We are very pleased to announce that Professor Guruswamy Kumaraswamy has been appointed as an Associate Editor for Soft Matter

Profile picture of Professor Guruswamy KumaraswamyProfessor Guruswamy (Guru) Kumaraswamy is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Guru’s research interests are in the area of structure-property relations in polymers and nanocomposites,  waste valorization, and sustainable materials. Guru is primarily an experimentalist and his group uses tools such as rheology and small angle X-ray and neutron scattering to probe materials microstructure. Read more on his group webpage. You can follow him on Twitter @GuruKumaraswamy. He is looking forward to welcoming submissions, particularly in the areas of polymers, colloids, surfaces and interfaces.





He has given his insight and thoughts on the future of the soft materials field:

“Soft materials are likely to become even more pervasive in our experience – from the humble flexible packaging that increases the shelf life of foods, to highly engineered lipid nanoparticles that envelop mRNA. With increasing usage, comes great responsibility, to ensure that we do not overwhelm the environment. Therefore, I anticipate that our community will emphasize research that optimizes use, and increased functionality of soft materials. I hope to see this emphasis reflected in the articles published by Soft Matter. Circular use of soft materials, sustainability, recycling and upcycling will be the defining topics for materials research in our times, and this should be reflected in the articles featured in Soft Matter.


Click here to submit your manuscript to Professor Kumaraswamy


Read Professor Kumaraswamy’s Soft Matter articles

Colloidal assembly by directional ice templating
Bipul Biswas, Mayank Misra, Anil Singh Bisht, Sanat K. Kumar and Guruswamy Kumaraswamy

Soft Matter, 2021, 17, 4098-4108

On the sensitivity of alginate rheology to composition
Karthika Suresh, Marleen Häring, Guruswamy Kumaraswamy and David Díaz Díaz

Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 159-165

Aqueous dispersions of lipid nanoparticles wet hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces
Manoj Kumar, Mayuresh A. Kulkarni, Narendiran G. Chembu, Arun Banpurkar and Guruswamy Kumaraswamy

Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 205-215

Capillary uptake in microporous compressible sponges
Soumyajyoti Chatterjee, Pankaj Doshi and Guruswamy Kumaraswamy

Soft Matter, 2017, 13, 5731-5740

Phase behaviour of the ternary system: monoolein-water-branched polyethylenimine
Manoj Kumar and Guruswamy Kumaraswamy

Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 5705-5711

Compact polar moieties induce lipid-water systems to form discontinuous reverse micellar phase
Manoj Kumar, Naganath G. Patil, Chandan Kumar Choudhury, Sudip Roy, Ashootosh V. Ambade and Guruswamy Kumaraswamy

Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 5417-5424


Professor Kumaraswamy’s favourite Soft Matter articles

Professor Kumaraswamy has selected some recent publications in Soft Matter that he has found particularly interesting or insightful. These articles are all free to read until 15 July 2022.

Micro- and nanocelluloses from non-wood waste sources; processes and use in industrial applications
Julius Gröndahl, Kaisa Karisalmi and Jaana Vapaavuori

Soft Matter, 2021, 17, 9842-9858

Impact of dynamic covalent chemistry and precise linker length on crystallization kinetics and morphology in ethylene vitrimers
Bhaskat Soman, Yoo Kyung Go, Chengtian Shen, Cecilia Leal and Christopher M. Evans

Soft Matter, 2022, 18, 293-303
From our cross-journal themed collection on ‘Polymer Networks’ between Soft Matter and Polymer Chemistry

Modeling polymer crystallisation induced by a moving heat sink
Sabin Adhikari, Ahana Purushothaman, Alejandro A. Krauskopf, Christopher Durning, Sanat K. Kumar and Sumesh P. Thampi

Soft Matter, 2021, 17, 2518-2529


All these articles are currently FREE to read until 15 July 2022!

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