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Correction: Self-segregated nanostructure in room temperature ionic liquids
Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM90156A, Correction
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Diego Pontoni, Julia Haddad, Marco Di Michiel, Moshe Deutsch
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Stretchable 3D lattice conductors

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01435J, Paper
Tingyao Li, Yanhui Jiang, Kunhao Yu, Qiming Wang
3D-architected lattice conductors with high stretchability, low density, and high porosity enable large-deformation sensing and wastewater monitoring.
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Chemical mediated elasto-capillarity of elastic sheets

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01575E, Paper
Jianlin Liu, Yulong Gong, Gaofeng Cao
Capillary forces can cause outstanding deformation of slender structures, and this behavior holds great potential in a plethora of areas.
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Buckling-driven self-assembly of self-similar inspired micro/nanofibers for ultra-stretchable electronics

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01686G, Paper
Jing Bian, Yajiang Ding, Yongqing Duan, Xiaodong Wan, YongAn Huang
A printing-based buckling-driven self-assembly method for the fabrication of ultra-stretchable electronics with self-similar fiber-based structures is proposed.
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Stress relaxation in viscous soft spheres
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01700F, Paper
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Julia Boschan, Siddarth A. Vasudevan, Pouyan E Boukany, Ellak Somfai, Brian Tighe
We report the results of molecular dynamics simulations of stress relaxation tests in athermal viscous soft sphere packings close to their unjamming transition. By systematically and simultaneously varying both the...
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Supracolloidal chains of patchy micelles of diblock copolymers with in situ synthesized nanoparticles

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01497J, Paper
Sukwoo Jang, Kyungtae Kim, Jonghyuk Jeon, Donghwi Kang, Byeong-Hyeok Sohn
Supracolloidal chains were polymerized from patchy micelles with in situ synthesized gold and silver nanoparticles.
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Origin of spray formation during impact on heated surfaces

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00956A, Paper
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Michiel A. J. van Limbeek, Paul B. J. Hoefnagels, Chao Sun, Detlef Lohse
In many applications, it is crucial to control the heat transfer rate of impacting drops on a heated plate. Here we study how limited heat transfer, such as the plate thickness or low conductivity, affects the impact process.
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Evolution of mechanics in [small alpha]-helical peptide conjugated linear- and star-block PEG

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00968B, Paper
S. C. O'Neill, Z. H. Bhuiyan, R. S. Tu
We have designed a peptide conjugated poly-ethylene glycol (PEG) bioconjugate system that allows us to examine intra- and inter-molecular dynamics of gelation.
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Continuous electroosmotic sorting of particles in grooved microchannels

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00986K, Paper
Alexander L. Dubov, Taras Y. Molotilin, Olga I. Vinogradova
A novel fractionation concept is proposed for spherical particles in grooved microfluidic channels with an electroosmotic flow.
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Revisiting the generalized scaling law for adhesion: role of compliance and extension to progressive failure

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01098B, Paper
Ahmad R. Mojdehi, Douglas P. Holmes, David A. Dillard
The generalized scaling law for adhesion is revisited, based on the classical fracture mechanics approach, leading to a revised scaling law that accounts for the role of load train compliance and extends to progressive failure modes.
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High Strain Actuation Liquid Crystal Elastomers via Modulation of Mesophase Structure
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01380A, Paper
Mohand Saed, Ross R Volpe, Nicholas A Traugutt, Noel A Clark, Rayshan Visvanathan, Christopher M. Yakacki
Control of the mesophase in liquid crystalline elastomers (LCEs) is a critical aspect in harnessing their unique stimuli-responsive properties. Few studies have compared nematic and smectic main-chain LCEs in a...
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Spherical nematic shell with prolate ellipsoidal core
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01403A, Paper
Monirosadat Sadati, Ye Zhou, Drew Melchert, Ashley Guo, Jose Adrian Martinez-Gonzalez, Tyler F. Roberts, Rui Zhang, Juan J. de Pablo
Liquid crystal shells have attracted considerable attention in recent years. In such systems, the combination of confinement and curvature conspire to generate topological defect structures that do not exist in...
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The Preparation and Electrorheological Behavior of Bowl-like Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01157A, Paper
Kai He, Qingkun Wen, Chengwei Wang, Baoxiang Wang, Shoushan Yu, Chuncheng Hao, Kezheng Chen
Bowl-like titanium oxide nanoparticles were successfully prepared by a simple solvothermal method using absolute ethanol and isopropanol as the cosolvent. Ostwald ripening coupled with Inner-Stress-Induce effect were assumed to play...
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Planar and 3D fibrous polyaniline-based materials for memristive elements
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01773A, Paper
Yulia Malakhova, Alexei Korovin, Dmitry Lapkin, Sergey Malakhov, Valentina Shcherban, Eugene Pichkur, Sergey Yakunin, Viacheslav Demin, Sergei N Chvalun, Victor Erokhin
The memristive elements constructed using polymers - polyaniline (PANI) and polyethyleneoxide (PEO) - could be assembled on planar thin films or on 3D fibrous materials. The planar conductive PANI-based materials...
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On the apparent yield stress in non-Brownian magnetorheological fluids

