Themed collection Soft Matter 15th Anniversary Perspectives
Celebrating Soft Matter's 15th anniversary
To emphasize, highlight and celebrate the various intellectual thread ideas in the research field, we have taken the occasion of our 15th anniversary to commission 15 thought leaders to write their personal perspectives on what they think is “cool”, and where they think their sub-field is evolving towards.
Arrested dynamics in a model peptide hydrogel system
We report here on a peptide hydrogel system, which in contrast to most other such systems, is made up of relatively short fibrillar aggregates, discussing resemblance with colloidal rods.
Molecular recognition with soft biomaterials
This review and critique provides fundamental considerations and practical suggestions for fabricating new polymeric biosensors, drug delivery vehicles, and scaffolds for tissue regeneration with tunable molecular recognition properties.
Potential and limits of a colloid approach to protein solutions
We critically discuss the application of colloid science concepts to better understand protein solution properties in the entire concentration range.
Theory and practice of origami in science
No longer just the purview of artists and enthusiasts, origami engineering has emerged as a potentially powerful tool to create three dimensional structures on disparate scales.
Microscopic precursors of failure in soft matter
In analogy to a Dali-style clock that suddenly breaks under gravitational stress, soft matter under a mechanical load may exhibit delayed failure. We discuss recent works unveiling microscopic precursors of failure in amorphous soft solids.
Nanoparticles and organized lipid assemblies: from interaction to design of hybrid soft devices
This contribution reviews the state of art on hybrid soft matter assemblies composed of inorganic nanoparticles (NP) and lamellar or non-lamellar lipid bilayers.
As above, so below, and also in between: mesoscale active matter in fluids
What is the collective behavior of mesoscopic (size ≈ 0.5 mm–50 cm) organisms/robots that swim or fly, such as plankton and small insects? In this perspective article we discuss the importance of studying active matter in fluids with finite inertia.
Polymer dynamics under confinement
Recent neutron scattering and related results from simulation and other techniques on the microscopic dynamics of polymers under confinement are presented. Coexistence of dynamical phases in the confined polymer determines the macroscopic properties.
Engineering self-assembly of giant molecules in the condensed state based on molecular nanoparticles
The structure and properties of macromolecules are dictated not only by the composition, but also by their topology, sequence, and dispersity.
Soft matter from liquid crystals
We review advances in soft matter research based on liquid crystals, including recent studies of liquid crystals beyond equilibrium.
Functional materials with self-healing properties: a review
In this paper, we have outlined recent progress made in functional materials with self-healing properties and put forward insights from the perspectives of material healing mechanisms.
Influence of surface topography attributes on settlement and adhesion of natural and synthetic species
Surface topographies of various sizes, shapes, and spatial organization abound in nature.
Recent development of electro-responsive smart electrorheological fluids
We summarize the latest electrorheological (ER) materials along with their rheological understanding, and also provide a forward-looking summary of the potential applications of ER technology.
The physics of open systems for the simulation of complex molecular environments in soft matter
Multiscale molecular dynamics of open systems represents a powerful tool of investigation in soft matter.
Designing biomimetic liquid diodes
Just as the innovation of electronic diodes that allow the current to flow in one direction provides a foundation for the development of digital technologies, the engineering of surfaces or devices that allow the directional and spontaneous transport of fluids, termed liquid diodes, is highly desired in a wide spectrum of applications ranging from medical microfluidics, advanced printing, heat management and water collection to oil–water separation.