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We are very pleased to welcome Professor Zhihong Nie as an Associate Editor for Soft Matter. Read more to learn all about Zhihong!

Profile picture of Zhihong NieZhihong Nie is a Professor in the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers and Department of Macromolecular Science at Fudan University, China. Prior to this position, he was a tenured faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. His current research focuses on molecular and nanoparticle self-assembly, biomedical imaging and delivery, programmable soft materials, and microfluidics. He has received various awards including the NSF CAREER Award and the 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award. Read more on his group webpage.

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

The field of soft matter is still relatively young and many problems remain open. Unlike hard matter, soft matter is highly heterogeneous, dynamic and complex in its structure. Such characteristics make soft matter’s problems challenging to tackle. Recent advances in characterization tools and new technologies are expected to drastically accelerate the understanding, development and application of soft matter.”

“We live in a world where soft matter is ubiquitous. For realizing a sustainable society, more and more hard and heavy materials will be replaced by soft and light materials. More and more future technologies will be built on soft matter. It is fair to say that we are entering a new era of soft matter that will reshape our world.

 

Editor’s choice: Zhihong’s favourite Soft Matter articles

Here are four publications that Zhihong has chosen as his favourite recent articles in Soft Matter.

Graphical abstract for "Molecular understanding for large deformations of soft bottlebrush polymer networks". Containing an illustration of bottlebrush polymer networks and a graph of yield strain v shear modulusMolecular understanding for large deformations of soft bottlebrush polymer networks
Li-Heng Cai
Soft Matter, 2020, 16, 6259-6264
From one our 2021 Soft Matter Emerging Investigators

 

 

 

Graphical abstract image for "3D aggregation of cells in packed microgel media". Contains cartoon and microscope images of single cells aggregating, clusters coalescing and clusters creating networks3D aggregation of cells in packed microgel media
Cameron D. Morley, Jesse Tordoff, Christopher S. O’Bryan, Ron Weiss and Thomas E. Angelini
Soft Matter, 2020, 16, 6572-6581
From our Liquid Composites themed collection

 

 

Graphical abstract for "Collective motion of chiral Brownian particles controlled by a circularly-polarized laser beam". Contains no rotation and collective rotation microscopy images and graphs of particles using laser beam

Collective motion of chiral Brownian particles controlled by a circularly-polarized laser beam
Raúl Josué Hernández, Francisco J. Sevilla, Alfredo Mazzulla, Pasquale Pagliusi, Nicola Pellizzid and Gabriella Cipparrone
Soft Matter, 2020, 16, 7704-7714

 

 

 

 

Graphical abstract for "Finger directed surface charges for local droplet motion". Containing droplet moving images in response to finger position and graphs of horizontal position and velocity against timeFinger directed surface charges for local droplet motion
Ning Li, Cunlong Yu, Zhichao Dong and Lei Jiang
Soft Matter, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/d0sm01073a

 

 

 

 

All these articles are currently FREE to read until 19th November 2020!

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We are very pleased to welcome Dr Emanuela Zaccarelli as an Associate Editor for Soft Matter. Read more to learn all about Emanuela!

Emanuela Zaccarelli profile pictureEmanuela Zaccarelli has served on the Soft Matter Editorial Board for three years prior to becoming an Associate Editor for the journal, and is currently a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Complex Systems of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), based at the Physics Department of the Sapienza University of Rome. After graduating in Physics at the same University in 1999, she obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University College of Dublin, Ireland in 2002.

Emanuela’s main research interests are on phase behaviour and dynamic arrest of complex fluids, including colloids with depletion interactions, star polymers, microgels, clays and patchy particles. She mainly uses theory and computer simulations, often in connection with experimental work. She was the first recipient of the Soft Matter Lectureship in 2009 for her studies on gels and glasses in colloidal suspensions. In 2015 she was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant to model the effective interactions of microgel particles. She is among the initiators of the “Italian Soft Days” series of meetings, which are aimed to gather together soft matter scientists working in Italy to favour collaboration and discussions among them.

 

Learn more about Emanuela by reading some of her research articles below!

