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Nominations now open for the 2020 Soft Matter Lectureship

Do you know an early-career researcher who deserves recognition for their contribution to the soft matter field?

Now is your chance to put them forward for the accolade they deserve!

Soft Matter is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Soft Matter Lectureship award. This annual award was established in 2009 to honour an early-stage career scientist who has made a significant contribution to the soft matter field.

The recipient of the award will be asked to present a lecture at an international conference in 2020, where they will also be presented with the award. The Soft Matter Editorial Office will provide financial support to the recipient for travel and accommodation costs.

The recipient will also be asked to contribute a lead article to the journal and will have their work showcased free of charge on the front cover of the issue in which their article is published.

Tim White receiving his award from Dimitris Vlassopoulos and Laura Fisher

Prof Tim White receiving his Soft Matter Lectureship award from Professor Dimitris Vlassopoulos (left) and Laura Fisher (right)

 

Previous winners

2019 – Timothy J White, University of Colorado, USA

2018 – Susan Perkin, University of Oxford, UK

2017 – Daeyeon Lee, University of Pennsylvania, USA

2016 – Damien Baigl, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

2015 – Lucio Isa, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

2014 – Eric Dufresne, Yale Univeristy, USA

2013 – Eric Furst, University of Delaware, USA

2012 – Patrick Doyle, MIT, USA

2011 – Michael J. Solomon, University of Michigan, USA

2010 – Bartosz Grzybowski, UNIST, Republic of Korea

2009 – Emanuela Zaccarelli, University of Rome, Italy

Eligibility

To be eligible for the lectureship, candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Be an independent researcher, having completed PhD and postdoctoral studies
  • Be actively pursuing research within the soft matter field, and have made a significant contribution to the field
  • Be at an early stage of their independent career (this should be within 12 years of attaining their doctorate or equivalent degree, but appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken a career break or followed an alternative study path)

Although the Soft Matter Lectureship doesn’t explicitly reward support of or contributions to the journal, candidates with no history of either publishing in or refereeing for the journal would typically not be considered.

Selection

  • Eligible nominated candidates will be notified of their nomination, and will be asked to provide 3 recent articles that they feel represent their current research.
  • All eligible nominated candidates will be assessed by a shortlisting panel, made up of members of the Soft Matter Advisory Board and a previous lectureship winner.
  • The shortlisting panel will consider the articles provided by the candidates as well as their CVs and letters of nomination.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be further assessed by the Soft Matter Editorial Board, and a winner will be selected based on an anonymous poll.
  • Selection is not based simply on quantitative measures. Consideration will be given to all information provided in the letter of recommendation and candidate CV, including research achievements and originality, contributions to the soft matter community, innovation, collaborations and teamwork, publication history, and engagement with Soft Matter.

Nominations

  • Nominations must be made via email to softmatter-rsc@rsc.org, and should include a short CV (3 page maximum length) and a brief letter of nomination (1 page maximum length)
  • Self-nomination is not permitted.
  • Nominators do not need to be senior researchers, and we encourage nominations from people at all career levels.
  • As part of the Royal Society of Chemistry, we believe we have a responsibility to promote inclusivity and accessibility in order to improve diversity. Where possible, we encourage each nominator to consider nominating candidates of all genders, races, and backgrounds.
  • Candidates outside of the stated eligibility criteria may still be considered.

Nominations should be submitted no later than 30th November 2019.

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Register now for ECIS 2019

The the 33rd Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS), will take place from the 8th to the 13th September 2019 at KU Leuven, Belgium.

Topics will cover fundamental and applied advances in the fields of dispersed systems, nanoparticles, self-assembly and supramolecular systems, as well as wetting and liquid interfaces. In addition, advances in theory, simulation, and instrumentation including new analytical techniques will be discussed. During the conference, plenary lectures will be given by the laureates of the Overbeek and Solvay Prizes and by other eminent speakers. Participation and advancement of young researchers and PhD students will be encouraged through the Enzo Ferroni Prize and several best poster prizes.

