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Solvent Triggered Irreversible Shape Morphism of Biopolymer Films
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00042E, Paper
Amrita Rath, P M Geethu, Santhosh Mathesan, Dillip Kumar Satapathy, Pijush Ghosh
We report controlled reversible and irreversible folding behavior of biopolymer film simply by tuning the solvent characteristics. Generally, solvent triggered folding of soft membranes or film is succeeded by unfolding....
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Correction: Films of bacteria at interfaces: three stages of behaviour
Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM90009D, Correction
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Liana Vaccari, Daniel B. Allan, Nima Sharifi-Mood, Aayush R. Singh, Robert L. Leheny, Kathleen J. Stebe
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Effect of counterion excluded volume on conformational behavior of polyelectrolyte chains
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02335A, Paper
Yulia Gordievskaya, Alexey Andreevich Gavrilov, Elena Kramarenko
Conformational behavior of a single strongly charged polyelectrolyte chain in a dilute solution is studied by molecular dynamics simulations. The novel feature of the model is variation of the excluded...
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Lysine-derived, pH-sensitive and biodegradable poly(beta-aminoester urethane) networks and their local drug delivery behaviour

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01886J, Paper
Yasemin Tamer, Biqiong Chen
Noval pH-sensitive and lysine-derived local drug delivery devices followed the non-Fickian type diffusion mechanism through erosion of the network.
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Aggregate evolution in aqueous solutions of a Gemini surfactant derived from dehydroabietic acid

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02173A, Paper
Lin Feng, Danhua Xie, Binglei Song, Jiayu Zhang, Xiaomei Pei, Zhenggang Cui
A Gemini surfactant containing rigid hydrophobic groups forms wormlike micelles, single and double-walled vesicles and tubular vesicles without any additives.
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Self-assembly of bis-salphen compounds: from semiflexible chains to webs of nanorings

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02371E, Paper
Sergey V. Pyrlin, Nicholas D. M. Hine, Arjan W. Kleij, Marta M. D. Ramos
A mechanism is proposed explaining self-assembly of webs of interconnected microrings of bis-salphen compounds based on molecular level simulations of their structure and aggregation in solvent.
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Dynamics of networks in a viscoelastic and active environment

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02050C, Paper
Jonas Grimm, Maxim Dolgushev
We investigate the dynamics of fractals and other networks in a viscoelastic and active environment.
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Complex patchy colloids shaped from deformable seed particles through capillary interactions

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02020A, Paper
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V. Meester, D. J. Kraft
We investigate the mechanisms underlying the reconfiguration of random aggregates of spheres through capillary interactions, the so-called "colloidal recycling" method, for fabricating a wide variety of patchy particles. We explore the influence of capillary forces on clusters of deformable seed particles by systematically varying the crosslink density of the spherical seeds.
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Continuous splitting of aqueous droplets at the interface of co-flowing immiscible oil streams in a microchannel

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02068F, Paper
K. S. Jayaprakash, A. K. Sen
We report the continuous splitting of aqueous droplets at the interface between two co-flowing immiscible oil streams in a microchannel.
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Effects of chemically heterogeneous nanoparticles on polymer dynamics: insights from molecular dynamics simulations

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02414B, Paper
Zijian Zheng, Fanzhu Li, Jun Liu, Raffaele Pastore, Guido Raos, Youping Wu, Liqun Zhang
The dynamics of polymer melts embedding heterogeneous nanoparticles is investigated on varying the temperature and the nanoparticle composition.
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Impact of droplets on immiscible liquid films

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02089A, Paper
Zhizhao Che, Omar K. Matar
The immiscibility between the droplet and the liquid film has a profound effect on impact dynamics.
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Self-diffusiophoresis induced by fluid interfaces
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02347B, Paper
Paolo Malgaretti, Mihail N. Popescu, Siegfried Dietrich
The influence of a fluid-fluid interface on self-phoresis of chemically active, axially symmetric, spherical colloids is analyzed. Distinct from the studies of self-phoresis for colloids trapped at fluid interfaces or...
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Simultaneous Uniaxial Extensional Deformation and Cylindrical Confinement of Block Copolymers using Non-equilibrium Molecular Dynamics
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01889D, Paper
George Leonard Shebert, Yong Lak Joo
Using coarse-grained nonequilibrium molecular dynamics, symmetric block copolymers are simulated under the combined effects of cylindrical confinement and uniaxial extensional deformation. For a given confinement diameter, a block copolymer (BCP)...
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Small degree of anisotropic wetting on self-similar hierarchical wrinkled surfaces

