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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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Happy holidays from Soft Matter!

All of us in the Soft Matter Editorial team would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year! The Editorial office will be closed from 21 December 2012 and will reopen on 2 January 2013.

We’re really looking forward to 2013, which will see some great themed issues in Soft Matter as well as the 2013 Soft Matter Lectureship (opening for nominations early in the year).

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Top 10 most-read Soft Matter articles in July

This month sees the following articles in Soft Matter that are in the top ten most accessed for July:

Mechanics and physics of hydrogels 
Jian Ping Gong, Wei Hong 
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 8006-8007 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM90083A  

Self-assembly scenarios of patchy colloidal particles 
Günther Doppelbauer, Eva G. Noya, Emanuela Bianchi and Gerhard Kahl  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 7768-7772 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM26043C  

Super-tough double-network hydrogels reinforced by covalently compositing with silica-nanoparticles  
Qiang Wang, Ruixia Hou, Yajun Cheng and Jun Fu  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6048-6056 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07233E  

Colloidal gelation of oppositely charged particles 
Emily R. Russell, Joris Sprakel, Thomas E. Kodger and David A. Weitz  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 8697-8703 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25901J 

Colloidal particles at the interface between an isotropic liquid and a chiral liquid crystal  
Anne C. Pawsey, Juho S. Lintuvuori, Tiffany A. Wood, Job H. J. Thijssen, Davide Marenduzzo and Paul S. Clegg  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 8422-8428 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25434D 

Microfluidic systems for single DNA dynamics  
Danielle J. Mai, Christopher Brockman and Charles M. Schroeder  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 10560-10572 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM26036K  

Reversible adhesion between a hydrogel and a polymer brush  
Guillaume Sudre, Ludovic Olanier, Yvette Tran, Dominique Hourdet and Costantino Creton 
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 8184-8193 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25868D  

Robust superomniphobic surfaces with mushroom-like micropillar arrays  
Seong Min Kang, Sang Moon Kim, Hong Nam Kim, Moon Kyu Kwak, Dong Ha Tahk and Kahp Y. Suh
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 8563-8568 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25879J  

Statistical mechanics for static granular media: open questions  
Massimo Pica Ciamarra, Patrick Richard, Matthias Schröter and Brian P. Tighe 
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 9731-9737 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM06898B  

Controlling the self-assembly pathways of amphiphilic block copolymers into vesicles  
Mengying Xiao, Guangjie Xia, Rong Wang and Daiqian Xie  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 7865-7874 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25281C  

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Top 10 most-read Soft Matter articles in June

This month sees the following articles in Soft Matter that are in the top ten most accessed for June:

Magnetic emulsions with responsive surfactants  
Paul Brown, Craig P. Butts, Jing Cheng, Julian Eastoe, Christopher A. Russell and Gregory N. Smith 
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 7545-7546 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM26077H 

Chemical approaches to synthetic polymer surface biofunctionalization for targeted cell adhesion using small binding motifs 
Guillaume Delaittre, Alexandra M. Greiner, Thomas Pauloehrl, Martin Bastmeyer and Christopher Barner-Kowollik  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 7323-7347 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07407A 

Design and properties of supramolecular polymer gels  
Atsushi Noro, Mikihiro Hayashi and Yushu Matsushita  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6416-6429 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25144B 

Static wetting on deformable substrates, from liquids to soft solids  
Robert W. Style and Eric R. Dufresne  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 7177-7184 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25540E 

Mechanics of morphological instabilities and surface wrinkling in soft materials: a review  
Bo Li, Yan-Ping Cao, Xi-Qiao Feng and Huajian Gao  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 5728-5745 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM00011C 

Model, self-assembly structures, and phase diagram of soft Janus particles  
Zhan-Wei Li, Zhong-Yuan Lu, Zhao-Yan Sun and Li-Jia An  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6693-6697 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25397F 

The conundrum of gel formation by molecular nanofibers, wormlike micelles, and filamentous proteins: gelation without cross-links?  
Srinivasa R. Raghavan and Jack F. Douglas  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 8539-8546 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25107H 

Biocompatible and biodegradable polymersomes as delivery vehicles in biomedical applications  
Gong-Yan Liu, Chao-Jian Chen and Jian Ji  
Soft Matter, 2012, Advance Article 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25721A 

A novel technique for micro-patterning proteins and cells on polyacrylamide gels 
Xin Tang, M. Yakut Ali and M. Taher A. Saif  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 7197-7206 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25533B 

Wet granular matter: a truly complex fluid  
Stefanie Strauch and Stephan Herminghaus  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 8271-8280 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25883H 

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Conference: PhysCell2012

Soft Matter is delighted to offer a poster prize at the meeting “Pierre-Gille de Gennes days on Physics of cells: From soft to living matter” taking place 2nd – 9th September 2012, in Hyeres on the Mediterranean coast of France. 

The aim of the meeting is to bring together eminent researchers from interdisciplinary fields working on various aspects of cell and tissue biophysics including adhesion, mechanics, mechano-sensing, morphogenesis, transport, single molecule studies among others.

