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Editors’ Highlights: Computational and theoretical soft matter

Did you know that an essential part of Soft Matter’s scope is the theory, modelling and simulation of soft matter systems? 

At Soft Matter, we are excited by the insights and understanding of soft matter that can be gained through computational and theoretical methods. We are committed to publishing the highest quality research in these areas.  

Helping us to achieve this aim are our Editorial Board members Michael Rubinstein (University of North Carolina, USA), Christos Likos (University of Vienna, Austria), Anna Balazs (University of Pittsburgh, USA) and Sam Safran (Weitzmann Institute of Science, Israel)- all leading researchers in the theory, modelling and simulation of soft matter. 

We asked Michael, Christos, Anna and Sam to choose their favourites from the computational and theoretical papers published recently in Soft Matter. 

Below are their highlights.  All the papers selected are now free to access* until 30th June 2014 : 

Theory of two-dimensional self-assembly of Janus colloids: crystallization and orientational ordering Homin Shin and Kenneth S. Schweizer  

Annealed lattice animal model and Flory theory for the melt of non-concatenated rings: towards the physics of crumpling Alexander Y. Grosberg   

Alignment of cylindrical colloids near chemically patterned substrates induced by critical Casimir torques M. Labbé-Laurent, M. Tröndle, L. Harnau and S. Dietrich 

Shape selection in chiral ribbons: from seed pods to supramolecular assemblies Shahaf Armon, Hillel Aharoni, Michael Moshe and Eran Sharon 

From adhesion to wetting of a soft particle Thomas Salez, Michael Benzaquen and Élie Raphaël 

Modeling the response of dual cross-linked nanoparticle networks to mechanical deformation Balaji V. S. Iyer, Isaac G. Salib, Victor V. Yashin, Tomasz Kowalewski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski and Anna C. Balazs   

Elasto-capillarity at the nanoscale: on the coupling between elasticity and surface energy in soft solids Joost H. Weijs, Bruno Andreotti and Jacco H. Snoeijer   

Phase separation dynamics on curved surfaces Davide Marenduzzo and Enzo Orlandini 

 *Free access to individuals is provided through a RSC Publishing personal account. Registration is quick, free and simple. 

We invite you to submit your next research paper in these areas to Soft Matter.   

About the Editors 

Professor Michael RubinsteinMichael Rubinstein is Chair of the Soft Matter Editorial Board and a Professor at the University of North Carolina, USA. Michael’s research interests are in the area of theoretical soft condensed matter physics with an emphasis on polymer physics. His main scientific contributions include theories of polymer entanglements, dynamics of reversible networks, and models of charged polymers. His recent scientific interests are in applications of polymer physics to biological systems. 

Professor Christos Likos  

Christos Likos is a Professor at the University of Vienna, Austria and handles submissions as a Soft Matter Associate Editor. His research interests revolve around coarse-graining, structure and dynamics of complex fluids, mainly solutions of colloidal particles and macromolecular aggregates. He is Coordinator of the EU-wide ITN “Physics of Complex Colloids: Equilibrium and Driven”, a joint effort of leading laboratories to analyze the properties of complex fluids in- and out-of-equilibrium. 


Professor Anna Balazs 

Anna Balazs is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests centre on theoretical and computational modelling of the thermodynamic and kinetic behaviour of polymer blends and composites.  She is also investigating the properties of polymers at surfaces and interfaces.Professor Sam Safran


Sam Safran has been a Professor in the Department of Materials and Interfaces of the Weizmann Institute, Israel, since 1990.  He also served as Vice President of the Weizmann Institute and Dean of its Graduate School.  From 1980-1990 he was at the Exxon Corporate Research Labs where he worked on the theory of soft matter with a focus on the structure and phase behavior of oil-water-surfactant dispersions.  His recent research interests have extended soft matter concepts to treat synthetic and biological membranes and cells.