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02208E, Paper
Gaojian Lin, Qiuting Zhang, Cunjing Lv, Yichao Tang, Jie Yin
We studied the wetting behavior of multiscale self-similar hierarchical wrinkled surfaces.
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Chain conformation of poly(acrylic acid)-graft-poly(ethylene oxide)-graft-dodecyl in solution: an anomalous counter-ions condensation

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01931A, Paper
Xinlu Zhou, Kongshuang Zhao
A dielectric spectroscopy study on a polyelectrolyte in aqueous solutions, which contains hydrophobic groups in part of the side chains poly(acrylic acid)-graft-poly(ethylene oxide)-graft-dodecyl (PAA-g-PEO-g-dodecyl) is reported.
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Contact mechanics for polydimethylsiloxane: from liquid to solid

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02216F, Paper
L. Dorogin, B. N. J. Persson
Adhesion between a glass ball and a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) sample is dependent on the PDMS cross-link density, and the transformation of the material from the uncrosslinked liquid state to the fully crosslinked solid state is investigated in this study.
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From discrete to continuous description of spherical surface charge distributions

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02207G, Paper
Anze Losdorfer Bozic
Multipole expansion of spherical surface charge distributions which takes into account the finite spatial extent of charges relative to particle size.
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Catastrophic Depolymerization of Microtubules Driven by Subunit Shape Change
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02033C, Communication
Jonathan Allen Bollinger, Mark Stevens
Microtubules exhibit a dynamic instability between growth and catastrophic depolymerization. GTP-tubulin ([small alpha][small beta]-dimer bound to GTP) self-assembles, but dephosphorylation of GTP- to GDP-tubulin within the tubule results in destabilization. While the...
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Sample preparation affects nematic-isotropic transition in liquid crystal elastomers: Insight from molecular simulation
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01535F, Paper
Gregor Skacej
The features of the nematic-isotropic transition in liquid crystal elastomers are important for potential applications of these materials as sensors and actuators. In this paper we use molecular simulations to...
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Active textiles with Janus fibres

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02086D, Communication
A. P. Zakharov, L. M. Pismen
We describe reshaping of active textiles actuated by bending of Janus fibres comprising both active and passive components.
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Structure-induced switching of interpolymer adhesion at a solid-polymer melt interface

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02279D, Paper
Naisheng Jiang, Mani Sen, Wenduo Zeng, Zhizhao Chen, Justin M. Cheung, Yuma Morimitsu, Maya K. Endoh, Tadanori Koga, Masafumi Fukuto, Guangcui Yuan, Sushil K. Satija, Jan-Michael Y. Carrillo, Bobby G. Sumpter
We demonstrate the mechanism of "molecular welding" at the polymer-solid interface.
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Capture of colloidal particles by a moving microfluidic bubble

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02352A, Paper
Irma Liascukiene, Gabriel Amselem, Deniz Z. Gunes, Charles N. Baroud
We study particle capture at a microfluidic air-liquid interface and highlight the effects of confinement on colloidal adsorption.
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Complex coacervation

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,329-330
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM90206A, Editorial
Paul Dubin, Russell J. Stewart
Guest editors Paul Dubin and Russell J. Stewart introduce this Soft Matter themed collection on complex coacervation.
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Self-assembly of cationic gemini surfactants, alkanediyl-bis-(dimethyldodecyl-ammonium bromide), in cyclohexane: effects of spacer length on their association into reverse lyotropic liquid crystalline or reverse vesicles

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02333B, Paper
Shenglu Deng, Jianxi Zhao
An increase in the spacer length of the gemini surfactant 12-s-12 strongly influenced the aggregation of the surfactant in cyclohexane.
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Nanoparticle separation based on size-dependent aggregation of nanoparticles due to the critical Casimir effect

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01971H, Paper
Hongyu Guo, Gheorghe Stan, Yun Liu
An efficient and general size-dependent nanoparticle separation/purification method is demonstrated based on the critical Casimir force-induced particle aggregation.
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Stretch tuning of the Debye ring for 2D photonic crystals on a dielectric elastomer membrane

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02322G, Paper
Tenghao Yin, Danming Zhong, Junjie Liu, Xiangjiang Liu, Honghui Yu, Shaoxing Qu
A dielectric elastomer with large deformation is used to tune the diffracted patterns of 2D photonic crystals for the first time.
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Correction: Effect of short-chain branching on interfacial polymer structure and dynamics under shear flow
Soft Matter, 2018, 14,470-470
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM90205K, Correction
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Sohdam Jeong, Jun Mo Kim, Soowon Cho, Chunggi Baig
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Macromolecular 'size' and 'hardness' drives structure in solvent-swollen blends of linear, cyclic, and star polymers

