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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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2019 Soft Matter Outstanding Student Paper Award Winner

We are pleased to introduce the Soft Matter Outstanding Student Paper Award. This new annual award recognises outstanding work published in the journal, for which a substantial component of the research was conducted by a student. Read below for more information.

Our 2019 Winner 

The inaugural recipient of the 2019 Soft Matter Outstanding Student Paper award is Ms Morgan Barnes, PhD student within the Verduzco polymer group at Rice University, for her contributions towards the paper titled ‘Direct shape programming of liquid crystal elastomers’ (DOI: 10.1039/C8SM02174K).

This paper is free to read until 1st July – click here to access!

Article graphicLiquid crystalline elastomers (LCEs) are shape-shifting materials promising for applications ranging from biomedical devices to soft-robotics. However, programming complex (non-planar) shape changes has been a challenge. In this work, we took advantage of the double network structure of LCEs to achieve complex shape changes by balancing the first and second network crosslink densities. The initial shape is defined by the mold during the first network cure and the shape-change is programmed by mechanically deforming the LCE into the desired shape prior to the second network cure. This enabled us to create a variety of complex shape changes not previously possible, such as an LCE sheet that reversibly curls into a flower and another that morphs into the broad and sharp features of a face.

This work has previously featured in Chemistry World – read the full article here!

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for this award, the nominee must:

  • Have been a student at the time the research was conducted.
  • Be first author of a research article published in 2019 in Soft Matter.

Selection Process

In order to choose the winner of the 2019 Outstanding Student Paper Award, a shortlist of articles that were published throughout the year were selected by the editorial office and then subsequently assessed by the journal’s Editorial Board members. The winner was selected based upon the significance, impact and quality of the research.

Prize

The winner of the Outstanding Student Paper Award will receive an engraved plaque and a travel bursary of £500 to use towards a meeting of their choice. 

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To have your paper considered for the 2020 Soft Matter Outstanding Student Award, simply indicate upon submission if the first author of the paper fulfils this criteria.

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Outstanding Reviewers for Soft Matter in 2018

Outstanding Reviewers for Soft Matter in 2018

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Soft Matter in 2018, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Professor Arindam Banerjee, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science ORCiD: 0000-0002-1309-921X

Professor Peter Beltramo, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr Ronald Larson, University of Michigan ORCiD: 0000-0001-7465-1963

Professor Zichen Li, Peking University ORCiD: 0000-0002-0746-9050

Professor Yan Qiao, Institute of Chemistry, CAS ORCiD: 0000-0003-1069-7756

Professor Dejun Sun, Shandong University

Professor Yilin Wang, Institute of Chemistry, CAS ORCiD: 0000-0002-8455-390X

Professor Roland Winkler, Forschungszentrum Jülich ORCiD: 0000-0002-7513-0796

Dr Lixin Wu, Jilin University ORCiD: 0000-0002-4735-8558

Dr Yun Yan, Peking University ORCiD: 0000-0001-8759-3918

We would also like to thank the Soft Matter board and the soft matter research community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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University of Vienna announces new Full Professorship in Experimental Soft Matter Physics

The University of Vienna are looking for an outstanding researcher with an internationally established record and reputation in the broad area of experimental soft condensed matter physics, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, or biological physics.

The research topics of interest include, without being limited to these: self-assembly behavior of soft matter in- and out-of equilibrium; phase transformations; novel soft and hybrid and composite materials; active systems; stochastic thermodynamics; rheology; and physics-oriented approach to biological systems. 

Applicants are expected to strengthen the existing research focus of the Faculty of Physics on soft matter, statistical mechanics and soft materials by conducting world-class research, by attracting competitive funding and by actively promoting collaboration with theoretical/computational soft matter groups of the Faculty of Physics.

For more details click here

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Outstanding Reviewers for Soft Matter in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Soft Matter in 2017, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Professor Nino Grizzuti, University of Naples, Federico II
Dr Daeyeon Lee, University of Pennsylvania, ORCID: 0000-0001-6679-290X
Dr M. Lettinga, Forschungszentrum Julich, ORCID: 0000-0002-1894-2691
Dr Qi Lin, Northwest Normal University, ORCID: 0000-0002-3786-3593
Dr Minghua Liu, CAS Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Science, ORCID: 0000-0002-6603-1251
Dr Kaiqiang Liu, Shaanxi Normal University, ORCID: 0000-0001-7069-566X
Professor Jan Vermant, ETH Zurich, ORCID: 0000-0002-0352-0656
Dr Yilin Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, ORCID: 000-0002-8455-390X
Dr Lixin Wu, Jilin University, ORCID: 0000-0002-4735-8558
Dr Shimei Xu, Sichuan University, ORCID: 0000-0002-2217-2335

We would also like to thank the Soft Matter board and the soft matter research community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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Submit to Soft Matter using Overleaf

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In May 2016, the Royal Society of Chemistry announced a new partnership with Overleaf, whereby authors submitting to Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) could access Overleaf’s collaborative cloud-based writing and reviewing tool with 1-click submission into the PCCP ScholarOne submission system. In 2017, this partnership was extendedand authors can now submit their manuscripts to Soft Matter using the same system.