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Soft Matter 2012 Reviews in Biophysics

Soft Matter welcomes submissions on the biophysics of soft matter systems, for example:

•    Membranes and lipid bilayers
•    Biomimetic materials
•    Cell mechanics and adhesion
•    Self-assembly of biomacromolecules
•    DNA and protein dynamics and folding
•    Buckling/jamming of cell layers and tissues
•    Physics of drug delivery systems
•    Flagella and motility

Also, see our recently published themed issue on ‘Polyelectrolytes in biology and soft matter‘, with guest editors Michael Rubinstein and Garegin Papoian.

The following review content will be free for a limited time:

Assembly and stability of α-helical membrane proteins
Matthias Heyden, J. Alfredo Freites, Martin B. Ulmschneider, Stephen H. White and Douglas J. Tobias
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 7742-7752, DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25402F

Lipid membranes in contact with aqueous phases of polymer solutions
Rumiana Dimova and Reinhard Lipowsky
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6409-6415, DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25261A

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, DOI: 10.1039/C2SM06999G

Revealing structural and dynamical properties of high density lipoproteins through molecular simulations
Artturi Koivuniemi and Ilpo Vattulainen
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 1262-1267, DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06742G

Inhibiting, promoting, and preserving stability of functional protein fibrils

Owen Griffith Jones and Raffaele Mezzenga
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 876-895, DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06643A

Adsorption and self-assembly of biosurfactants studied by neutron reflectivity and small angle neutron scattering: glycolipids, lipopeptides and proteins
Jeffrey Penfold, Robert K. Thomas and Hsin-Hui Shen
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 578-591, DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06304A

Computer simulations of fusion, fission and shape deformation in lipid membranes
Kai Yang and Yu-qiang Ma
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 606-618, DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05903C

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Focus on: Superhydrophobic surfaces

Soft Matter & Journal of Materials ChemistrySuperhydrophobic surfaces can cause water to roll off leaving little or no liquid behind and even pick-up and remove small dirt particles resting on the surface; however, despite the  progress made, there is still an opportunity fabricate these surfaces using simpler and cheaper methods, to maximise roll-off, or to introduction additional functional properties. Here we’ve brought together a selection of articles covering the preparation of superhydrophobic surfaces and coatings, their chemical and physical properties, and the origin of the superhydrophobic effect.

Hydrophilic and superhydrophilic surfaces and materials
Jaroslaw Drelich ,  Emil Chibowski ,  Dennis Desheng Meng and Konrad Terpilowski
Soft Matter, 2011,7, 9804-9828

Immersed superhydrophobic surfaces: Gas exchange, slip and drag reduction properties
Glen McHale ,  Michael I. Newton and Neil J. Shirtcliffe
Soft Matter, 2010,6, 714-719

Characterization of superhydrophobic behavior: effect of vibrational energy
W. Li ,  Y. P. Diao ,  H. L. Zhang ,  G. C. Wang ,  S. Q. Lu ,  X. J. Dong ,  H. B. Dong and Q. L. Sun
Soft Matter, 2009,5, 2833-2835

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Focus on: Ferrofluids and ferromagnetic soft matter

Read some of our recently published work on ferrofluids and ferromagnetic soft matter. All free to download for a limited time.

Review Article:
Magnetorheological fluids: a review
Juan de Vicente,  Daniel J. Klingenberg and Roque Hidalgo-Alvarez
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 3701-3710, DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01221A

Full Papers:
Enhanced hardening of soft self-assembled copolymer gels under homogeneous magnetic fields
Haining An,  Stephen J. Picken and Eduardo Mendes
Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 4497-4503, DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00216J

Growth mechanism of nanostructured superparamagnetic rods obtained by electrostatic co-assembly
M. Yan,  J. Fresnais and J.-F. Berret
Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 1997-2005, DOI: 10.1039/B919992F

Magnetic sensitivity of a dispersion of aggregated ferromagnetic carbon nanotubes in liquid crystals
Oleksandr Buluy,  Sergej Nepijko,  Victor Reshetnyak,  Elena Ouskova,  Victor Zadorozhnii,  Albrecht Leonhardt,  Manfred Ritschel,  Gerd Schönhense and Yuriy Reznikov
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 644-649, DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00131G

Templated self-assembly in three dimensions using magnetic levitation
Filip Ilievski,  Katherine A. Mirica,  Audrey K. Ellerbee and George M. Whitesides
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 9113-9118, DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05962A

Ferrofluids with shifted dipoles: ground state structures
Sofia Kantorovich,  Rudolf Weeber,  Juan J. Cerda and Christian Holm
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 5217-5227, DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05186E

Non-linear response of dipolar colloidal gels to external fields
Patrick Ilg and Emanuela Del Gado
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 163-171, DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00592D

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Focus on: Bicontinuous & cubic mesophases

A selection of recent papers covering the fundamental properties of bicontinuous & cubic mesophases including cubosomes and hexosomes.