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,411-423
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02199B, Paper
Thomas E. Gartner, Arthi Jayaraman
We describe a computational framework to determine the structure and thermodynamics of solvent-swollen polymer blends of varying architecture; we find that the size and shape of the macromolecules dictate the blend morphology.
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Impact of macromolecular crowding on RNA/spermine complex coacervation and oligonucleotide compartmentalization

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,368-378
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02146A, Paper
A. M. Marianelli, B. M. Miller, C. D. Keating
The impact of macromolecular crowding on both the phase behavior and functional properties of complex coacervate droplets is explored.
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Liquid crystal elastomer foams with elastic properties specifically engineered as biodegradable brain tissue scaffolds

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,354-360
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01949A, Paper
M. E. Prevot, H. Andro, S. L. M. Alexander, S. Ustunel, C. Zhu, Z. Nikolov, S. T. Rafferty, M. T. Brannum, B. Kinsel, L. T. J. Korley, E. J. Freeman, J. A. McDonough, R. J. Clements, E. Hegmann
3D liquid crystal elastomer foams (LCEs) scaffold materials as dynamic substrates for cell culture, going beyond designing only a physical static 3D scaffold.
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Realization of a stable, monodisperse water-in-oil droplet system with micro-scale and nano-scale confinement for tandem microscopy and diffusion NMR studies

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,448-459
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01508A, Paper
Swomitra Palit, Somayeh Khajehpour Tadavani, Anand Yethiraj
We study the dynamics of macromolecules in the presence of hierarchical confinement: in a nanometer-scale porous gel matrix and within stable and monodisperse micrometer-scale water-in-oil drops.
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Observations of a streak texture in the hybrid-aligned smectic-C phase

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,460-469
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02129A, Paper
I. R. Nemitz, I. Gryn, N. Boudet, R. P. Lemieux, M. Goldmann, B. Zappone, R. G. Petschek, C. Rosenblatt, E. Lacaze
A novel structure was observed below the smectic-A-smectic-C phase transition in a very thin open cell having an air interface above and enforced planar anchoring at the substrate below.
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A pH and salt dually responsive emulsion in the presence of amphiphilic macromolecules

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,405-410
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01760J, Paper
Guangxin Hu, Hui Yang, Qingfeng Hou, Donghong Guo, Gang Chen, Fanghui Liu, Ting Chen, Xuefeng Shi, Yu Su, Jinben Wang
A pH and salt dually responsive emulsion has been designed on the basis of a novel amphiphilic macromolecule.
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Thermo-responsive gels based on supramolecular assembly of an amidoamine and citric acid

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,432-439
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01592E, Paper
Li Hao, Cengiz Yegin, Jyothsna Varsha Talari, Jun Kyun Oh, Ming Zhang, Mufrettin Murat Sari, Luhong Zhang, Younjin Min, Mustafa Akbulut, Bin Jiang,
In this work, we report the formation of a novel, aqueous-based thermo-responsive, supramolecular gelling system prepared by a convenient and efficient self-assembly of a long-chain amino-amide and citric acid.
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Reversible generation of coacervate droplets in an enzymatic network

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,361-367
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01897E, Paper
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Karina K. Nakashima, Jochem F. Baaij, Evan Spruijt
Here we develop ATP-based coacervate droplets as artificial membraneless organelles that can be fully controlled by two cooperating enzymes.
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Coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation of activated penetrant transport in glassy polymers

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,440-447
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01941F, Paper
Kai Zhang, Dong Meng, Florian Muller-Plathe, Sanat K. Kumar
Membrane separations of gas mixtures strive to maximize the permeability of a desired species while keeping out undesired ones.
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Frustrated packing in a granular system under geometrical confinement

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,396-404
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01900A, Paper
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Sara Levay, David Fischer, Ralf Stannarius, Balazs Szabo, Tamas Borzsonyi, Janos Torok
In this paper we show experimentally and numerically that in 2 + ε dimensions, realized by a container which is in one dimension slightly wider than the spheres, the particles organize themselves in a triangular lattice, while touching either the front or rear side of the container.
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Cholesteric ordering predicted using a coarse-grained polymeric model with helical interactions

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,344-353
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02077E, Paper
Liang Wu, Huai Sun
This work is devoted to the understanding of cholesteric ordering and macroscopic behaviour at the molecular level by introducing a coarse-grained molecular model.
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Geometric frustration and compatibility conditions for two-dimensional director fields

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,424-431
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01672G, Paper
Idan Niv, Efi Efrati
Packing curved objects in the plane cannot be performed uniformly and inevitably leads to frustration. In this work we establish what types of orientational order are possible in a general two-dimensional setting.
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Complex coacervation of Mg(II) phospho-polymethacrylate, a synthetic analog of sandcastle worm adhesive phosphoproteins