 

Conference banner for the ECIS

 

For more information and to register visit the conference website: https://kuleuvencongres.be/ecis2019/home

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Congratulations to Poster Prizewinners at The 2019 Graham Lecture and Symposium

Soft Matter was proud to sponsor 3 Poster Prizes at the recent Graham Lecture and Symposium, which took place in London on the 9th July and focused on the industrial and interdisciplinary applications of suspensions. Speakers presented on a wide range of applications, including ice cream, ceramics and paint, and on interdisciplinary topics, such as volcanoes. The awards were presented by Andrew Walton from Malvern Panalytical.

Ben Guy receiving his award

Ben Guy receives his award from Andrew Walton (Malvern Panalytical)

Rory O'Neill receiving his award

Rory O’Neill (University of Edinburgh) receives his award from Andrew Walton (Malvern Panalytical)

Soichiro Makino receiving his award

Soichiro Makino (University of Edinburgh) receives his award from Andrew Walton (Malvern Panalytical)

Congratulations to all three prize winners!

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Polydays 2019 – Polymer Science and Engineering in View of Digitalization

The Polydays 2019 conference, taking place in Berlin on the 11th – 13th September, will focus on the transformation of material research by digital technologies, initiated by the Berlin-Brandenburg Association of Polymer Research (BVP) and organized by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG). The conference will be chaired by Prof. Andreas Lendlein (Institute of Biomaterial Science, HZG) and co-chaired by Prof. Hans Börner (Institute of Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).

Confirmed plenary speakers:
– Amanda Barnard, CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia
– Andrew I. Cooper, University of Liverpool, UK
– Jean-François Lutz, CNRS-Institute Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France
– E. W. (Bert) Meijer, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
– Roeland Nolte, Radboud University, The Netherlands
– H. Jerry Qi, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

Key dates
12th July – abstract submission deadline
31st July – early bird registration deadline

For more information please refer to the conference webpage:  www.hzg.de/polydays2019

Polydays event flyer

 

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The 29th biennial meeting of the Institute of Physics Polymer Physics Group

The 29th biennial meeting of the Institute of Physics Polymer Physics Group will take place from 11-13 September 2019 at the University of Lincoln, UK.  The early registration deadline is 19 July 2019 and poster abstract submission will remain open until 23 August 2019.

 

The Founders’ Prize lecture will be given by Masao Doi (Beihang University, China), and the invited speakers (confirmed) are Rachel Evans (Cambridge, UK), Marie-Pierre Laborie (Freiburg, Germany), Juan de Pablo (Chicago, USA) and James Sharp (Nottingham, UK).

Please see the conference website http://paps19.iopconfs.org/home for further details.  The event is open to all with an interest.

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InterPore 2020

Mark your calendar: InterPore2020 will be held 25-28 May 2020 in Qingdao, China!

Topics covered include

  • Transport phenomena
  • Swelling and shrinking porous media
  • Multiphysics-multiphase flow
  • Reservoir engineering
  • Soil Mechanics and Engineering
  • Geothermal energy
  • CO2 sequestration
  • Constitutive modeling
  • Wave propagation
  • Energy Storage
  • Biotechnology
  • Biofilms
  • Thin and nanoscale poromechanics
  • Fuel cells and batteries
  • Food
  • Paper and textiles
  • Filters, foams, membranes
  • Fibers and composites
  • Ceramics and constructions materials
  • Other porous media applications

For more information please refer to the conference webpage.

Interpore Flyer

 

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2019 Lectureship awarded to Tim White at ISMC

Professor Tim White gave the 2019 Soft Matter Lecture and was presented with his Award at the International Soft Matter Conference in Edinburgh, which took place from the 3rd – 7th June. Professor White’s lecture was on ‘Pixelated Polymers: Programming Function into Liquid Crystalline Polymer Networks and Elastomers’.

 

Tim White receiving his award from Dimitris Vlassopoulos and Laura Fisher

Prof Tim White receiving his Soft Matter Lectureship award from Associate Editor Professor Dimitris Vlassopoulos (left) and Deputy Editor Laura Fisher (right) (©Paul Maguire)

 

Professor Tim White presenting his lecture at the ISMC

Professor Tim White presenting his lecture at the ISMC (©Paul Maguire)

 

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2019 Soft Matter Lectureship Awarded to Professor Tim White

It is with great pleasure that we announce Prof. Tim White (University of Colorado Boulder, USA) as the recipient of the 2019 Soft Matter Lectureship.