Charged carrier mobility in the cubic (Ia3d) mesophase of 1,2-bis(4 ‘-n-nonyloxybenzoyl)hydrazine (BABH-9)
Jean-Moïse Suisse,  Hiroyuki Mori,  Hirosato Monobe,  Shoichi Kutsumizu and Yo Shimizu, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 11086-11088

Cubosomes for ruthenium complex delivery: formulation and characterization
Gaetano Mangiapia,  Mauro Vaccaro,  Gerardino D’Errico,  Henrich Frielinghaus,  Aurel Radulescu,  Vitaliy Pipich,  Anna M. Carnerup and Luigi Paduano, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 10577-10580


Controlled embedment and release of DNA from lipidic reverse columnar hexagonal mesophases
Idit Amar-Yuli,  Jozef Adamcik,  Shoshana Blau,  Abraham Aserin,  Nissim Garti and Raffaele Mezzenga, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 8162-8168

The interaction of cubosomes with supported phospholipid bilayers using neutron reflectometry and QCM-D
Hsin-Hui Shen,  Patrick G. Hartley,  Michael James,  Andrew Nelson,  Hugo Defendi and Keith M. McLean, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 8041-8049

Aqueous phase behaviour of choline carboxylate surfactants-exceptional variety and extent of cubic phases
Regina Klein,  Gordon J. T. Tiddy,  Eva Maurer,  Didier Touraud,  Jordi Esquena,  Olivier Tache and Werner Kunz, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 6973-6983

Preparation and biological evaluation of self-assembled cubic phases for the polyvalent inhibition of cholera toxin
Scott J. Fraser,  Rachel Rose,  Meghan K. Hattarki,  Patrick G. Hartley,  Olan Dolezal,  Raymond M. Dawson,  Frances Separovic and Anastasios Polyzos, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 6125-6134

Nanostructured self-assembly materials from neat and aqueous solutions of C18 lipid pro-drug analogues of Capecitabine-a chemotherapy agent. Focus on nanoparticulate cubosomes (TM) of the oleyl analogue
Xiaojuan Gong,  Minoo J. Moghaddam,  Sharon M. Sagnella,  Charlotte E. Conn,  Xavier Mulet,  Stephen J. Danon,  Lynne J. Waddington and Calum J. Drummond, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 5764-5776

Steric stabilisation of self-assembled cubic lyotropic liquid crystalline nanoparticles: high throughput evaluation of triblock polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide-polyethylene oxide copolymers
Josephine Y. T. Chong,  Xavier Mulet,  Lynne J. Waddington,  Ben J. Boyd and Calum J. Drummond, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 4768-4777

Converging layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte microcapsule and cubic lyotropic liquid crystalline nanoparticle approaches for molecular encapsulation
Chantelle D. Driever,  Xavier Mulet,  Angus P. R. Johnston,  Lynne J. Waddington,  Helmut Thissen,  Frank Caruso and Calum J. Drummond, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 4257-4266

Templating effects of lyotropic liquid crystals in the encapsulation of amyloid fibrils and their stimuli-responsive magnetic behavior
Idit Amar-Yuli,  Jozef Adamcik,  Cécile Lara,  Sreenath Bolisetty,  Jijo J. Vallooran and Raffaele Mezzenga, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 3348-3357

DNA-lipid self-assembly: phase behavior and phase structures of a DNA-surfactant complex mixed with lecithin and water
Azat Bilalov,  Ulf Olsson and Björn Lindman, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 730-742