Numerical modelling of non-ionic microgels: an overview
Lorenzo Rovigatti, Nicoletta Gnan, Letizia Tavagnacco, Angel J. Moreno and Emanuela Zaccarelli
Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 1108-1119

Numerical insights on ionic microgels: structure and swelling behaviour
Giovanni Del Monte, Andrea Ninarello, Fabrizio Camerin, Lorenzo Rovigatti, Nicoletta Gnan and Emanuela Zaccarelli
Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 8113-8128

Effective potentials induced by self-assembly of patchy particles
Nicolás Ariel García, Nicoletta Gnan and Emanuela Zaccarelli
Soft Matter, 2017, 13, 6051-6058

 

All these articles are currently FREE to read until 13th October 2020!

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We are very pleased to welcome Professor Amy Shen to the Soft Matter Editorial Board. Read more to learn all about Amy!

Amy ShenAmy Shen is a professor in Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan. Her research is focused on microfluidics, rheology, and self-assembly, with applications in nanotechnology and biotechnology. She received the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 2003 and the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award in 2007. Amy was also a Fulbright Scholar in 2013. More recently, she gave the 2019 Bergveld lecture at the University of Twente, Netherlands. She is an associate editor for Micromachines, Biomedical Microdevices, and belongs to the editorial advisory boards of VIEW and Physics of Fluids. Amy is also a Series Editor for the RSC Soft Matter book series.

Learn more about Amy by reading some of her research articles below!

Flow of wormlike micellar solutions around microfluidic cylinders with high aspect ratio and low blockage ratio
Simon J. Haward, Naoyuki Kitajima, Kazumi Toda-Peters, Tsutomu Takahashi and Amy Q. Shen 
Soft Matter, 2019,15, 1927-1941

Evaporation and morphological patterns of bi-dispersed colloidal droplets on hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces
R. Iqbal, B. Majhy, Amy Q. Shen and A. K. Sen  
Soft Matter, 2018,14, 9901-9909

Temperature controlled tensiometry using droplet microfluidics
Doojin Lee, Cifeng Fang, Aniket S. Ravan, Gerald G. Fullerc and Amy Q. Shen  
Lab Chip, 2017,17, 717-726

All these articles are currently FREE to read until the 15th May!

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We are very pleased to welcome Professor Ewa Górecka to the Soft Matter Editorial Board. Read more to learn all about Ewa!

Ewa GoreckaEwa Gorecka is a professor at the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Warsaw. Her research focuses on the study of liquid crystals, gels and nanoparticles using various X-ray diffraction and microscopic methods to study the structure of these materials at the nanoscale. She is also interested in the mechanisms of spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in soft matter. Her latest publications concern the use of X-ray diffraction methods to solve the structure of chiral phases with limited positional order.

Learn more about Ewa by reading some of her research articles below!

 

Calamitic and discotic liquid crystalline phases for mesogens with triangular cores
Jadwiga Szydłowska, Adam Krówczyński, Ewa Górecka and Damian Pociecha
Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 7195-7202

Molecular curvature, specific intermolecular interactions and the twist-bend nematic phase: the synthesis and characterisation of the 1-(4-cyanobiphenyl-4′-yl)-6-(4-alkylanilinebenzylidene-4′-oxy)hexanes (CB6O.m)
Rebecca Walker, Damian Pociecha, Grant J. Strachan, John M. D. Storey, Ewa Gorecka and Corrie T. Imrie
Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 3188-3197

Organic nanotubes created from mesogenic derivatives
Vladimíra Novotná, Věra Hamplová, Lubor Lejček, Damian Pociecha, Martin Cigl, Ladislav Fekete, Milada Glogarová, Lucie Bednárová, Pawel W. Majewski and Ewa Gorecka
Nanoscale Adv., 2019, 1, 2835-2839

All these articles are currently FREE to read until the 31st March 2020!

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Welcoming our new Soft Matter Editorial Board Members

We are excited to welcome three new members to the Soft Matter editorial board Gijsje Koenderink (AMOLF), Emanuela Zaccarelli (Sapienza University of Rome), Xuehua Zhang (RMIT University). 