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01204G, Paper
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Daniel Vagberg, Brian P. Tighe
The viscosity of magnetorheological (MR) fluids can be increased dramatically by applying a magnetic field. Some MR fluids display a clear yield stress, while others do not. Using computer simulations, we rationalize this non-universal behavior in terms of the viscous interactions between particles and the carrier fluid.
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Drop friction on liquid-infused materials

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01226H, Paper
Armelle Keiser, Ludovic Keiser, Christophe Clanet, David Quere
We discuss the special laws of friction observed as a drop glides on a liquid-infused material.
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Novel multi-analyte responsive ionic supramolecular gels based on pyridinium functionalized-naphthalimide

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01624G, Paper
Qi Lin, Peng-Peng Mao, Yan-Qing Fan, Pei-Pei Jia, Juan Liu, You-Ming Zhang, Hong Yao, Tai-Bao Wei
A series of novel ionic supramolecular gels are constructed using a simple gelator, which show selective responses for I-, Hg2+, L-Arg and L-Ser.
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Self-assembled clusters of patchy rod-like molecules

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01384A, Paper
Miroslav Jurasek, Robert Vacha
We determined the system composition and the most abundant cluster morphologies of self-assembled of patchy spherocylinders under different conditions (temperature, density, and patch parameters).
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A novel supramolecular organogel based on acylhydrazone functionalized pillar[5]arene acts as an I- responsive smart material

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01576C, Paper
Qi Lin, Xiao-Mei Jiang, Lu Liu, Jin-Fa Chen, You-Ming Zhang, Hong Yao, Tai-Bao Wei
A novel organogel (OPZ) based on pillar[5]arene and acylhydrazone act as I- responsive material.
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Liquid-crystal order during synthesis affects main-chain liquid-crystal elastomer behavior

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01405H, Paper
N. A. Traugutt, R. H. Volpe, M. S. Bollinger, M. O. Saed, A. H. Torbati, K. Yu, Natalia Dadivanyan, C. M. Yakacki
This study presents the first direct comparison of the influence of liquid-crystal order during synthesis on the thermo-mechanical behaviors of main-chain liquid-crystal elastomers (LCEs) in thiol-acrylate networks.
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Elasticity and Failure of Liquid Marbles: Influence of Particle Coating and Marble Volume
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01676J, Paper
Abigail Rendos, Nourin Alsharif, Brian L Kim, Keith A Brown
When coated with microscale hydrophobic particles, macroscopic liquid droplets can become non-wetting liquid marbles that exhibit an array of fascinating solid-like properties. Specifically, the force required to uniaxially compress liquid...
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Abiotic streamers in a microfluidic system
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01771E, Paper
Nandini Debnath, Mahtab Hassanpourfard, Ranajay Ghosh, Japan J Trivedi, Thomas Thundat, Mohtada Sadrzadeh, Aloke Kumar
In this work, we report the phenomenon of formation of particle aggregates in the form of thin slender strings when a polyacrylamide (PAM) solution, laden with polystyrene (PS) beads is...
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Rheological Characterization of Liquid-to-Solid Transitions in Bulk Polyelectrolyte Complexes
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01285C, Paper
Yalin Liu, Brian Momani, Horst Henning Winter, Sarah L Perry
Polyelectrolyte complexation has long been known to result in both liquid and solid complexes. However, the exact nature of the liquid-to-solid transition remains an open question. We have used rheology...
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Supramolecular chirality of amphiphilic block copolymer films made through two steps: self-assembling first, and then solution coating
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01635B, Paper
Yingjue Wang, Zhenzhen Zhang, Yanggang Gao, Gang Zou, Qijin Zhang
Supramolecular chirality is formed in amphiphilic block copolymer film through two-step fabrication: self-assembling first and then solution coating. The amphiphilic block copolymer is composed of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (pNIPAM) as hydrophilic...
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Wrinkled labyrinths in critical demixing ferrofluid
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01475A, Paper
Natalia Wilke, Jonas Bugase, Lisa-Marie Treffenstadt, Thomas M. Fischer
{A thin film of a critical ferrofluid mixture undergoes a sequence of transitions in a magnetic field. First the application of a field induces a critical demixing of the fluid...
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Interfacial and structural characteristics of polyelectrolyte multilayers used as cushions for supported lipid bilayers
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01645J, Paper
Magdalena Wlodek, Marta Kolasinska-Sojka, Monika Wasilewska, Oier Bikondoa, Wuge H. Briscoe, Piotr Warszynski
Surface properties of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) obtained via sequential adsorption of oppositely charged polyions from their solutions and used as cushion for supported lipid bilayers were investigated. Five types of...
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Quasielastic Neutron Scattering Study of Microscopic Dynamics in Polybutadiene Reinforced with an Unsaturated Carboxylate
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01262D, Paper
Ryo Mashita, Rintaro Inoue, Hiroyuki Kishimoto, Taiki Tominaga, Kaoru Shibata, Toshiji Kanaya
We studied the dynamics of zinc diacrylate (ZDA) reinforced polybutadiene rubber (BR) (ZDA/BR) using quasielastic neutron scattering technique to determine the effect of concentration of ZDA on polymer dynamics. First,...
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Polyphilic hydrogen bonded block molecules involving semiperfluorinated and silylated molecular fragments

