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Soft Matter and Biological Physics

EPJ E Call for Papers: Polymers: from adsorption to translocation - Topical Issue in Memoriam Loïc Auvray (1956-2016)

Loïc Auvray (Photograph: DR Univ Évry)

Loïc Auvray made seminal contributions in Soft Matter and Biological Physics. After a first theoretical thesis under the supervision of Pierre-Gilles de Gennes on confined semi-flexible polymers, he elucidated the bicontinuous structure of Winsor microemulsions in his PhD thesis (1985) under the supervision of Christiane Taupin and Jean-Pierre Cotton, using X-rays and neutron scattering. He then joined the Laboratoire Léon Brilloin in Saclay to focus his research on adsorbed polymer layers. One of his major and noticeable achievements was to prove that the layers' structure is indeed self-similar. He later moved in 2002 to the University Évry-Val-d’Essonne to found the Matériaux Polymères aux Interfaces laboratory where he developed original studies of the translocation of biopolymers. In 2010, he became the director of the Matière and Systèmes Complexes laboratory of the University Paris Diderot.. He passed away on June 8th, 2016 from ALS.

The European Physical Journal E - Soft Matter and Biological Physics (EPJ E) is going to publish a special issue to celebrate the memory of our distinguished colleague.

This issue will be focussed on the main thematics developed by Loïc:

- Polymers at interfaces (with a focus on scattering methods)
- Microemulsions and vesicles
- Translocation of polymers through natural and artificial nanopores.

All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed according to the usual publication process of EPJE

We invite you to submit papers for this special issue. Papers should be submitted by November 30th, 2017 to be considered for this special issue, to the Editorial Office of the European Physical Journal E via https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epje/ (Editorial Office of The European Physical Journal E, Solange Guéhot, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and marked clearly for the topical issue “ in Memoriam Loïc Auvray” to the attention of Jean-Marc Di Meglio (Editor), or Fabien Montel or Jan Behrends (Guest Editors).

We look forward to receiving your submission!

Best regards,

Prof. Jean-Marc Di Meglio
Matière et Systèmes Complexes (MSC)
Université Paris Diderot
Bâtiment Condorcet - Case Courrier 7056
75205 Paris Cedex 13 - France
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Dr. Fabien Montel
Laboratoire de Physique (UMR CNRS 5672)
ENS de Lyon
46, allée d’Italie
F-69364 LYON CEDEX 07, FRANCE
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Prof. Jan C. Behrends
Institute of Physiology
University of Freiburg
Hermann-Herder-Str. 7
D-79104 Freiburg, Germany
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EPJ E Call for papers: Non-equilibrium Processes in Multicomponent and Multiphase Media

Most continuous media in natural and technological processes are multicomponent and/or multiphase systems. The physics behind the phenomenology of non-equilibrium processes in such media is an exciting and active topic for research which benefits from a continuous interaction between theory, experiments and numerical simulations. The European Physical Journal E is will contribute to this effort by publishing a topical issue on non-equilibrium processes in multicomponent and multiphase media. The areas of interest for this Topical Issue include, but are not limited to:

- Hydrodynamic instability and transition to complex non-periodic and chaotic regimes

- Generation and evolution of large-scale vortex structures in turbulent flows

- Heat and mass transfer in the atmosphere and oceans

- Hydrodynamics of systems with fluid interfaces

- Formation of dynamic and dissipative structures at interfaces

- Thermodiffusion and thermophoresis in molecular fluids and colloidal suspensions

- Acoustic and wave processes in inhomogeneous media

- Non-equilibrium processes in complex fluids and disperse media

These topics were presented at the International Symposium “Non-Equilibrium Processes in Continuous Media" which was held in Perm (Russia) in May 2017. The topical issue is inspired by this meeting but it is open to the entire world-wide community of scientists working of these problems.

Deadline for submission: August 15th, 2017.