 

Gijsje Koenderink is professor of Biological Soft Matter at the NWO Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, where she also heads the Systems Biophysics Department. She is furthermore affiliated with the Faculty of Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She received her PhD in chemistry from Utrecht University, studying phase behaviour and dynamics in colloidal mixtures, and moved into the field of cell biophysics during her postdoc at Harvard University.

Koenderink’s research focuses on experimental physics of living matter, right at the interface of biophysics and soft condensed matter. Koenderink received several prestigious personals grants including an HFSP Young Investigator grant, NWO-VIDI, and ERC StG grant.

 

 

Emanuela Zaccarelli is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Complex Systems of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), based at the Physics Department of the Sapienza University of Rome. After graduating in Physics at the same University in 1999, she obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University College of Dublin, Ireland in 2002.

Emanuela’s main research interests are on phase behavior and dynamic arrest of complex fluids, including colloids with depletion interactions, star polymers, microgels, clays and patchy particles.

She was the first recipient of the Soft Matter Lectureship in 2009 for her studies on gels and glasses in colloidal suspensions.

 

 

Xuehua Zhang completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. From July 2014 on she joined RMIT University as an Associate Professor in School of Engineering and in October 2014 she was also appointed as a part-time Professor in Physics of Fluids Group at University of Twente.

Her research topics cover surface nanobubbles and nanodroplets, microwetting, surface forces, spontaneous emulsification, microextraction, self-assembly of colloids, evaporation and dissolution of multicomponent droplets, and bubble dynamics in catalytic reactions.

 

 

We are delighted that they have joined the Soft Matter team!

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Soft Matter Welcomes Jan Dhont to the Editorial Board as Associate Editor

We are pleased to welcome new Associate Editor, Professor Jan K. G. Dhont (Forschungszentrum Jülich and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany) to the Soft Matter Editorial Board.

Jan’s research focusses on the study of colloidal systems. He aims to understand the macroscopic, non-equilibrium phenomena that colloid systems exhibit, both with and without external fields such as shear flow, electric fields and confinement; on a microscopic basis. To achieve this he synthesises colloidal dispersions with appropriate and tailored properties and uses a variety of optical and mechanical techniques to probe structure, dynamics and kinetics on a microscopic scale.

Jan is currently both a director at Forschungszentrum Jülich and Professor of Physics at the University of Düsseldorf. He has made a significant contribution to the field and to the journal and we are delighted to have him join the Soft Matter team!

To find out more about Jan’s research, take a look at his recent papers:

Thermophoresis of charged colloidal rods
Zilin Wang, Hartmut Kriegs, Johan Buitenhuis, Jan K. G. Dhont and Simone Wiegand

Near-wall dynamics of concentrated hard-sphere suspensions: comparison of evanescent wave DLS experiments, virial approximation and simulations
Yi Liu, Jerzy Bławzdziewicz, Bogdan Cichocki, Jan K. G. Dhont, Maciej Lisicki, Eligiusz Wajnryb, Y.-N. Young and Peter R. Lang

Flow instability due to coupling of shear-gradients with concentration: non-uniform flow of (hard-sphere) glasses
Howon Jin, Kyongok Kang, Kyung Hyun Ahn and  Jan K. G. Dhont

An electric-field induced dynamical state in dispersions of charged colloidal rods
Jan K. G. Dhont and Kyongok Kang

As a Soft Matter Associate Editor, Jan will be handling submissions to the journal. Why not submit your next paper to his Editorial Office?

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Soft Matter Welcomes New Associate Editor Dimitris Vlassopoulos

We are delighted to welcome our newest Soft Matter Associate Editor: Professor Dimitris Vlassopoulos (University of Crete, Greece).

Dimitris is a leading expert in polymer rheology and has published over 160 papers. His research focuses on soft matter physics and engineering problems with specific interests in molecular rheology and rheo-physics in the bulk and at liquid interfaces, architecturally complex polymers, and soft colloids.

Dimitris also brings a wealth of previous editorial experience to the Soft Matter team; we are delighted to have him board.