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01390F, Paper
Laura Vogel, Dietmar Janietz, Marko Prehm, Carsten Tschierske
Nanoscale segregation and tailoring the space requirement of incompatible molecular blocks determine the columnar mesophase morphology of hydrogen-bonded tetraphilic heterodimers comprising distinct polar, lipophilic, fluorinated and silylated fragments.
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Interplay between bulk self-assembly, interfacial and foaming properties in a catanionic surfactant mixture of varying composition

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01601H, Paper
Jose Ferreira, Alesya Mikhailovskaya, Alexis Chenneviere, Frederic Restagno, Fabrice Cousin, Francois Muller, Jeril Degrouard, Anniina Salonen, Eduardo F. Marques
Bulk nanostructures and foaming vary markedly with surfactant mixing ratio. Aggregates are unchanged inside foam and control foam drainage through solution viscosity.
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Flow-induced polymer separation through a nanopore: effects of solvent quality

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00784A, Communication
Mingming Ding, Xiaozheng Duan, Tongfei Shi
Using a hybrid simulation method that combines a lattice-Boltzmann approach for the flow and a molecular dynamics model for the polymer, we investigated the effect of solvent quality on the flow-induced polymer translocation through a nanopore.
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Conformations and membrane-driven self-organization of rodlike fd virus particles on freestanding lipid membranes

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00829E, Paper
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Anastasiia B. Petrova, Christoph Herold, Eugene P. Petrov
Membrane-mediated interactions control the behavior of filamentous fd virus particles on freestanding lipid bilayers.
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Modeling of active swimmer suspensions and their interactions with the environment

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6033-6050
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00766C, Review Article
Nikhil Desai, Arezoo M. Ardekani
In this article, we review mathematical models used to study the behaviour of suspensions of micro-swimmers and the accompanying biophysical phenomena, with specific focus on stimulus response.
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Correction: The effect of wall depletion and hydrodynamic interactions on stress-gradient-induced polymer migration
Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6270-6270
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM90149F, Correction
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Hossein Rezvantalab, Guorui Zhu, Ronald G. Larson
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Nanoparticle encapsulation in vesicles formed by amphiphilic diblock copolymers

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01354J, Paper
Junying Yang, Yi Hu, Rong Wang, Daiqian Xie
We investigated the co-assembly of nanoparticles P and amphiphilic diblock copolymers AB in selective solvents using a dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) method.
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Fluctuation tension and shape transition of vesicles: renormalisation calculations and Monte Carlo simulations

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6100-6117
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01272A, Paper
Guillaume Gueguen, Nicolas Destainville, Manoel Manghi
A quasi-spherical vesicle changes its shape to an oblate one at vanishing fluctuation surface tension.
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Nonergodicity parameters of confined hard-sphere glasses

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6167-6177
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00905D, Paper
Suvendu Mandal, Simon Lang, Vitalie Botan, Thomas Franosch
Within a recently developed mode-coupling theory for fluids confined to a slit we elaborate numerical results for the long-time limits of suitably generalized intermediate scattering functions.
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Dual-responsive deformation of a crosslinked liquid crystal polymer film with complex molecular alignment