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,379-386
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01654A, Paper
In Taek Song, Russell J. Stewart
A phospho-methacrylate analog of sandcastle worm adhesive phosphoproteins forms temperature and pH dependent complex coacervates with Mg(II) ions through outer shell H-bonds and inner shell coordinate bonds in natural environmental conditions of the sandcastle worm.
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A biocompatible betaine-functionalized polycation for coacervation

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,387-395
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01763D, Paper
Mintai P. Hwang, Xiaochu Ding, Jin Gao, Abhinav P. Acharya, Steven R. Little, Yadong Wang
Betaine, a naturally occurring amino acid, is conjugated onto a polyester backbone, in which the quaternary ammonium group imparts additional functionality to the resulting polycation (B-PED). B-PED demonstrates excellent in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility and is also assessed for its effect on angiogenesis, anti-bacterial activity, and complex coacervation.
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Charge regulation of nonpolar colloids

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,331-343
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01825H, Paper
James E. Hallett, David A. J. Gillespie, Robert M. Richardson, Paul Bartlett
Individual colloids often carry a charge as a result of the dissociation (or adsorption) of weakly-ionized surface groups.
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Conductive hydrogel based on alginate and carbon nanotubes for probing microbial electroactivity
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01929G, Paper
Leopold Mottet, Domitille Le Cornec, Jean-Marc Noel, Frederic Kanoufi, Brigitte Delord, Philippe Poulin, Jerome Bibette, Nicolas Bremond
Some bacteria can act as catalysts to oxidize (or reduce) organic or inorganic matter with the potential generation of electrical current. Despite their high value for sustainable energy, organic compound...
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Application of a coupled Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) and Coarse-Grained (CG) Numerical Modelling Approach to Study Three-Dimensional(3-D) Deformations of Single Cells of different Food-Plant Materials during Drying
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01465A, Paper
Charith Malinga Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage, Helambage Chaminda Prasad Karunasena, Wijitha Senadeera, Yuantong Gu
Numerical modelling has gained popularity in many science and engineering streams due to the economic feasibility and advanced analytical features compared to conventional experimental and theoretical models. Food drying is...
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Virus-Like Particles as crosslinkers in fibrous biomimetic hydrogels: Approaches towards capsid rupture and gel repair
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02320K, Paper
Daniel Christian Schoenmakers, Lise Schoonen, Martin Rutten, Roeland J.M. Nolte, Alan E. Rowan, Jan C M van Hest, Paul H. J. Kouwer
Biological hydrogels can become many times stiffer under deformation. This unique ability has only recently been realised in fully synthetic gels. Typically, these networks are composed of semi-flexible polymers and...
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Droplet microfluidic SANS
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02433A, Paper
Marco Adamo, Andreas S. Poulos, Carlos Gonzalez Lopez, Anne Martel, Lionel Porcar, Joao T. Cabral
The coupling of droplet microfluidics and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) is demonstrated with a range of model systems: isotopic solvent (H2O/D2O) mixtures, surfactant (sodium dodecyl sulfate, SDS) solutions and...
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Effect of shape on fracture of soft elastic gel subjected to shear load
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02392H, Paper
Krishna Kant Kundan, Animangsu Ghatak
For brittle solids, fracture energy is that required for creating unit area of new surface by process of division. For crosslinked materials, it is a function of intrinsic properties like...
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Continuous-flow trapping and localized enrichment of micro- and nano-particles using induced-charge electrokinetics

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01744H, Paper
Cunlu Zhao, Chun Yang
In this work, we report an effective microfluidic technique for continuous-flow trapping and localized enrichment of micro- and nano-particles by using induced-charge electrokinetic (ICEK) phenomena.
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking of charge-regulated surfaces

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02270K, Paper
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Arghya Majee, Markus Bier, Rudolf Podgornik
The interaction between two chemically identical charge-regulated surfaces is studied using the classical density functional theory.
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Elongated phase separation domains in spin-cast polymer blend thin films characterized using a panoramic image

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02144E, Paper
Hong Zhang, Yosuke Okamura
We demonstrate a coupling between the elongated phase separation domains and the striation defect in spin-cast polymer blend thin films.
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Control of collagen gel mechanical properties through manipulation of gelation conditions near the sol-gel transition

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01933E, Paper
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A. J. Holder, N. Badiei, K. Hawkins, C. Wright, P. R. Williams, D. J. Curtis
It is shown herein that it is possible to control the mechanical and microstructural properties of collagen gels by manipulating temperature in the vicinity of the sol-gel transition; the Fractional Maxwell Model is also shown to accurately describe the rheological behaviour of such gels.
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Drop impact dynamics on slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces: influence of oil thickness

