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Themed collection 2016's most accessed Soft Matter articles

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Using Brownian motion to measure shape asymmetry in mesoscopic matter using optical tweezers

We quantify the asymmetry of single optically trapped red blood cells from the cross-correlation between their rotational and translational Brownian motion.

Graphical abstract: Using Brownian motion to measure shape asymmetry in mesoscopic matter using optical tweezers
From the themed collection: Open access articles from Soft Matter
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The stabilizing effect of shear thinning on the onset of purely elastic instabilities in serpentine microflows

We determine both experimentally and numerically the onset of elastic flow instabilities in viscoelastic polymer solutions with different levels of shear thinning.

Graphical abstract: The stabilizing effect of shear thinning on the onset of purely elastic instabilities in serpentine microflows
From the themed collection: Open access articles from Soft Matter
Open Access Paper

Glass transitions in native silk fibres studied by dynamic mechanical thermal analysis

Silks are a family of semi-crystalline structural materials, spun naturally by insects, spiders and even crustaceans.

Graphical abstract: Glass transitions in native silk fibres studied by dynamic mechanical thermal analysis
From the themed collection: Open access articles from Soft Matter
Open Access Paper

Diffusive properties of solvent molecules in the neighborhood of a polymer chain as seen by Monte-Carlo simulations

The influence of both polymer chain length and concentration on the mobility of solvent molecules in polymer solutions was studied by Monte Carlo simulations with the use of the dynamic lattice liquid (DLL) model.

Graphical abstract: Diffusive properties of solvent molecules in the neighborhood of a polymer chain as seen by Monte-Carlo simulations
From the themed collection: Open access articles from Soft Matter
Open Access Paper

Population-balance description of shear-induced clustering, gelation and suspension viscosity in sheared DLVO colloids

Explosive growth of the viscosity in colloidal suspensions of electrostatically stabilized particles exposed to high shear forces.

Graphical abstract: Population-balance description of shear-induced clustering, gelation and suspension viscosity in sheared DLVO colloids
From the themed collection: 2016's most accessed Soft Matter articles
Open Access Paper

Polyelectrolyte/surfactant films spread from neutral aggregates

We describe a new methodology to prepare loaded polyelectrolyte/surfactant films at the air/water interface by exploiting Marangoni spreading resulting from the dynamic dissociation of hydrophobic neutral aggregates dispensed from an aqueous dispersion.

Graphical abstract: Polyelectrolyte/surfactant films spread from neutral aggregates
From the themed collection: 2016's most accessed Soft Matter articles
Open Access Paper

Kinetics of formation of bile salt micelles from coarse-grained Langevin dynamics simulations

Bile monomers can leave bile micelles rapidly, which may enable solubilization mechanisms not possible with head–tail surfactants.

Graphical abstract: Kinetics of formation of bile salt micelles from coarse-grained Langevin dynamics simulations
From the themed collection: Open access articles from Soft Matter
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Coupled instabilities of surface crease and bulk bending during fast free swelling of hydrogels

This work investigates the mechanical coupling of surface instability and bulk bending.

Graphical abstract: Coupled instabilities of surface crease and bulk bending during fast free swelling of hydrogels
From the themed collection: Open access articles from Soft Matter
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Double-network hydrogels improve pH-switchable adhesion

For environmentally-switchable adhesive systems to be reused repeatedly, the adhesive strength must not deteriorate after each adhesion cycle.

Graphical abstract: Double-network hydrogels improve pH-switchable adhesion
From the themed collection: Open access articles from Soft Matter
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This web collection features Soft Matter articles published in print in 2016 that received the most downloads in the same year. Congratulations to all the authors whose articles have made it onto the list! 

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