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6145-6151
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01291H, Paper
Quan Liu, Yuanyuan Zhan, Jia Wei, Wei Ji, Wei Hu, Yanlei Yu
A crosslinked liquid crystal polymer film with discrete alternating splayed alignments is fabricated and shows dual-responsive behavior.
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Effective potentials induced by self-assembly of patchy particles

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6051-6058
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01293D, Paper
Nicolas Ariel Garcia, Nicoletta Gnan, Emanuela Zaccarelli
Effective colloid-colloid interactions can be tailored through the addition of a complex cosolute.
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Towards a rational morphology control of frozen copolymer aggregates

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6090-6099
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01086A, Paper
Laurence Jennings, Gilles Waton, Francois Schosseler, Eduardo Mendes
Novel insights into the formation of frozen copolymer aggregates through emulsion evaporation explain how the evaporation rate tunes their morphology.
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Non-affine lattice dynamics of defective fcc crystals

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6079-6089
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00843K, Paper
Johannes Krausser, Rico Milkus, Alessio Zaccone
The mechanical, thermal and vibrational properties of defective crystals are important in many different contexts, from metallurgy and solid-state physics to, more recently, soft matter and colloidal physics.
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Heterogeneous interface adsorption of colloidal particles

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6234-6242
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00618G, Paper
Dong Woo Kang, Jin Hyun Lim, Bum Jun Park
Particle adsorption to an oil-water interface depends on the electrolyte concentration in the water phase.
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Poly(styrene-co-butadiene) random copolymer thin films and nanostructures on a mica surface: morphology and contact angles of nanodroplets

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6152-6166
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00994A, Paper
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Jake McClements, Cosimo Buffone, Michael P. Shaver, Khellil Sefiane, Vasileios Koutsos
The self-assembly of poly(styrene-co-butadiene) random copolymers on mica surfaces was studied by varying solution concentrations and polymer molecular weights.
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A smart organic gel template as metal cation and inorganic anion sensor

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6243-6249
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01199G, Paper
Novina Malviya, Mriganka Das, Poulami Mandal, Suman Mukhopadhyay
Carboxamide based gelator molecule used for the detection of iron by turning off the aggregate-induced emission and selective sensing anion by either switching off or switching on the emission property of the metallogel.
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Zero-charged catanionic lamellar liquid crystals doped with fullerene C60 for potential applications in tribology

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6250-6258
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00800G, Paper
Mengjun Chen, Baoyong Liu, Xiaolin Wang, Yanxu Fu, Jingcheng Hao, Hongguang Li
Well-ordered lamellar liquid crystals formed using a salt-free zero-charged catanionic surfactant mixture can be used for high loading of fullerene C60, and the hybrid material shows good performance in tribological measurements.
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Molecular dynamics-based strength estimates of beta solenoid proteins

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6218-6226
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01070B, Paper
Amanda Parker, Krishnakumar Ravikumar, Daniel Cox
The strength of beta-solenoid proteins makes them promising candidates for bottom-up engineering applications.
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Tuning mass transport in magnetic nanoparticle-filled viscoelastic hydrogels using low-frequency rotating magnetic fields

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6259-6269
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01228D, Paper
Shahab Boroun, Faical Larachi
Rotational movement of MNPs in ferrogels in an external rotating magnetic field for tuning mass transport.
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Motility of active nematic films driven by "active anchoring"

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6137-6144
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00325K, Paper
Matthew L. Blow, Marco Aqil, Benno Liebchen, Davide Marenduzzo
We provide a minimal model for an active nematic film in contact with both a solid substrate and a passive isotropic fluid, and explore its dynamics in one and two dimensions using a combination of hybrid Lattice Boltzmann simulations and analytical calculations.
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Stable & re-dispersible polyacryloyl hydrazide-Ag nanocomposite Pickering emulsions

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6118-6128
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01364G, Paper
Ramesh Narukulla, Umaprasana Ojha, Tushar Sharma
Freeze drying and re-dispersibility of oil-in-water (o/w) emulsions is important from the perspective of storage, transportation and usability.
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Interfacial rheological properties of self-assembling biopolymer microcapsules

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6208-6217
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01377A, Paper
Kaili Xie, Clement de Loubens, Frederic Dubreuil, Deniz Z. Gunes, Marc Jaeger, Marc Leonetti
Self-assembling biopolymer microcapsules present a wealth of mechanical properties that were characterized in extensional flow.
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A dissipative particle dynamics simulation study on phase diagrams for the self-assembly of amphiphilic hyperbranched multiarm copolymers in various solvents