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02026K, Paper
M. Muschi, B. Brudieu, J. Teisseire, A. Sauret
This paper investigates the impact dynamics of a water drop on slippery liquid-infused surfaces of varying oil thickness.
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Large-scale preparation of a 3D patchy surface with dissimilar dendritic amphiphiles

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02328F, Paper
Yanyan Feng, Yujia Wan, Ming Jin, Decheng Wan
We show here the first example of the large-scale surface decoration of a macroscopic and porous monolith with dissimilar micropatches.
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A multifunctional supramolecular hydrogel: preparation, properties and molecular assembly

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02358H, Paper
Lin Wang, Xuefeng Shi, Yaqian Wu, Jian Zhang, Yuejun Zhu, Jinben Wang
Fabrication of the supramolecular hydrogel AGC16/NTS and encapsulation of Cur and Npx into the respective micro-domains and drug release from the hydrogel.
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Microwave-assisted synthesis of TEMPO-labeled hydrogels traceable with MRI

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02292A, Paper
Emanuele Mauri, Edoardo Micotti, Arianna Rossetti, Lucio Melone, Simonetta Papa, Giulia Azzolini, Stefano Rimondo, Pietro Veglianese, Carlo Punta, Filippo Rossi, Alessandro Sacchetti
Polymer functionalization strategies have recently attracted considerable attention for several applications in biomaterials science.
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Evidence of electrostatic-enhanced depletion attraction in the structural properties and phase behavior of binary charged colloidal suspensions
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02220D, Paper
Gualberto J. Ojeda-Mendoza, Arturo Moncho Jorda, Pedro Gonzalez-Mozuelos, Catalina Haro-Perez, Luis F. Rojas-Ochoa
In this paper we study the structure and phase behavior of binary mixtures of charged particles at low ionic strength. Due to the large size asymmetry between both species, light...
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Nanospheres with a smectic hydrophobic core and an amorphous PEG hydrophilic shell: Structural changes and implications for drug delivery
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02472J, Paper
N. Sanjeeva Murthy, Zheng Zhang, Siddharth Borsadia, Joachim Kohn
The structure of nanospheres with a crystalline core and an amorphous diffuse shell was investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), small-, medium-, and wide-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS, MAXS and WAXS),...
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Interactions between brush-grafted nanoparticles within chemically identical homopolymers: the effect of brush polydispersity

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02483E, Paper
So Jung Park, Seyong Kim, Daeseong Yong, Youngson Choe, Joona Bang, Jaeup U. Kim
The characteristics of the interaction between polymer-grafted nanoparticles immersed in chemically identical homopolymer melts are studied through experiment and theory adopting multi-coordinate-system scheme.
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Composition, thickness and properties of grafted copolymer brush coatings determined by ellipsometry: calculation and prediction

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02285A, Paper
Andriy Kostruba, Yurij Stetsyshyn, Sofija Mayevska, Maksym Yakovlev, Petro Vankevych, Yuriy Nastishin, Vasyl Kravets
Predicted changes in comparison with the experimental data for the refractive index and thickness of [P(4VP-co-OEGMA246)] copolymer grafted brush coatings.
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Cumulative energy analysis of thermally-induced surface wrinkling of heterogeneously multilayered thin films

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02027A, Paper
Seong Soo Yoo, Gwan H. Choi, Wooseop Lee, Juhyun Park, Gi-Ra Yi, Du Yeol Ryu, Pil J. Yoo
Polymer/metal multilayers are thermally treated to generate surface wrinkles, then interpreted with cumulative energy balance analysis to reflect the individual elastic contribution of each constituent layer.
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Silk nanoparticles: from inert supports to bioactive natural carriers for drug delivery

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01631J, Review Article
Barbara Crivelli, Sara Perteghella, Elia Bari, Milena Sorrenti, Giuseppe Tripodo, Theodora Chlapanidas, Maria Luisa Torre
Silk proteins are excellent biomaterials for the production of drug delivery (nano)systems.
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Dynamics of colloidal particle near thermoosmotic wall under illumination
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02196H, Paper
Xin Lou, Nan Yu, Rui Liu, Ke Chen, Mingcheng Yang
The effects of light on colloidal particles in solutions are multiple, including transfer of photonic linear/angular momentum and heating of the particles or its surroundings. The temperature enhancement around the...
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Using DNA strand displacement to control interactions in DNA-grafted colloids

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01722G, Paper
Emily W. Gehrels, W. Benjamin Rogers, Vinothan N. Manoharan
A method for creating broadened, inverted, or multiple phase transitions between colloidal particles grafted with DNA.
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Polyelectrolyte multilayers under compression: concurrent osmotic stress and colloidal probe atomic force microscopy