Guest editors of the special issue:

Tatyana Lyubimova (Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics UB RAS, Perm, Russia)

Valentina Shevtsova (Université Libre de Brussels, Brussels, Belgium)

Fabrizio Croccolo (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, Pau, France)

Authors wishing to contribute should send their manuscripts (before the deadline of August 15, 2017) directly to the EPJE Editorial Office at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epje. Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the topical issue " Non-Equilibrium Processes in Multicomponent and Multiphase Media". All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed according to the usual high standards of EPJE. For further details and information contact the editorial office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EPJ E Call for papers: Fluids and Structures: Interaction and Modelling

Flowing matter problems are often too complex to be attacked from first principle or by brute force numerical methods. We need to model to reduce the number of degrees of freedom and/or we need to control to drive the system toward a less unpredictable behaviour. We are considering multi-scale interactions among a fluid matrix and dispersed structures as for the case of an assembly of molecules, mesoscopic particles, active biological and artificial entities, solid macroscopic objects or turbulent `coherent' fluctuations. We often understand the microscopic or individual behaviour but we lack a way to systematically upscale the problem to continuum descriptions. Flowing matter frequently presents a tight coupling between multi-scale structures and large-scale flow urging for a unifying view at both Lagrangian and Eulerian levels.

The European Physical Journal E is preparing a topical issue on this topic with the aim to stimulate research and advance our understanding of the following questions. Can we control complex flows by suitable Eulerian/Lagrangian optimal feedback? How to downsize the complexity and develop accurate sub-grid or multi-scale models? Can one learn how to escape from strong turbulent fluctuations? Or how to harvest fluid energy efficiently? How robust and universal can hydrodynamical models for active matter be? The topical issue will be focused on the following topics:

- modelling active matter by continuum Eulerian approaches

- tailoring active particles to achieve optimal goals

- understanding how biological organisms learn and evolve in complex environments

- modelling/controlling turbulent flows in order to optimise applied problems or to develop fundamental understanding of multiscale dynamics

- applying machine learning or modern data assimilation techniques to cope with big-data and/or complex behaviour in a high dimensional phase space

Deadline for submission: September 31st, 2017.

Guest editors of the special issue:

Luca Biferale, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy

Stefano Guido, University of Napoli “Federico II”, Italy

Andrea Scagliarini, Italian National Research Council, Italy

Federico Toschi, Eindhoven Technical University, Netherlands

The submission is open to everyone working in the field. We invite contributors to communicate their intention to submit a manuscript for this topical issue to the Guest Editors as soon as possible. Manuscripts should be submitted before 31st July 2017 directly to the EPJE Editorial Office at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epje. Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the topical issue "Fluids and Structures: Interaction and Modelling". Papers will be published continuously and will appear (as soon as ready) on the journal website. The online version of the topical issue will contain the papers in the order of publication.

EPJ E Special Issue: Advances in Computational Methods for Soft Matter Systems

Soft matter systems are inherently characterized by length- and time-scales that span many orders of magnitude. Such a multi-scale nature poses many challenges to the theoretical and computational modelling of these fascinating systems. As a result, the last years have seen a huge effort towards the development of new numerical methods and techniques explicitly tailored for soft matter systems.

The European Physical Journal E - Soft Matter and Biological Physics - is planning a special issue on recent advances on computational soft matter, providing an avenue to collect and disseminate new methods and results on these exciting new developments.

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to): (i) advanced sampling techniques in molecular simulations; (ii) hydrodynamics in soft matter systems; (iii) out-of-equilibrium systems (e.g. active matter, biological systems); (iv) large-scale simulations (GP-GPU computing, parallel computing)

The submission is open to everyone working in the field. We invite contributors to communicate their intention to submit manuscripts for this Special Issue to the Guest Editors as soon as possible. The full manuscripts should be submitted before 15 December 2017 directly to the EPJE Editorial Office at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epje.

Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Special Issue "Advances in Computational Methods for Soft Matter Systems". Papers will be published continuously and will appear (as soon as accepted) on the journal website. The electronic version of the Special Issue will contain all accepted papers in the order of publication. All submitted papers will be refereed according to the usual high standards of the journal. More general information about EPJE including instructions for authors is available at http://epje.epj.org .

Deadline for submission: 15th December 2017

Guest Editors:

Lorenzo Rovigatti, Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford
Flavio Romano, Dipartimento di Scienze Molecolari e Nanosistemi, Universita' Ca' Foscari, Venezia
John Russo, School of Mathematics, University of Bristol

Editors-in-Chief
F. Graner and F. Sciortino
We are happy to find such an accurate and well done editing work (as always with my experience with European Physical Journal series). We appreciate this. Thank you very much for your work.

Denis Goldobin

ISSN (Print Edition): 1292-8941
ISSN (Electronic Edition): 1292-895X

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