Professor Tim WhiteTim White completed his PhD at the University of Iowa.  Thereafter he went on to become a Senior Research Engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory in the US.  In July, Tim was appointed as the Gallogly Professor of Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder where he has founded the Responsive and Programmable Materials Group.

His current research activities are broadly focused on harnessing stimuli response in liquid crystalline materials to realize shape transformation or optical reconfiguration.

Tim will give his lecture and receive his certificate at the International Soft Matter Conference in Edinburgh in June.

 

To learn more about Tim’s research read some of his Soft Matter papers below

Polymer stabilization of cholesteric liquid crystals in the oblique helicoidal state
Mariacristina Rumi,  Timothy J. Bunning  and  Timothy J. White
Soft Matter, 2018,14, 8883-8894

Blue-shifting tuning of the selective reflection of polymer stabilized cholesteric liquid crystals
Kyung Min Lee,  Vincent P. Tondiglia,  Nicholas P. Godman,  Claire M. Middleton  and  Timothy J. White
Soft Matter, 2017,13, 5842-5848

Voxel resolution in the directed self-assembly of liquid crystal polymer networks and elastomers
Benjamin A. Kowalski,  Vincent P. Tondiglia,  Tyler Guin  and  Timothy J. White
Soft Matter, 2017,13, 4335-4340

Photosensitivity of reflection notch tuning and broadening in polymer stabilized cholesteric liquid crystals
Kyung Min Lee,  Vincent P. Tondiglia  and  Timothy J. White
Soft Matter, 2016,12, 1256-1261

 

Thank you to everyone who nominated a candidate for the Lectureship; we received many excellent nominations, and the Editorial Board had a difficult task in choosing between some outstanding candidates.

Please join us in congratulating Tim on his award!

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Spotlight on Anderson Shum: 2017 Soft Matter Emerging Investigator

This week’s issue of Soft Matter is our 2019 Emerging Investigators issue, which contains articles from soft matter researchers in the early stages of their independent careers and is accompanied by an Editorial from Editor-in-Chief Professor Darrin Pochan. To celebrate this issue we are delighted to feature the profile of Professor Anderson Shum, who published in our 2017 Emerging Investigators issue. Below, Anderson talks about his research journey, from student to Associate Professor, and his feelings towards Soft Matter!

 

 Professor Anderson Shum“I started my scientific career as a student working on photocatalysis of titanium in the summer at Technion after my high school, and assembly of surfactants onto metallic substrates during my undergraduate studies at Princeton. All of these helped cultivate a deep interest in topics relevant to Soft Matter. I was initially excited by soft matter areas because of the pretty microscopic pictures that you can see. Afterwards, I was intrigued by the set of tools that emerge, such as microfluidics, for manipulating soft matter systems. Recently, I am becoming more convinced how findings in soft matter can benefit a plethora of applications, ranging from food to biomedicine.

The journal, Soft Matter, addresses all of these interesting topics, and reports the latest discoveries and applications, always showcasing some fascinating pictures and explaining new science in an easy-to-understand manner. The articles often contain very illustrative figures and schematics that elucidate an otherwise difficult concept to understand. Soft Matter sets itself apart from many journals, as it can be a relaxing and enjoyable read. Currently, most, if not all, of my research hinges on some aspects of soft matter science, probably because of its ability to keep the interests of mine and my students’ high.“

 

Read Anderson’s Soft Matter papers below!

1. Coalescence of electrically charged liquid marbles Soft Matter, 2017, 13, 119-124 (Emerging Investigators 2017 Issue)

2. Partitioning-dependent conversion of polyelectrolyte assemblies in an aqueous two-phase system Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 1552-1558

3. Capillary micromechanics for core–shell particles Soft Matter, 2014, 10, 3271-3276

4. Engineering polymeric composite particles by emulsion-templating: thermodynamics versus kinetics Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 9780-9784

These articles are all  FREE to read and download until the 20th March

 

Biography

Anderson Ho Cheung Shum received his B.S.E. degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University, S.M. and Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Programme in the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include microfluidics, microscaled fluid flows, emulsion-templated materials and soft matter.