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02177A, Paper
Bo Wu, Guangming Liu, Guangzhao Zhang, Vincent S. J. Craig
Colloidal interactions have been characterised using both osmotic stress and surface forces.
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Coarsening dynamics of ferromagnetic granular networks-experimental results and simulations

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00796E, Paper
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Armin Kogel, Pedro A. Sanchez, Robin Maretzki, Tom Dumont, Elena S. Pyanzina, Sofia S. Kantorovich, Reinhard Richter
We find the signatures of visco-elastic phase separation in a shaken mixture of glass and magnetised steel spheres after a sudden quench of the shaker amplitude.
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Performance tuning of giant electrorheological fluids by interfacial tailoring
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02355C, Paper
jinbo wu, Zhichao Xu, Yaying Hong, Mengying zhang, Weijia Wen
Giant electrorheological (GER) fluids exhibit a high yield stress due to the saturation surface polarization from contact between neighboring particles. To fine-tune the competitive performance of GER fluids, we modified...
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PBTTT-C16 sol-gel transition by hierarchical colloidal bridging
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02493B, Paper
Han-Liou Yi, Chi-Chung Hua
A versatile conjugated polymer, poly(2,5-bis(3-hexadecyllthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) (pBTTT-C16, with Mw = 61,309 g/mole), in a relatively good solvent (chlorobenzene, CB) medium is shown to produce gels through hierarchical colloidal bridging. Multiscale static/dynamic...
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Well-defined silver conductive pattern fabricated on polyester fabric by screen printing dopamine surface modifier followed with electroless plating
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02246H, Paper
Yun Mao, Meifang Zhu, Wei Wang, Dan Yu
In this paper, we developed a novel method to fabricate silver conductive patterns on the polyester fabric (PET) by screen-printing of dopamine (DOPA) tracks firstly, then silver ions were reduced...
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On skin microrelief and the emergence of expression micro-wrinkles

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01969F, Paper
G. Limbert, E. Kuhl
Human skin microrelief conditions the pattern of expression micro-wrinkles at moderate stiffness ratios between stratum corneum layer and underlying substrate.
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Adaptable liquid crystal elastomers with transesterification-based bond exchange reactions

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02110K, Paper
Drew W. Hanzon, Nicholas A. Traugutt, Matthew K. McBride, Christopher N. Bowman, Christopher M. Yakacki, Kai Yu
Adaptable liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) have recently emerged to provide a new and robust method to program monodomain LCE samples.
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Activity-induced instability of phonons in 1D microfluidic crystals

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01335C, Paper
Alan Cheng Hou Tsang, Michael J. Shelley, Eva Kanso
One-dimensional crystals of active particles in microfluidic flow channels exhibit collective vibrational modes reminiscent of acoustic 'phonons'.
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Wall fluidization in two acts: from stiff to soft roughness

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02093G, Communication
Ladislav Derzsi, Daniele Filippi, Matteo Lulli, Giampaolo Mistura, Massimo Bernaschi, Piotr Garstecki, Mauro Sbragaglia, Matteo Pierno
Surface induced fluidization of soft glassy materials (SGMs) in microfluidic channels may occur via two distinct scenarios, depending on the microtexture of the rough walls.
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Energy landscapes for ellipsoids in non-uniform AC electric fields

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02287E, Paper
Isaac Torres-Diaz, Bradley Rupp, Yuguang Yang, Michael A. Bevan
We report an analytical model for energy landscapes of ellipsoidal particles in non-uniform high-frequency AC electric fields to identify all possible 3D positions and orientations.
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Tunable seat belt behavior in nanocomposite interfaces inspired from bacterial adhesion pili
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02300F, Paper
Kerim Can Dansuk, Sinan Keten
A challenging problem in designing nanocomposites is to engineer nanoparticle interfaces that have tunable cohesive strength and rate-responsive behavior, for which inspiration can be taken from biological systems. An exemplary...
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Effect of Geometrical Parameters on Rebound of Impacting Droplets on Leaky Superhydrophobic Meshes
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02145C, Paper
Arvind Kumar, Abinash Tripathy, Youngsuk Nam, Choongyeop Lee, Prosenjit Sen
When droplet impacts a superhydrophobic sieve, a part of the droplet penetrates through it when the dynamic pressure ([small rho]U^2) of the impinging droplet exceeds the breakthrough pressure ([gamma][Gamma]⁄A). At higher...
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Water ring-bouncing on repellent singularities
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02004J, Paper
Pierre Chantelot, Ali Mazloomi Moqaddam, Anais Gauthier, Shyam S. Chikatamarla, Christophe Clanet, Ilya V. Karlin, David Quere
Texturing a flat superhydrophobic substrate with point-like superhydrophobic macrotextures of same repellency makes impacting water droplets take off as rings, which leads to shorter bouncing times than on a flat...
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Reversible generation of large retractive tensile forces in isometric chemo-mechanical actuators composed of nanocomposite hydrogels and aqueous NaCl solutions