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6178-6188
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01170A, Paper
Haina Tan, Chunyang Yu, Zhongyuan Lu, Yongfeng Zhou, Deyue Yan
This work discloses for the first time the self-assembly phase diagrams of amphiphilic hyperbranched multiarm copolymers in various solvents by dissipative particle dynamics simulations.
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Highly tough, anti-fatigue and rapidly self-recoverable hydrogels reinforced with core-shell inorganic-organic hybrid latex particles

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6059-6067
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01253E, Paper
Shan Xia, Shixin Song, Xiuyan Ren, Guanghui Gao
Highly tough, anti-fatigue and rapidly self-recoverable hydrogels reinforced with core-shell inorganic-organic hybrid latex particles.
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Mixed emulsion of liquid crystal microresonators: towards white laser systems

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6227-6233
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01068K, Paper
Gia Petriashvili, Maria Penelope De Santo, Raul Josue Hernandez, Riccardo Barberi, Gabriella Cipparrone
Mixed emulsions based on dye-doped chiral liquid crystal droplets are developed to create multicolor laser systems with full control of the lasing spectrum.
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Thermodynamic stability of worm-like micelle solutions

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6068-6078
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01132F, Paper
Karsten Vogtt, Gregory Beaucage, Michael Weaver, Hanqiu Jiang
A model is proposed and verified that explains the solution stability of worm-like micelles used in chemotherapy and viscosity enhancement.
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Can exotic disordered "stealthy" particle configurations tolerate arbitrarily large holes?

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6197-6207
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01028A, Paper
G. Zhang, F. H. Stillinger, S. Torquato
We show that exotic disordered "stealthy" many-particle configurations across space dimensions cannot tolerate arbitrarily large holes.
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Stretching of surface-tethered polymers in pressure-driven flow under confinement

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6189-6196
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00306D, Paper
Tamal Roy, Kai Szuttor, Jens Smiatek, Christian Holm, Steffen Hardt
Stretching of a surface tethered polymer chain in pressure-driven flow under confinement is governed mainly by the wall shear stress and the chain contour length.
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Fabrication of chiroptically switchable films via co-gelation of a small chiral gelator with an achiral azobenzene-containing polymer

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6129-6136
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00935F, Paper
Dong Yang, Li Zhang, Lu Yin, Yin Zhao, Wei Zhang, Minghua Liu
Helical polymers are widely found in nature and synthetic functional materials.
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Low Gas Permeability of Particulate Films slows down the aging of gas marbles
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01444A, Paper
Yousra Timounay, Even Ou, Elise Lorenceau, Florence Rouyer
Including solid particles in liquid films drastically change their properties: "gas marbles" can resist overpressure and underpressure without deforming contrary to their pure liquid counterparts, also known as soap bubbles....
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Yield Prediction in Parallel Homogeneous Assembly
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01189J, Paper
Dhananjay Ipparthi, Andrew Winslow, Metin Sitti, Marco Dorigo, Massimo Mastrangeli
We investigate the parallel assembly of two-dimensional, geometrically-closed modular target structures out of homogeneous sets of macroscopic components of varying anisotropy. The yield predicted by a chemical reaction network (CRN)-based...
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Surface immobilized azomethine for multiple component exchange

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01456B, Paper
Michael Lerond, Daniel Belanger, W. G. Skene
Diazonium chemistry concomitant with in situ electrochemical reduction was used to graft an aryl aldehyde to indium-tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates for subsequent azomethine formation, hydrolysis, and component exchange with different arylamines.
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Molecular dynamics simulations of oligoester brushes: the origin of unusual conformations

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01419H, Paper
A. D. Glova, S. V. Larin, S. G. Falkovich, V. M. Nazarychev, D. A. Tolmachev, N. V. Lukasheva, S. V. Lyulin
In brushes of grafted ester chains, the dipole-dipole interactions lead to the segregation of grafts into two populations.
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Two regions of microphase separation in ion-containing polymer solutions

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01340J, Paper
Artem M. Rumyantsev, Elena Yu. Kramarenko
A new type of microphase separation driven by ion association is theoretically predicted in concentrated polyelectrolyte solutions.
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Electrostatic interactions between particles through heterogeneous fluid phases