To find out more about Dimitris’ research, take a look at this recent paper:

Molecular rheology of branched polymers: decoding and exploring the role of architectural dispersity through a synergy of anionic synthesis, interaction chromatography, rheometry and modeling
Evelyn van Ruymbeke, Hyojoon Lee, Taihyun Chang, Anastasia Nikopoulou, Nikos Hadjichristidis, Frank Snijkers, Dimitris Vlassopoulos

And a Soft Matter issue dedicated to the theme of ‘Bridging the gap between soft and hard colloids’ of which Dimtris was a Guest Editor along with Professor Michel Cloitre

As a Soft Matter Associate Editor, Dimitris will be handling submissions to the journal. Why not submit your next paper to his Editorial Office?
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Kathleen Stebe joins the Soft Matter Editorial Board

Kathleen Stebe joins Soft Matter Editorial Board

We are delighted that Professor Kathleen Stebe has joined the Soft Matter Editorial Board as an Associate Editor.

Kathleen J. Stebe received a B.A. in Economics from the City College of New York, Magna cum Laude, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Levich Institute, also at CCNY, under the guidance of Charles Maldarelli. Thereafter, she spent a post-doctoral year at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne with Dominique Barthès-Biesel. Professor Stebe joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, where she rose through the ranks to become Professor and department chair. In 2008, Professor Stebe joined the University of Pennsylvania as the Richer and Elizabeth M. Goodwin Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, where she has served as the department chair and currently serves as the Deputy Dean for Research.

Professor Stebe has been a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies; she has received the Robert S. Pond Excellence in Teaching Award at JHU, the Frenkiel Award from the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society, and was named a Fellow of the APS.

Professor Stebe’s research focuses on capillary phenomena, including anisotropic particles interaction and assembly at interfaces and within complex fluids, including liquid crystals and lipid bilayers. She is an expert on interfacial flows, with particular emphasis on how surfactants can be used to direct stresses at interfaces and to alter drop break up modes. Other aspects of her research address dynamic surface tension, rheology of protein laden interfaces, and the design of interfaces and bounding surfaces for biological and materials applications.

To find out more about Professor Stebe’s research, take a look at these recent papers:

Marcello Cavallaro Jr, Mohamed A. Gharbi, Daniel A. Beller, Simon Čopar, Zheng Shi, Randall D. Kamien, Shu Yang, Tobias Baumgart and Kathleen J. Stebe

Lorenzo Botto, Eric P. Lewandowski, Marcello Cavallaro and Kathleen J. Stebe

As a Soft Matter Associate Editor, Professor Stebe will be handling submissions to the journal. Why not submit your next paper to her Editorial Office?
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Anna Balazs is made a Materials Research Society Fellow

Congratulations to Soft Matter Editorial Board member Anna Balazs, who has been made a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) this year.

This recognition honors MRS members who are notable for their distinguished accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research, worldwide. 

Anna, who is a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, was awarded the Fellowship “for pioneering contributions to the prediction of materials behavior, ranging from nanocomposites to self-healing materials to oscillating gels, through the development of novel computational models.” Congratulations, Anna, on an excellent achievement!

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Paul Janmey joins the Soft Matter Editorial Board

We are delighted to welcome our new Soft Matter Editorial Board member Professor Paul Janmey.

Soft Matter Associate Editor Paul JanmeyPaul Janmey is a Professor of Physiology at the Institute for Medicine and Engineering, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (USA).  After receiving his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Professor Janmey undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he developed an approach to apply polymer physics methods to study the cytoskeleton.
 
In his research work, Professor Janmey uses a variety of imaging, scattering and rheologic methods to study of cell mechanics. His current interests include:

  • viscoelastic properties of biopolymer networks
  • how and why cells respond to their mechanical environment
  • the regulation of cytoskeletal and extracellular matrix assembly
  • new biocompatible materials for tissue engineering and wound healing

As a Soft Matter Associate Editor, Professor Janmey will be handling submissions to the journal. Why not submit your next paper to his Editorial Office?

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