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Themed collection Soft Matter Most Popular 2020

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Open Access Perspective

Soft matter science and the COVID-19 pandemic

Much of the science underpinning the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic lies in the soft matter domain.

Graphical abstract: Soft matter science and the COVID-19 pandemic
Review Article

An engineer's introduction to mechanophores

Mechanophores are force-responsive molecules that have the potential to serve as stress sensors in various material systems. This review discusses recent scientific advances and critical challenges facing engineers regarding implementation of mechanophores in polymeric materials.

Graphical abstract: An engineer's introduction to mechanophores
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Review Article

Irreversible adsorption of polymer melts and nanoconfinement effects

This review invites us to reconsider the way we look at interfaces: from a mere expression of intermolecular potentials to versatile processing parameters.

Graphical abstract: Irreversible adsorption of polymer melts and nanoconfinement effects
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Review Article

A practical guide to active colloids: choosing synthetic model systems for soft matter physics research

This review article provides practical, experimentally relevant details on six common types of active colloids useful for soft matter research.

Graphical abstract: A practical guide to active colloids: choosing synthetic model systems for soft matter physics research
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Review Article

Recent progress in the science of complex coacervation

We review recent progress in the science of polymeric complex coacervation.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in the science of complex coacervation
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Review Article

A review on recent advances in polymer and peptide hydrogels

Herein, very recent advances in polymer, peptide, and hybrid hydrogels for uses in photovoltaics, supercapacitor, organic electronics, drug delivery, tissue engineering, biosensing, cell culture, and different optoelectronic materials are discussed.

Graphical abstract: A review on recent advances in polymer and peptide hydrogels
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Review Article

Fabrication and application of complex microcapsules: a review

The development of new functional materials requires cutting-edge technologies for incorporating different functional materials without reducing their functionality.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication and application of complex microcapsules: a review
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Review Article

Advances in our understanding of the structure and functionality of edible fats and fat mimetics

Structural length scales within a fat crystal network, from TAG molecules packing into lamellae, crystalline nanoplatelets and fractal aggregates of nanoplatelets.

Graphical abstract: Advances in our understanding of the structure and functionality of edible fats and fat mimetics
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Review Article

Measuring viscoelasticity of soft biological samples using atomic force microscopy

The latest achievements in the viscoelastic characterization of biological samples with AFM are reviewed from both methodological and theoretical sides.

Graphical abstract: Measuring viscoelasticity of soft biological samples using atomic force microscopy
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Communication

Microrheological characterization of covalent adaptable hydrogel degradation in response to temporal pH changes that mimic the gastrointestinal tract

This work provides a new experimental platform to simultaneously mimic the pH environment in the GI tract and characterize the degradation of a covalent adaptable hydrogel to determine viability of this material as an oral delivery vehicle.

Graphical abstract: Microrheological characterization of covalent adaptable hydrogel degradation in response to temporal pH changes that mimic the gastrointestinal tract
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Open Access Paper

Apparent phototaxis enabled by Brownian motion

To improve the understanding of phototaxis, we investigate the origin of our photocatalytic particles’ peculiar scotophobicity (fear of darkness).

Graphical abstract: Apparent phototaxis enabled by Brownian motion
From the themed collection: 2021 Soft Matter Emerging Investigators
Paper

Rheological investigation of collagen, fibrinogen, and thrombin solutions for drop-on-demand 3D bioprinting

Collagen, fibrinogen, and thrombin proteins in aqueous buffer solutions are widely used as precursors of natural biopolymers in three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting applications.

Graphical abstract: Rheological investigation of collagen, fibrinogen, and thrombin solutions for drop-on-demand 3D bioprinting
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Open Access Paper

Catalytically propelled 3D printed colloidal microswimmers

3D microprinting allows the preparation of colloidal microswimmers with unlimited shape complexity furthering the understanding of out-of-equilibrium phenomenon.

Graphical abstract: Catalytically propelled 3D printed colloidal microswimmers
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Holographic immunoassays: direct detection of antibodies binding to colloidal spheres

The size of a probe bead reported by holographic particle characterization depends on the proportion of the surface area covered by bound target molecules and so can be used as an assay for molecular binding.

Graphical abstract: Holographic immunoassays: direct detection of antibodies binding to colloidal spheres
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Paper

First-passage fingerprints of water diffusion near glutamine surfaces

First-passage time statistics of water molecules carries information about their interaction with proteins. This information allows reconstruction of water’s space-dependent mobility near protein surfaces.

Graphical abstract: First-passage fingerprints of water diffusion near glutamine surfaces
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
Paper

Network topologies dictate electromechanical coupling in liquid metal–elastomer composites

Conductive traces of elastomer embedded with liquid metal droplets exhibit little change in electrical resistance when stretched to large strains. Computational modeling is performed to better understand this remarkable piezoresistive property.