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01309D, Paper
Dong Woo Kang, Mina Lee, Kyung Hak Kim, Ming Xia, Sang Hyuk Im, Bum Jun Park
Gravitational confinement of polymer particles due to electrostatic repulsions between the particles through heterogeneous fluid media.
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Heat-Controlled Micropillar Array Device for Microsystems Technology
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01480E, Paper
Antoni Sanchez-Ferrer, Nuria Torras, Marcos Duque, Carlos J. Camargo, Jaume Esteve
A new temperature-controlled smart soft material micropillar array has been fabricated via in situ integration of the liquid-crystalline elastomer-based component into the hybrid microdevice. Such design allows for developing pushing...
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Scale dependence of mechanics of active gels with increasing motor concentration
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01391D, Paper
Adar Sonn-Segev, Anne Bernheim, Yael Roichman
Actin is a protein that plays an essential role in maintaining the cell's mechanical integrity. In response to strong external stresses, it can assemble into large bundles, but grows into...
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Recent Advances in the Synthesis of Functional Materials by Engineered and Recombinant Living Cells
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01000A, Highlight
Malte Winnacker
At the interface of materials science and synthetic biology, several concepts were recently developed for the production of functional materials by living cells. Selected recent strategies for this are highlighted...
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Stratification in binary colloidal polymer films: experiment and simulations

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01267E, Paper
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D. K. Makepeace, A. Fortini, A. Markov, P. Locatelli, C. Lindsay, S. Moorhouse, R. Lind, R. P. Sear, J. L. Keddie
Self-stratification is found when drying concentrated binary suspensions of particles only when the concentration of small particles and the size ratio are high enough.
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Multi-atom pattern analysis for binary superlattices
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01642E, Paper
Wesley F Reinhart, Athanassios Panagiotopoulos
We present a method for the template-free characterization of binary superlattices. This is an extension of the Neighborhood Graph Analysis method, a technique which evaluates relationships between observed structures based...
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Compression Simulations of Plant Tissue in 3D using Mass-Spring System approach and Discrete Element Method
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01137G, Paper
Piotr Mariusz Pieczywek, Artur Zdunek
A hybrid model based on Mass-Spring System methodology coupled with the Discrete Element Method was implemented to simulate the deformation of cellular structures in 3D. The model of individual cells...
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Molecular weight prediction in polystyrene blends. Unprecedented use of a genetic algorithm in pulse field gradient spin echo (PGSE) NMR

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01569K, Paper
Francisco M. Arrabal-Campos, Jose D. Alvarez, Amador Garcia-Sancho, Ignacio Fernandez
A genetic algorithm that uses boxcar functions (diffGA) has been applied for the first time in PGSE NMR.
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Observation of chemically protected polydimethylsiloxane: towards crack-free PDMS

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01457K, Communication
N. Y. Adly, H. Hassani, A. Q. Tran, M. Balski, A. Yakushenko, A. Offenhausser, D. Mayer, B. Wolfrum
We demonstrate a method for crack-free PDMS based on chemical protection using MPTMS.
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Feasibility of Using Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials as Filler for Improving Low Temperature Performance of Rubber Sealing Materials
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01623A, Paper
Avinash Tiwari, Sergey N Shubin, Ben Alcock, Alexander B Freidin, Brede Thorkildsen, Andreas T Echtermeyer
The feasibility of a novel composite rubber sealing material to improve sealing under transient cooling (in a so-called blowdown scenario) is investigated here. A composite of hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber...
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Effects of pH on structure and mechanical properties of dried pH-responsive latex particles
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01625E, Paper
Takafumi Sekido, Michael Kappl, Hans-Jurgen Butt, Shinichi Yusa, Yoshinobu Nakamura, Syuji Fujii
Micrometer-sized, monodisperse polystyrene (PS) particles carrying pH-responsive poly[2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] (PDEA) colloidal stabilizer were synthesized by free radical dispersion polymerization. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electrophoretic measurements verified that PDEA covered the...
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Friction controls even submerged granular flows
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00806F, Paper
Juha Koivisto, Marko Korhonen, Mikko J. Alava, Carlos P. Ortiz, Douglas Durian, Antti Puisto
We investigate the coupling between interstitial medium and granular particles by studying the hopper flow of dry and submerged system experimentally and numerically. In accordance with earlier studies, we find,...
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Pickering emulsions stabilized by metal-organic framework (MOF) and graphene oxide (GO) for producing MOF/GO composites
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01567D, Paper
Fanyu Zhang, Lifei Liu, Xiuniang Tan, Xinxin Sang, Jianling Zhang, Chengcheng Liu, Bingxing Zhang, Buxing Han, Guanying Yang
Herein we demonstrate the formation of a novel kind of Pickering emulsion that is stabilized by Zr-based metal-organic framework (Zr-MOF) and graphene oxide (GO). It was found that the Zr-BDC-NO2...
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Anisotropic Thermophoresis
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01436H, Paper
Zihan Tan, Mingcheng Yang, Marisol Ripoll
Colloidal migration in temperature gradient is referred to as thermophoresis. In contrast to particles with spherical shape, we show that elongated colloids may have a thermophoretic response that varies with...
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Multiple particle tracking study of thermally-gelling nanoemulsions

