Celebrating Soft Matter's 10th Anniversary: Stimuli-responsive Pickering emulsion polymerized smart fluids
In this Highlight, we review the stimuli-responsive electrorheological and magnetorheological performance of Pickering emulsion-polymerized core–shell structured particle based smart fluids.
Celebrating Soft Matter's 10th Anniversary: Approaches to program the time domain of self-assemblies
We present strategies for temporal programming of self-assemblies in non-equilibrium systems following concepts of regulatory reaction networks, energy dissipation and kinetic control.
Celebrating Soft Matter’s 10th Anniversary: Toward jamming by design
From micron-size droplets to soft robots to architectural structures, jamming is emerging as a new approach to control structural properties and dynamic response.
Celebrating Soft Matter's 10th Anniversary: Topology matters: structure and dynamics of ring polymers
Considering topology among all polymer architectures polymer rings are unique, as they are the simplest closed structures without ends.
Celebrating Soft Matter's 10th Anniversary: Influencing the charge of poly(methyl methacrylate) latexes in nonpolar solvents
Charged polymer latexes can be produced in nonpolar solvents, and the variations used to control the charge have been reviewed.
Celebrating Soft Matter's 10th anniversary: Testing the foundations of classical entropy: colloid experiments
By performing experiments on colloids, one can establish that certain definitions of the classical entropy fit the data, while others in the literature do not.
Celebrating Soft Matter's 10th Anniversary: Simplicity in complexity – towards a soft matter physics of caramel
Master rheological spectra of our caramels over 12 orders of magnitude of frequency.
Celebrating Soft Matter's 10th Anniversary: Sequential phase transitions in thermoresponsive nanoemulsions
We combine confocal microscopy and rheological characterization to show that both percolation and liquid–gas phase separation are dynamically arrested states that support elastic stresses in a colloidal gel.
Celebrating Soft Matter's 10th Anniversary: Cell division: a source of active stress in cellular monolayers
The emergence of meso-scale turbulence by division-induced active stresses in cellular monolayers.
Celebrating Soft Matter's 10th anniversary: screening of the calcium-induced spontaneous curvature of lipid membranes
Calcium induces a positive spontaneous curvature in negatively charged membranes, in a process completely screened by sodium.
Celebrating Soft Matter's 10th Anniversary: Chain configuration and rate-dependent mechanical properties in transient networks
Associative polymer gel mechanics in shear flow is studied using Smoluchowski equations to model the evolution of chain distributions, providing insight into the importance of chain end association kinetics, loop and bridge formation, and chain end tumbling on start-up of steady shear and subsequent relaxation.
Celebrating Soft Matter’s 10th Anniversary: Monitoring colloidal growth with holographic microscopy
The distribution of particle radius and refractive index for a sample of PDMS spheres. Each point represents the properties of one sphere. Most particles are clustered around a monodisperse peak. The distribution's tail reveals a population of particles that stopped growing prematurely.
About this collection
This year in 2015 we are celebrating Soft Matter’s 10th anniversary. When the journal was launched it was intended to be the first dedicated forum for the interdisciplinary soft matter community; a natural home for soft matter scientists who transcend the traditional boundaries between chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and engineering. We are delighted with the progress the journal has made over the last 10 years. Thanks to many dedicated authors, reviewers and Editors, we have published over 7000 articles reporting exciting advances in our understanding of the fundamental behaviour of soft matter. As part of the anniversary celebrations we have put together this web themed collection of papers, which we feel exemplify the kind of high impact, multidisciplinary soft matter science that Soft Matter aims to publish. We shall be adding articles to the collection throughout the year so keep checking back for new additions!