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01935A, Paper
Kazutoshi Haraguchi, Yuji Kimura, Shouichi Shimizu
Large and reversible retractive tensile forces comparable to human muscle are generated in polymer-clay nanocomposite gel actuators in brine.
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Hydrogen-bonded mesomorphic complexes combining hydrophilic and fluorophilic molecular segments

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01801K, Paper
Laura Vogel, Dietmar Janietz, Marko Prehm, Carsten Tschierske
Molecular recognition between a diamino-1,3,5-triazine carrying a polar EO chain and complementary semiperfluorinated benzoic acids generates disc-like aggregates which self-assemble in columns arranged on a hexagonal lattice.
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Stretching and compression of DNA by external forces under nanochannel confinement
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02413D, Paper
Tomas Bleha, Peter Cifra
Mechanical deformation of dsDNA molecules inside square nanochannels is investigated by simulations based on a coarse-grained model of DNA. The combined action of confinement and weak external forces is explored...
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Shear-banding in entangled xanthan solutions: tunable transition from sharp to broad shear-band interfaces

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01734K, Paper
H. Tang, T. Kochetkova, H. Kriegs, J. K. G. Dhont, M. P. Lettinga
The smooth transition between gradient-banded velocity profiles with a sharp interface and curved velocity profiles in entangled xanthan suggests that stiffness and local interactions between the sliding polymer chains play essential roles in shear banding in entangled polyelectrolytes.
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Directional rolling of positively charged nanoparticles along a flexibility gradient on long DNA molecules

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02016C, Paper
Suehyun Park, Heesun Joo, Jun Soo Kim
Directed rolling of a nanoparticle along a gradient of local DNA flexibility.
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Criticality of the zero-temperature jamming transition probed by self-propelled particles

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01909B, Paper
Qinyi Liao, Ning Xu
Critical scaling of athermal self-propelled particles suggests the criticality of the jamming transition in the perspective of active particles.
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Hydrodynamic interactions in DNA thermophoresis

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01317E, Paper
Aboubakry Ly, Alois Wurger
Hydrodynamic interactions result in molecular-weight dependence of DNA thermophoresis and strong specific-ion effects.
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Multiple stimuli-responsive selenium-functionalized biodegradable starch-based hydrogels

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02137B, Paper
Tongbing Sun, Caizhen Zhu, Jian Xu
Biodegradable diselenide cross-linked starch-based hydrogels, composed of starch chain backbones with an enzyme hydrolysis property and selenium-containing cross-linkers with a redox responsive cleavage property, were synthesized via free radical copolymerization and used as stimuli-responsive drug release materials for biomedical applications.
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Relationship between transit time and mechanical properties of a cell through a stenosed microchannel

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01891F, Paper
Ting Ye, Huixin Shi, Nhan Phan-Thien, Chwee Teck Lim, Yu Li
The changes in the mechanical properties of a cell are not only the cause of some diseases, but can also be a biomarker for some disease states.
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A numerical study of droplet dynamic behaviors on a micro-structured surface using a three dimensional color-gradient lattice Boltzmann model

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02078C, Paper
Zihao Cheng, Yan Ba, Jinju Sun, Chao Wang, Shengchuan Cai, Xiaojin Fu
Non-circular droplet contact areas on micro-structured surfaces are simulated using the lattice Boltzmann method.
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Viscoelastic wormlike micelles formed by ionic liquid-type surfactant [C16imC8]Br towards template-assisted synthesis of CdS quantum dots

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02223A, Paper
Yimin Hu, Jie Han, Lingling Ge, Rong Guo
Viscoelastic wormlike micelles consisting of the ionic liquid-type surfactant [C16imC8]Br were utilized for the synthesis of CdS quantum dots.
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The role of anions in adsorbate-induced anchoring transitions of liquid crystals on surfaces with discrete cation binding sites

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01981E, Paper
Tibor Szilvasi, Nanqi Bao, Huaizhe Yu, Robert J. Twieg, Manos Mavrikakis, Nicholas L. Abbott
A universal exponential relationship is found between calculated displacement free energies and adsorbate-induced dynamic responses of liquid crystals for a range of metal salts. Nitrate anions provide fast response times.
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A tetramer micelle: the smallest aggregation number corresponding to the vertex number of regular polyhedra in platonic micelles

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02028G, Communication
Shota Fujii, Rintaro Takahashi, Lee Ji Ha, Kazuo Sakurai
Sulfonatocalix[4]arene-based amphiphiles form monodisperse tetramer micelles whose aggregation number is the smallest corresponding to the vertex number of regular polyhedra.
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Linking slow dynamics and microscopic connectivity in dense suspensions of charged colloids