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01191A, Paper
Li-Chiun Cheng, Lilian C. Hsiao, Patrick S. Doyle
We demonstrate that, by tailoring the MPT probe surface chemistry, we can control the residence of probes in each domain in thermally-gelling nanoemulsions, thus allowing us to independently probe each phase at rising temperatures.
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Kirigami Actuators
Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01693J, Communication
Marcelo A. Dias, Michael P. McCarron, Paul Hanakata, Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope, David Campbell, Harold Park, Douglas P. Holmes
Thin elastic sheets bend easily and, if they are patterned with cuts, can deform in sophisticated ways. Here we show that carefully tuning the location and arrangement of cuts within...
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Highly stretchable hydrogels from complex coacervation of natural polyelectrolytes

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01215B, Paper
Gautier Lalevee, Laurent David, Alexandra Montembault, Kevin Blanchard, John Meadows, Sebastien Malaise, Agnes Crepet, Isabelle Grillo, Isabelle Morfin, Thierry Delair, Guillaume Sudre
Polyelectrolyte complexation between chitosan and hyaluronic acid at pH between 2 and 3 leads to highly stretchable hydrogels.
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Coarse-grained molecular dynamics studies of the structure and stability of peptide-based drug amphiphile filaments

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00943G, Paper
Myungshim Kang, Honggang Cui, Sharon M. Loverde
Peptide-based supramolecular filaments, in particular filaments self-assembled by drug amphiphiles (DAs), possess great potential in the field of drug delivery.
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Structural behavior of competitive temperature and pH-responsive tethered polymer layers

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01538K, Paper
Simona Morochnik, Rikkert J. Nap, Guillermo A. Ameer, Igal Szleifer
Herein, we develop a molecular theory to examine a class of pH and temperature-responsive tethered polymer layers.
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Optical tracking of relaxation dynamics in semi-dilute hydroxypropylcellulose solutions as a precise phase transition probe

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01501A, Paper
Hernan Garate, King-Wo Li, Denis Bouyer, Patrick Guenoun
Phase separation of thermo-responsive polymers in solution is a complex process, whose understanding is improved by following the dynamical modes as the transition is approached.
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Application of the Eckart frame to soft matter: rotation of star polymers under shear flow

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00616K, Paper
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Jurij Sablic, Rafael Delgado-Buscalioni, Matej Praprotnik
We present the first ever application of the Eckart co-rotating frame to a soft matter system where molecular vibrations and rotation are coupled.
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Primitive chain network simulations of probe rheology

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01229B, Paper
Yuichi Masubuchi, Yoshifumi Amamoto, Ankita Pandey, Cheng-Yang Liu
The dynamics of probe chains immersed in immobile matrices was examined via the multi-chain slip-link simulation. The viscoelastic relaxation time was fairly reproduced, whereas the relaxation intensity was underestimated, possibly due to flaws in the orientational cross-correlations between the probe and the matrices.
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Core-shell colloidal particles with dynamically tunable scattering properties

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01740E, Communication
Guangnan Meng, Vinothan N. Manoharan, Adeline Perro
Polystyrene-hydrogel core-shell particles exhibiting a transition from Rayleigh to Mie scattering are created. Optical measurements show that the transition is controlled by varying temperature or ionic strength. Such core-shell particles may find use as optical switches or optical filters with tunable opacity.
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Unidirectional rotation of cholesteric droplets driven by UV-light irradiation

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00982H, Paper
Shinji Bono, Sayumi Sato, Yuka Tabe
We investigated the novel photo-induced dynamics of azobenzene-doped cholesteric (Ch) droplets coexisting with the isotropic (Iso) phase.
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Thermo-, photo-, and mechano-responsive liquid crystal networks enable tunable photonic crystals

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01287J, Paper
N. Akamatsu, K. Hisano, R. Tatsumi, M. Aizawa, C. J. Barrett, A. Shishido
Tunable photonic crystals exhibiting optical properties that respond reversibly to external stimuli have been developed using liquid crystal networks (LCNs) and liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs).
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Two-field surface pattern control via marginally stable magnetorheological elastomers

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Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00996H, Paper
Erato Psarra, Laurence Bodelot, Kostas Danas
The stability and post-bifurcation of a non-linear magnetoelastic film/substrate block is experimentally exploited to obtain active control of surface roughness.
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Topological vacancies in spherical crystals