Graphical abstract: Network topologies dictate electromechanical coupling in liquid metal–elastomer composites
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Escape of a passive particle from an activity-induced energy landscape: emergence of slow and fast effective diffusion

Activity can also slow down the escape dynamics in dense environment by incorporating ruggedness in the energy landscape, as revealed in our analytical calculations.

Graphical abstract: Escape of a passive particle from an activity-induced energy landscape: emergence of slow and fast effective diffusion
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Elasto-morphology of P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction organic solar cells

The effect of solution processing conditions on the elasto-morphology of a bulk heterojunction layer reveals a trade-off between thermo-mechanical stability and performance in organic solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Elasto-morphology of P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction organic solar cells
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Field driven evaporation kinetics of a sessile ferrofluid droplet on a soft substrate

We experimentally investigate the evaporation kinetics of a sessile ferrofluid droplet placed on a soft substrate in the presence of a time-dependent magnetic field.

Graphical abstract: Field driven evaporation kinetics of a sessile ferrofluid droplet on a soft substrate
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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An insight into the role of riboflavin ligand in the self-assembly of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-based nanoparticles – a molecular simulation and experimental approach

Nanoparticles (NPs) used for targeted delivery purposes are rapidly gaining importance in diagnostic and therapeutic fields.

Graphical abstract: An insight into the role of riboflavin ligand in the self-assembly of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-based nanoparticles – a molecular simulation and experimental approach
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Rationally designed surface microstructural features for enhanced droplet jumping and anti-frosting performance

Hierarchically structured aluminum superhydrophobic surfaces are prepared, and it is demonstrated that appropriate microstructural size scale is required to achieve improved droplet jumping and anti-frosting performance of the surfaces.

Graphical abstract: Rationally designed surface microstructural features for enhanced droplet jumping and anti-frosting performance
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Fabrication of unconventional inertial microfluidic channels using wax 3D printing

A novel workflow for the fabrication of inertial microfluidic devices based on the wax 3D printing method.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication of unconventional inertial microfluidic channels using wax 3D printing
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Thermodynamic control over energy dissipation modes in dual-network hydrogels based on metal–ligand coordination

Multiple energy dissipating modes are introduced into a model network hydrogel by metallo-supramolecular bonds and regulated by their association thermodynamics.

Graphical abstract: Thermodynamic control over energy dissipation modes in dual-network hydrogels based on metal–ligand coordination
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Adaptable Eu-containing polymeric films with dynamic control of mechanical properties in response to moisture

Moisture that competes with dipicolylamine to bind Eu dynamically controls the mechanical and optical properties of polymer films, as well as their self-healing efficiency.

Graphical abstract: Adaptable Eu-containing polymeric films with dynamic control of mechanical properties in response to moisture
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Seawater-enhanced tough agar/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/clay hydrogel for anti-adhesion and oil/water separation

Seawater-enhanced tough APNC gel used for anti-adhesion and oil/water separation.

Graphical abstract: Seawater-enhanced tough agar/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/clay hydrogel for anti-adhesion and oil/water separation
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Durability of submerged hydrophobic surfaces

Study of change in surface morphology and wettability of biomimetic hydrophobic surfaces submerged in acidic, basic and neutral media for different durations over a prolonged period of time.

Graphical abstract: Durability of submerged hydrophobic surfaces
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Cross-correlated humidity-dependent structural evolution of Nafion thin films confined on a platinum substrate

We cross-correlate the hydration-dependent structure and properties – microscopic and macroscopic – of a thin Nafion ionomer film on an electrochemically pertinent Pt substrate.

Graphical abstract: Cross-correlated humidity-dependent structural evolution of Nafion thin films confined on a platinum substrate
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Preparation of hydrophobic epoxy–polydimethylsiloxane–graphene oxide nanocomposite coatings for antifouling application

Epoxy–polydimethylsiloxane–graphene oxide (EPG) nanocomposite coatings were synthesized by loading different wt% of graphene oxide nanosheets (GNs) into an epoxy–hydroxy-terminated-polydimethylsiloxane (EP–hPD) matrix through in situ polymerization.

Graphical abstract: Preparation of hydrophobic epoxy–polydimethylsiloxane–graphene oxide nanocomposite coatings for antifouling application
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Conformational dynamics and phase behavior of lipid vesicles in a precisely controlled extensional flow

Direct observation of vesicle conformational dynamics in extensional flow and precise characterization of flow phase diagrams using a Stokes trap.

Graphical abstract: Conformational dynamics and phase behavior of lipid vesicles in a precisely controlled extensional flow
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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Fabrication of novel MXene (Ti3C2)/polyacrylamide nanocomposite hydrogels with enhanced mechanical and drug release properties

Novel Ti3C2/polyacrylamide nanocomposite hydrogels with excellent mechanical and drug release performances were fabricated via in situ polymerization, employing ultralow content Ti3C2 nanosheets as crosslinkers instead of organic crosslinkers.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication of novel MXene (Ti3C2)/polyacrylamide nanocomposite hydrogels with enhanced mechanical and drug release properties
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Most Popular 2020
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