To help authors publish their research with us we host our Soft Matter LaTeX template in the Overleaf authoring tool. Overleaf simplifies LaTeX authorship by enabling collaborators to easily prepare and edit their manuscripts with realtime format previewing, simple document sharing and collaboration, user support and LaTeX help.

With one click, the PDF of your manuscript and a ZIP file of the LaTeX source files are sent directly to the Soft Matter submission system without the need to download and re-upload files, making the process quicker and easier.

A free introductory course is available to authors who are new to LaTeX and Overleaf.  Our Microsoft Word templates are located in our author guidelines.

The template is also available from the Soft Matter website.

About Overleaf

Founded in 2012 and with over 400,000 registered users, Overleaf is an academic authorship tool that allows seamless collaboration and effortless manuscript submission, all underpinned by cloud-technology. By providing an intuitive online collaborative writing and publishing platform, Overleaf is making the process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents quicker and easier. Researchers and academics can now write, collaborate, and publish with a single click, directly from the Overleaf web-app. Publishers and Institutions are partnering with Overleaf to provide customized writing templates, simple reference tool linking, and one-click publishing submission links.

Supported by Digital Science, Overleaf aims to make science and research faster, more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific writing process into one place in the cloud – from idea, to writing, to review, to publication.

Follow @overleaf and @softmatter on Twitter.

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Outstanding Reviewers for Soft Matter in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Soft Matter in 2016, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Dr Giorgio Cinacchi, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Dr Jens Elgeti, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Dr Wei Hong, Iowa State University
Professor M P Lettinga, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Dr Bo Li, University of Illinois
Dr Kaiqiang Liu, Shaanxi Normal University
Dr Benoit Loppinet, FORTH IESL
Dr Frank Snijkers, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Professor Jan Vermant, ETH Zurich
Dr Yilin Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences

We would also like to thank the Soft Matter board and the journal community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre.

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Bouncing Leidenfrost droplets seem to defy gravity

Scientists uncover why charged droplets on a hot surface bounce progressively higher.

Leidenfrost

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry
Dynamics of an ethanol Leidenfrost droplet in an electric field. The total time covered by (b) and (c) is about 9 seconds

 

Researchers from the Netherlands and China have discovered that they can make small droplets dribble on a hot surface like a bouncing ball by applying an electric field. Changes in the droplet’s mass and charge over time make it bounce progressively higher, seemingly defying gravitational attraction.

Inspired by a video showing droplets orbiting a charged knitting needle at the International Space Station, Sander Wildeman from the University of Twente and Chao Sun from Tsinghua University wanted to investigate how charged droplets behave in a strong electric field. ‘Gravity is a problem on Earth, and we wanted the droplets to move without friction as they do in space,’ explains Wildeman. This is why they decided to do their investigation on Leidenfrost droplets, which move with very little friction.

Read the full story by Liisa Niitsoo in Chemistry World.


This article is free to access until 16 January 2016.

Sander Wildeman and Chao Sun, Soft Matter, 2016. DOI: 10.1039/C6SM01506A

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Royal Society of Chemistry and ACS Publications commit to ORCID integration

Yesterday, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society Publications Division, ACS Publications, both signed the ORCID Open Letter committing to unambiguous identification of all authors that publish in our journals.

The official press release can be found here: http://rsc.li/orcid

In brief, this partnership with ORCID will resolve ambiguity in researcher identification caused by name changes, cultural differences in name presentation, and the inconsistent use of name abbreviations, thereby ensuring their contributions are appropriately recognized and credited.

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Handy gel grips chemists

Concept of composite material gripping

Source: Royal Society of Chemistry

A team of scientists has computationally modelled a responsive material that shows finger-like motion while another research group has theoretically studied materials that can move like a snail.

 

The human body is a remarkable system, and scientists have tried hard to reproduce its combination of motion and stability for many years. One promising approach is to use systems composed of several different materials that can mimic bone and muscle structure and can respond to stimuli such as light.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Awaneesh Singh, Olga Kuksenok and Anna C. Balazs
Soft Matter, 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6SM02006B, Paper
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