 Anderson was a HK nominee for the 2017 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize), and an awardee for the Early Career Award by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong in 2012, HKU Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2016-17, silver medal in 46th International Exhibition of Inventions (Geneva, Switzerland) in 2018 and IEEE Nanomed 2018 New Innovator in 2018. He was selected to join The Royal Society of Chemistry as a fellow in 2017 and The Young Academy of Science of Hong Kong as a founding member in 2018. He is a top 1% scholar by Clarivate Analytics’s Essential Science Indicators in 2018. He is an Associate Editor for Biomicrofluidics (American Institute of Physics (AIP), starting January 2019), Editorial Board member for Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) and an Editorial Advisory Board member for Lab-on-a-Chip (Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)).

 

 

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Spotlight on LaShanda Korley: 2017 Soft Matter Emerging Investigator

This week’s issue of Soft Matter is our 2019 Emerging Investigators issue, which contains articles from soft matter researchers in the early stages of their independent careers and is accompanied by an Editorial from Editor-in-Chief Professor Darrin Pochan. In order to celebrate this issue, we are delighted to feature the profile of Professor LaShanda Korley, who published in our 2017 Emerging Investigators issue. Below, LaShanda discusses her research from the issue and how it fits into her overall research interests.

Professor LaShanda Korley“Biomimicry is the underlying theme of my research program. We apply bio-inspired principles towards the design of responsive and mechanically-tunable polymeric systems.  This strategy is highly interdisciplinary, integrating many aspects of soft matter chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering.   Soft Matter is an ideal publication platform for this research, from the unique scope of the journal to the breadth of reviewer expertise. In the 2017 Emerging Investigator issue, hygromorphic, bilayer actuator composites inspired by seed pods were highlighted, combining concepts of interfacial assembly, transport, and manufacturing in active and passive soft components.1 This fundamental investigation was translated to the design of hygromorphic materials with aligned, active elements for controlled actuation.2 Other biomimetic avenues explored by my research team have also been published in Soft Matter, including peptide hybrid materials,3 templating in multilayered films4, and molecular gel assembly in polymer composites.5  As Director of the NSF PIRE: Bio-inspired Materials and Systems, I also lead an interdisciplinary team of US and Swiss researchers that are inspired by natural materials, such as the sea cucumber, caddisfly silk, and the extracellular matrix, towards the design of dynamic and tunable materials for soft robotics.”

 

Read LaShanda’s Soft Matter papers below!

1. Tunable hygromorphism: structural implications of low molecular weight gels and electrospun nanofibers in bilayer composites Soft Matter2017, 13, 283-291 (Emerging Investigators 2017 Issue)

2. Programming shape and tailoring transport: advancing hygromorphic bilayers with aligned nanofibers Soft Matter, 2017, 13, 5589 – 5596

3. Enhanced mechanical pathways through nature’s building blocks: amino acids Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 11431-11442

4. Thin film confinement of a spherical block copolymer via forced assembly co-extrusion Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 4381-4385

5. Mechanical enhancement via self-assembled nanostructures in polymer nanocomposites Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 2449 – 2455

These papers are all currently FREE to read and download until 20th March

 

Biography
LaShanda T.J. Korley recently joined the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware as a Distinguished Associate Professor.  Previously, she held the Climo Associate Professorship of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where she started her independent career in 2007. Her research program involves utilizing design rules from Nature in the development of mechanically-enhanced and tunable materials. She is the PI of the NSF PIRE: Bio-inspired Materials and Systems.

She received a B.S. in both Chemistry & Engineering from Clark Atlanta University, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.  Dr. Korley completed her Ph.D. at MIT in Chemical Engineering and the Program in Polymer Science and Technology in 2005. LaShanda Korley was a Provost’s Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

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