Enhanced uptake of an integral membrane protein, the dopamine D2L receptor, by cubic nanostructured lipid nanoparticles doped with Ni(II) chelated EDTA amphiphiles
Charlotte E. Conn,  Xavier Mulet,  Minoo J. Moghaddam,  Connie Darmanin,  Lynne J. Waddington,  Sharon M. Sagnella,  Nigel Kirby,  Joseph N. Varghese and Calum J. Drummond, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 567-578

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Focus on: Ionic Liquid Phases & Interfaces

Soft Matter issue 15 front coverReview
Conditions for and characteristics of nonaqueous micellar solutions and microemulsions with ionic liquids
Oliver Zech and Werner Kunz,
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 5507-5513

“Dry ionic liquid” as a newcomer to “dry matter”
Kazushi Shirato and Mitsuru Satoh,
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 7191-7193

Microemulsions with novel hydrophobic ionic liquids
Jan H. Porada, Markus Mansueto, Sabine Laschat and Cosima Stubenrauch,
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 6805-6810

Diffusion in ionic liquids: the interplay between molecular structure and dynamics
J. R. Sangoro, C. Iacob, S. Naumov, R. Valiullin, H. Rexhausen, J. Hunger, R. Buchner, V. Strehmel, J. Kärger and F. Kremer,
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 1678-1681

Study of micelles and microemulsions formed in a hydrophobic ionic liquid by a dielectric spectroscopy method. I. Interaction and percolation
Yiwei Lian and Kongshuang Zhao,
Soft Matter, 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05491K, Advance Article

Reversible tuning of the hydrophobic–hydrophilic transition of hydrophobic ionic liquids by means of an electric field
Maolin Sha, Dongxiao Niu, Qiang Dou, Guozhong Wu, Haiping Fang and Jun Hu,
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 4228-4233

Degree of chain branching-dependent assemblies and conducting behavior in ionic liquid crystalline Janus dendrimers
Jin-Woo Choi and Byoung-Ki Cho,
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 4045-4049

Micellar dye shuttle between water and an ionic liquid
Carlos Guerrero-Sanchez, Daan Wouters, Stephanie Hoeppener, Richard Hoogenboom and Ulrich S. Schubert,
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 3827-3831

Ionic liquid crystals derived from 4-hydroxypyridine
Jung-Tang Lu, Ching-Kuan Lee and Ivan J. B. Lin,
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 3491-3501

Don’t miss Faraday Discussion 154 on Ionic Liquids. The meeting will be held on 22 – 24 August 2011, and the papers will be published online a few months after the meeting. More here…

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Focus on: Wetting and dewetting of surfaces

Soft Matter CoverA collection of articles published in Soft Matter on the wetting and dewetting of surfaces.


Some thoughts on superhydrophobic wetting
Christian Dorrer and Jürgen Rühe
Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 51-61 
Diversity of structure, morphology and wetting of plant surfaces
Kerstin Koch, Bharat Bhushan and Wilhelm Barthlott
Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 1943-1963 
Progess in superhydrophobic surface development
Paul Roach, Neil J. Shirtcliffe and Michael I. Newton
Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 224-240 
Wetting and anti-wetting on aligned carbon nanotube films
Huan Liu, Jin Zhai and Lei Jiang
Soft Matter, 2006, 2, 811-821 
On water repellency
Mathilde Callies and David Quéré
Soft Matter, 2005, 1, 55-61 



Approaches in wetting phenomena
Rafael Tadmor
Soft Matter, 2011, Advance Article 
Bio-inspired slanted polymer nanohairs for anisotropic wetting and directional dry adhesion
Moon Kyu Kwak, Hoon-Eui Jeong, Tae-il Kim, Hyunsik Yoon and Kahp Y. Suh
Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 1849-1857 
Immersed superhydrophobic surfaces: Gas exchange, slip and drag reduction properties
Glen McHale, Michael I. Newton and Neil J. Shirtcliffe
Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 714-719
From themed issue Emerging themes in soft matter: responsive and active soft materials 
The interface in demixed colloid–polymer systems: wetting, waves and droplets
Dirk G. A. L. Aarts
Soft Matter, 2007, 3, 19-23

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