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01781B, Paper
Ruben Higler, Johannes Krausser, Jasper van der Gucht, Alessio Zaccone, Joris Sprakel
We directly observe and quantify the connectivity dynamics in liquids of charged colloids undergoing vitrification using confocal microscopy and use these data to extend Dyre's model to account for particle-level structural dynamics.
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Light and CO2/N2 dual stimuli-responsive wormlike micelles based on a zwitterionic surfactant and an azobenzene surfactant

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02064C, Paper
Jianzhong Jiang, Qianqian Xu, Guozheng Wang, Zhenggang Cui
Light and CO2/N2 dual stimuli-responsive wormlike micelles (WLMs) were prepared with a zwitterionic surfactant and an azobenzene surfactant. In contrast to traditional CO2 responsive WLMs, a fast and reversible CO2-triggered thinning behavior was observed.
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Annular and threadlike wormlike micelles formed by a bio-based surfactant containing an extremely large hydrophobic group

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02163A, Paper
Zhaolan Zhai, Xinyan Yan, Zhanqian Song, Shibin Shang, Xiaoping Rao
The overlap of an alkyl chain and a rigid group in C12-MPA-Na promotes the formation of large spherical micelles and annular and threadlike micelles.
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A modular approach for multifunctional polymersomes with controlled adhesive properties

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01885A, Paper
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Julien Petit, Laura Thomi, Jennifer Schultze, Marcin Makowski, Inka Negwer, Kaloian Koynov, Stephan Herminghaus, Frederik R. Wurm, Oliver Baumchen, Katharina Landfester
Specific adhesion measurement, realized by micropipette force spectroscopy, of multifunctional polymersomes produced in a microfluidic environment.
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4D printing of a self-morphing polymer driven by a swellable guest medium

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01796K, Paper
Jheng-Wun Su, Xiang Tao, Heng Deng, Cheng Zhang, Shan Jiang, Yuyi Lin, Jian Lin
There is a significant need of advanced materials that can be fabricated into functional devices with defined three-dimensional (3D) structures for application in tissue engineering, flexible electronics, and soft robotics.
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Injectable supramolecular hydrogel hybridized with silver nanoparticles for antibacterial application
Soft Matter, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02251D, Paper
Yanli Niu, Tiantian Guo, Xiaoyan Yuan, Yunhui Zhao, Li-Xia Ren
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) showed long-lasting and broad-spectrum antibacterial activity. Herein, PEGylated AgNPs were prepared in-situ by complexing AgNO3 with random copolymer of poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) and polyacrylic...
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Customizing polyelectrolyte complex shapes through photolithographic directed assembly

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Soft Matter, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02022H, Paper
Udaka K. de Silva, Kunal Choudhuri, Amanda C. Bryant-Friedrich, Yakov Lapitsky
Custom-shaped polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) are prepared through photolithography. These PECs can fold, unfold or dissolve in response to environmental cues.
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Role of local response in manipulating the elastic properties of disordered solids by bond removal

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,312-318
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01727H, Paper
Daniel Hexner, Andrea J. Liu, Sidney R. Nagel
We explore the range over which the elasticity of disordered spring networks can be manipulated by the removal of selected bonds.
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Emulsion stabilisation by complexes of oppositely charged synthetic polyelectrolytes

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,239-254
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01845B, Paper
Ana Maria Bago Rodriguez, Bernard P. Binks, Tomoko Sekine
We investigate the possibility of stabilising oil-water emulsions from the polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) obtained in mixtures of a strong cationic polyelectrolyte (poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride), PDADMAC) and a weak anionic one (poly(acrylic acid)sodium salt, PAANa).
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Elastic particle deformation in rectangular channel flow as a measure of particle stiffness

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Soft Matter, 2018, 14,216-227
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01829K, Paper
Margaret Y. Hwang, Seo Gyun Kim, Heon Sang Lee, Susan J. Muller
Experimental deformation of hydrogel soft particles in a confined channel is quantified and can be used to obtain shear modulus.
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Unravelling cationic cellulose nanofibril hydrogel structure: NMR spectroscopy and small angle neutron scattering analyses
Soft Matter, 2018, 14,255-263DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02113E, Paper Open Access   This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence.James C. Courtenay, Susana M. Ramalhete, William J. Skuze, Rhea Soni, Yaroslav Z. Khimyak, Karen J. Edler, Janet L. ScottThe structure of cationic cellulose nanofibril gels and changes in the nanoparticle form with varying chemical modification are revealed by neutron scattering, rheological and 1H NMR T1 relaxation time analyses.The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry[...]