux1-CNRS, Bordeaux, France) will act as the guest editors for this issue. Please contact the editorial office if you’re interested in submitting a paper to this themed issue.

Microfluidics has provided powerful experimental capabilities for the study of soft matter, and enabled experiments in this field that had previously been impossible.  Viewing clean-room microfabrication  facilities as an advanced machine shop — where your device literally emerges from your design — microfluidics enables unprecedented control over experimental conditions, such as flow types and rates in an experiment, the ability to heat and cool rapidly, to watch systems equilibrate or evolve physically or chemically, and to design an experiment to specifically isolate a particular scientific process or question. Furthermore, the small scale of microfluidic experiments enables systematic sweeps of many experimental systems, while consuming very little sample. Benefiting from fast thermal exchanges and a perfect control of residence time, microfluidics has provided new routes to process and tailor soft materials whose fabrication had been out of reach until only recently. Like the cell phone in your pocket, microfluidics has become an essential tool in most soft matter labs. It is therefore a proper time to draw a state-of-the-art picture of the intimate connections which have developed between soft matter and microfluidics: this is the aim of this themed issue Soft Matter: principles of microfluidics. By bringing together contributions from the various domains where ‘microfluidics meet soft matter’, we will obtain an impressionist view of the possibilities offered by microfluidics in soft matter and imagine the new avenues of this rapidly evolving field.

All manuscripts will be handled by the Soft Matter Editorial office and refereed in accordance to the standard procedures of the journal, and in this respect invited articles will be treated in the same way as regular submissions to the journal.

 The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts for this themed issue is: 21th April 2012

Manuscripts can be submitted using the RSC’s on-line submissions service. Please contact to the editorial office if you are interested in contributing to this issue. All contributions should state that the manuscript is submitted for the themed issue on Soft Matter Principles of Microfluidics at submission.

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Announcing the 2012 themed issue on Soft Matter Principles of Microfluidics

We are delighted to announce a themed issue on Soft Matter Principles of Microfluidics which will be published in Soft Matter in 2012. The Guest Editors of the issue are Professor Lydéric Bocquet (University of Lyon, France), Professor Todd Squires (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) and Professor Annie Colin (Rhodia-Bordeaux1-CNRS, Bordeaux, France).

Microfluidics has provided powerful experimental capabilities for the study of soft matter, and enabled experiments in this field that had previously been impossible.  Viewing clean-room microfabrication  facilities as an advanced machine shop — where your device literally emerges from your design — microfluidics enables unprecedented control over experimental conditions, such as flow types and rates in an experiment, the ability to heat and cool rapidly, to watch systems equilibrate or evolve physically or chemically, and to design an experiment to specifically isolate a particular scientific process or question. Furthermore, the small scale of microfluidic experiments enables systematic sweeps of many experimental systems, while consuming very little sample. Benefiting from fast thermal exchanges and a perfect control of residence time, microfluidics has provided new routes to process and tailor soft materials whose fabrication had been out of reach until only recently. Like the cell phone in your pocket, microfluidics has become an essential tool in most soft matter labs. It is therefore a proper time to draw a state-of-the-art picture of the intimate connections which have developed between soft matter and microfluidics: this is the aim of this themed issue Soft Matter: principles of microfluidics. By bringing together contributions from the various domains where ‘microfluidics meet soft matter’, we will obtain an impressionist view of the possibilities offered by microfluidics in soft matter and imagine the new avenues of this rapidly evolving field.

All manuscripts will be handled by the Soft Matter Editorial office and refereed in accordance to the standard procedures of the journal, and in this respect invited articles will be treated in the same way as regular submissions to the journal.

The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts for this themed issue is: 21th April 2012

Manuscripts can be submitted using the RSC’s on-line submissions service. Please contact to the editorial office if you are interested in contributing to this issue. All contributions should state that the manuscript is submitted for the themed issue on Soft Matter Principles of Microfluidics at submission.

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Announcing a 2012 Themed Issue on “Polyelectrolytes in Soft Matter and Biology”

Soft Matter is publishing a themed issue on Polyelectrolytes in Soft Matter and Biology next year. The Guest Editors of the issue are Professor Michael Rubinstein (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA) and Professor Garegin Papoian (University of Maryland, USA).

Many important synthetic and biological macromolecules, such as DNA, are polyelectrolytes. Both intra- and intermolecular electrostatic interactions, mediated by mobile ions and water, play crucial role in these systems, influencing the molecule’s structure, physical properties and function. Given the importance and ubiquity of polyelectrolytes both in synthetic and biological systems, a growing number of experimental and theoretical investigations address various aspects of their physical properties. Since research on polyelectrolytes is interdisciplinary, at the interface of polymer and biological physics, a themed issue on this topic will bring into a single venue works of researchers from many fields of science, providing a snapshot of the current state-of-the-art in the field. An example of unifying open problems in polymer physics is complexation of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes encountered in macromolecular self-assembly into micelles mediated by electrostatic forces, DNA and RNA packing in viral capsids, as well as is in DNA compaction into chromatin fiber.

The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts for this themed issue is 15 March 2012.

Interested in submitting an article? Contact the Editorial Office today by e-mailing softmatter-rsc@rsc.org.

 

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Announcing the Mechanics and Physics of Hydrogels themed issue

Soft Matter is planning to produce a themed issue on Mechanics and Physics of Hydrogels in 2012. Please e-mail the editorial office if you would like to contribute an article. The Guest Editors of the issue are Professor Jian Ping Gong (Hokkaido University, Japan) and Professor Wei Hong (Iowa State University, USA).

The Soft Matter themed issue on Mechanics and Physics of Hydrogels aims at bringing together contributions from many perspectives in order to draw a multidisciplinary state-of-the art picture of the field. We have published several themed issues on other important emerging topics in recent years, and it now seems particularly timely to publish a focused set of articles covering Mechanics and Physics of Hydrogels. The themed issue will mainly focus on the following topics:

• Development of new hydrogels with enhanced coupling properties and/or mechanical performance
• Discovery of physical or multi-physical phenomena of hydrogel systems
• Innovative experimental designs for better characterization of hydrogel behaviors
• Models that capture or predict various hydrogel behaviors, and promote the understanding of underlying mechanisms
• Papers on other topics related to the mechanics of hydrogels will also be considered

The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts for this themed issue is 20th February 2012

Manuscripts can be submitted using the RSC’s on-line submissions service. Please clearly mark that the manuscript is submitted for the themed issue on Mechanics and Physics of Hydrogels.
Please would you inform the editorial office by e-mail as soon as possible if you plan to submit to the issue. We would like to have a list of authors who intend to contribute as soon as possible.

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‘Biomimetic Soft Matter’ Themed Issue published this week

“Biomaterials are often soft materials. There is now growing interest in designing, synthesizing and characterising soft materials that mimic the properties of biological materials such as tissue, proteins, DNA or cells…” Read the full Editorial by Guest Editor, Ian Hamley. 

View the whole Biomimetic Soft Matter Themed Issue on-line now.

The issue contains Review articles across the following topics of biomimetic soft matter:

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