Themed collection Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice

13 items
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
Paper

Electric field modulated peptide based hydrogel nanocatalysts

The ability to modulate self-assembly is the key to manufacture application-oriented materials.

Graphical abstract: Electric field modulated peptide based hydrogel nanocatalysts
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
Paper

Thermophobic Leidenfrost

We report that a volatile liquid or a sublimating solid deposited on a hot substrate with a gradient of temperature does not only levitate (Leidenfrost effect), but also spontaneously accelerates to the cold.

Graphical abstract: Thermophobic Leidenfrost
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
Paper

Colloidal aggregation in anisotropic liquid crystal solvent

We report on colloidal aggregation in the nematic liquid crystal phase. Luminescent colloids are self-assembled in situ, providing a unique method to study large-scale hierarchical assembly in an anisotropic solvent.

Graphical abstract: Colloidal aggregation in anisotropic liquid crystal solvent
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
Open Access Paper

Agile reversible shape-morphing of particle rafts

The highly morphable particle raft changes its topography under an electric field without any prescribed patterns. The interface is stably driven to upheave and move by metallic electrodes, paper, and even human fingers.

Graphical abstract: Agile reversible shape-morphing of particle rafts
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
Paper

The role of complementary shape in protein dimerization

Shape alone guides colloidal nanoparticles to form complex assemblies, and in some cases can define interfaces in biomolecular complexes.

Graphical abstract: The role of complementary shape in protein dimerization
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
Paper

On the relationship between cutting and tearing in soft elastic solids

Unique observations of cutting energy in silicone elastomers motivate a picture of soft fracture that qualitatively and quantitatively links far-field tearing with push cutting for the first time.

Graphical abstract: On the relationship between cutting and tearing in soft elastic solids
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
Open Access Paper

Structural color from solid-state polymerization-induced phase separation

Inspired by living organisms that exploit phase separation to assemble structurally colored materials from macromolecules, we show that solid-state polymerization-induced phase separation can produce stable structures at optical length scales.

Graphical abstract: Structural color from solid-state polymerization-induced phase separation
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
Paper

A self-healing, recyclable, and degradable fire-retardant gelatin-based biogel coating for green buildings

Application of a self-healing, recyclable and fire-retardant gelatin-based biogel coating is a sustainable and eco-friendly method for the fire safety of green buildings.

Graphical abstract: A self-healing, recyclable, and degradable fire-retardant gelatin-based biogel coating for green buildings
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
Paper

Hetero-network hydrogels crosslinked with silica nanoparticles for strategic control of thermal responsive property

Hetero-network hybrid hydrogels in which two copolymers having different LCST connected with silica nanoparticles exhibit two phase transitions accompanied by volume shrinkage and transparency reduction at near the LCSTs of each copolymer.

Graphical abstract: Hetero-network hydrogels crosslinked with silica nanoparticles for strategic control of thermal responsive property
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
Paper

Disentangling collective motion and local rearrangements in 2D and 3D cell assemblies

We propose a new tracking-free method for the quantification of multiscale dynamics in 2D and 3D cell collectives.

Graphical abstract: Disentangling collective motion and local rearrangements in 2D and 3D cell assemblies
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
Paper

Splitting dynamics of ferrofluid droplets inside a microfluidic T-junction using a pulse-width modulated magnetic field in micro-magnetofluidics

A novel, simple, and robust ferrofluid droplet splitting in microfluidics employing a pulse-width modulated magnetic field is proposed.

Graphical abstract: Splitting dynamics of ferrofluid droplets inside a microfluidic T-junction using a pulse-width modulated magnetic field in micro-magnetofluidics
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
Paper

Intestines of non-uniform stiffness mold the corners of wombat feces

The bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is a fossorial, herbivorous, Australian marsupial, renowned for its cubic feces.

Graphical abstract: Intestines of non-uniform stiffness mold the corners of wombat feces
From the themed collection: Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief's Choice
13 items

About this collection

New Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief Alfred Crosby (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA) has selected a few outstanding recent articles in Soft Matter that he has found particularly interesting or insightful for this Editor’s Choice collection.

Spotlight

Advertisements