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5905-5910
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01599B, Paper
Zhenwei Yao
Understanding geometric frustration of ordered phases in two-dimensional condensed matter on curved surfaces is closely related to a host of scientific problems in condensed matter physics and materials science.
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Tuning interfacial patterns of molecular bonds via surface morphology

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5970-5976
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01278K, Paper
Sai Yu, Hailong Wang, Yong Ni, Linghui He, Mingyuan Huang, Yuan Lin, Jin Qian, Hongyuan Jiang
Effectively programmable patterning of bond clusters can be achieved through designed surface morphology.
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A class of diatomic 2-D soft granular crystals undergoing pattern transformations

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5824-5831
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01430A, Communication
Bodhi Rudra, Yunyao Jiang, Yaning Li, Jongmin Shim
We propose pattern-transformable 2-D soft granular crystals by adopting compact packing configurations.
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Interpenetrating polymer networks of liquid-crystalline azobenzene polymers and poly(dimethylsiloxane) as photomobile materials

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5820-5823
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01412K, Communication
T. Ube, K. Minagawa, T. Ikeda
Interpenetrating polymer networks composed of liquid-crystalline azobenzene polymers and poly(dimethylsiloxane) were prepared to enhance the performance of photomobile materials.
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Blue-shifting tuning of the selective reflection of polymer stabilized cholesteric liquid crystals

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5842-5848
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01190C, Paper
Kyung Min Lee, Vincent P. Tondiglia, Nicholas P. Godman, Claire M. Middleton, Timothy J. White
We report on electrically-induced, large magnitude (>300 nm), and reversible tuning of the selective reflection in polymer stabilized cholesteric liquid crystals (PSCLCs) prepared from negative dielectric anisotropy nematic liquid crystal hosts.
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Effects of stretching on the frictional stress of rubber

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5849-5857
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01092C, Paper
A. Chateauminois, D. T. Nguyen, C. Fretigny
In this paper, we show that the local friction of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) rubber with smooth rigid probes is proportional to the in-plane local surface stretching.
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Colloidal suspensions in one-phase mixed solvents under shear flow

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5911-5921
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00861A, Paper
Armand Barbot, Takeaki Araki
Rheologies properties of colloidal suspension in one-phase binary liquid mixtures are numerically studied. When approaching the phase separation point, the particles are aggregated and the viscosity is increased.
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Influence of surface tension in the surfactant-driven fracture of closely-packed particulate monolayers

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5832-5841
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01245D, Paper
Christian Peco, Wei Chen, Yingjie Liu, M. M. Bandi, John E. Dolbow, Eliot Fried
A phase-field model is used to capture the surfactant-driven formation of fracture patterns in particulate monolayers.
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Stress-gradient-induced polymer migration in Taylor-Couette flow

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5942-5949
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00821J, Paper
Elnaz Hajizadeh, Ronald G. Larson
This work applies our recent theory for stress-gradient-induced migration to Taylor-Couette flow, and has for the first time confirmed the theory using Brownian dynamics simulations.
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Anchoring-driven spontaneous rotations in active gel droplets

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5933-5941
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01019B, Paper
A. R. Fialho, M. L. Blow, D. Marenduzzo
We characterise by computer simulations a new phenomenon involving spontaneous rotations in droplets of contractile and extensile active gels.
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Synthesis and organogelating behaviour of amino acid-functionalised triphenylenes

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5922-5932
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00676D, Paper
Jonathan E. Meegan, Xiaofei Yang, Ratana Rungsirisakun, Sebastian C. Cosgrove, Richard J. Bushby, Amin Sadeghpour, Michael Rappolt, Rik Brydson, Richard J. Ansell
Novel triphenylene derivatives form fibrous gels: SAXS on a wet gel shows these comprise 1-D stacks in a Colo arrangement.
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Dynamical theory of the inverted cheerios effect

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,6000-6010
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00690J, Paper
Anupam Pandey, Stefan Karpitschka, Luuk A. Lubbers, Joost H. Weijs, Lorenzo Botto, Siddhartha Das, Bruno Andreotti, Jacco H. Snoeijer
Dynamical theory of the inverted cheerios effect explains the interaction and motion of liquid drops on a soft gel.
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Controllable multicompartment morphologies from cooperative self-assembly of copolymer-copolymer blends

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Soft Matter, 2017, 13,5877-5887
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01194F, Paper
Zhikun Wang, Shuangqing Sun, Chunling Li, Songqing Hu, Roland Faller
Multicompartment nanostructures, such as microcapsules with clearly separated shell and core, are not easily accessible by conventional block copolymer self-assembly.
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