An advanced school, aimed at graduate students as well as researchers at the interface of biology with physical sciences, will precede the conference. Scientific sessions will include membranes, single molecules, adhesion and mechanics, cytoskeleton, gene expression, tissues and morphogenesis, bacterial motility, intracellular traffic, and emerging tools and techniques. 

More information is available on the meeting website: http://www.physcell2012.com

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Important information regarding issues 24-30 of Soft Matter

I have to inform you of a problem regarding issues 24-30 of volume 8 of Soft Matter.

Unfortunately, an error was made which has resulted in articles published in these seven issues having the wrong page numbers. We would like to apologise to our authors and readers and assure you that we are doing everything we can to rectify this error as quickly as possible.

We will be republishing the articles with the correct page numbers by 3rd August and all authors of affected articles have been notified individually. The hard copies of the issues will be reprinted and distributed to our print subscribers. We will be publishing an appended addition and correction to each of the affected articles, as well as notices on the website to ensure readers are aware of the situation. We will also be coordinating with abstracting and indexing services such as ISI Web of Science and Scopus to make certain citations are not affected. Steps are also being put in place so this error cannot occur in the future.

We appreciate your patience and once again sincerely apologise for any inconvenience or confusion caused. If you wish to cite one of articles affected before the corrected version is published, please use the DOI.

If you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Liz Davies
Editor, Soft Matter

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Top 10 most-read Soft Matter articles in May

This month sees the following articles in Soft Matter that are in the top ten most accessed for May:

Design of patchy particles using ternary self-assembled monolayers 
Inés C. Pons-Siepermann and Sharon C. Glotzer  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6226-6231 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM00014H 

Mechanics of morphological instabilities and surface wrinkling in soft materials: a review 
Bo Li, Yan-Ping Cao, Xi-Qiao Feng and Huajian Gao  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 5728-5745 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM00011C 

Self-assembled hierarchical structure evolution of azobenzene-containing linear-dendritic liquid crystalline block copolymers 
Zehua Shi, Dongzhong Chen, Huanjun Lu, Bin Wu, Jie Ma, Rongshi Cheng, Jianglin Fang and Xiaofang Chen  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6174-6184 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07249A 

Tunable plasmonic nanostructures from noble metal nanoparticles and stimuli-responsive polymers 
Ihor Tokarev and Sergiy Minko 
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 5980-5987 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25069A 

Self-assembly of biodegradable polyurethanes for controlled delivery applications 
Mingming Ding, Jiehua Li, Hong Tan and Qiang Fu  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 5414-5428 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07402H 

Thermoresponsive supramolecular dendronized copolymers with tunable phase transition temperatures 
Jiatao Yan, Xiaoqian Zhang, Wen Li, Xiuqiang Zhang, Kun Liu, Peiyi Wu and Afang Zhang  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6371-6377 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25285F 

Dual pH-triggered physical gels prepared from mixed dispersions of oppositely charged pH-responsive microgels 
James McParlane, Damien Dupin, Jennifer M. Saunders, Sarah Lally, Steven P. Armes and Brian R. Saunders  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6239-6247 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25581B 

Design and properties of supramolecular polymer gels 
Atsushi Noro, Mikihiro Hayashi and Yushu Matsushita  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 2416-2429 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25144B 

Membrane properties of swollen vesicles: growth, rupture, and fusion 
Chun-Min Lin, David T. Wu, Heng-Kwong Tsao and Yu-Jane Sheng  
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6139-6150 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25518A 

Non-affine deformations in polymer hydrogels 
Qi Wen, Anindita Basu, Paul A. Janmey and Arjun G. Yodh  
Soft Matter, 2012, Advance Article 
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25364J 

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What makes research biomimetic, bioinspired or biokleptic?

Sarah Staniland and co-workers discuss the meaning of the term ‘biomimetic’, and how it differs or overlaps between disciplines. How does a physicist define biomimetics, compared to a biologist? The irridescence of butterfly wings to tiny magnetic organisms are all discussed in this interesting and thoughtful Opinion piece.

Read for free for a short time:

Innovation through imitation: biomimetic, bioinspired and biokleptic research
Andrea E. Rawlings,  Jonathan P. Bramble and Sarah S. Staniland
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 2675-2679, DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25385B

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Reviews in Soft Matter

Soft MatterSoft Matter publishes five different types of review-style article: Emerging Areas, Highlights, Opinions, Reviews and Tutorial Reviews. We’ve created an easy search to show examples of each of the different article types. Please click on the links below to see the recent reviews published in Soft Matter.

Review-style articles:

  • Highlight
  • Review Article
  • Emerging Area
  • Opinion
  • Tutorial Review
  • Guidelines for writing review articles can be found here: http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/Journals/sm/review_guidelines.asp

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    Don’t forget Soft Matter Principles of Microfluidics Themed Issue: Submission deadline 21th April

    Soft Matter is publishing a themed issue on the ‘Soft Matter Principles of Microfluidics’ with 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) acting as the guest editors.

    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 in the covering letter and “comments to editors” section during submission that the manuscript is submitted for the themed issue on Soft Matter Principles of Microfluidics.

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