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Soft Matter and Biological Physics

EPJE Topical Issue: Dielectric Spectroscopy Applied to Soft Matter

Broadband Dielectric spectroscopy (BDS) is a well-established experimental technique, successfully used to characterize soft matter at molecular level. The technique is currently employed to investigate phase transitions, molecular relaxation processes and conduction phenomena of polar and nonpolar molecules over a large frequency range in both bulk and confined geometries, e.g. nanopores, single polymer coils, nanocomposites, freestanding membranes.

In this Topical issue of EPJE, we invite submissions of regular and review papers that address the most recent advancement of BDS at experimental level and novel theoretical frameworks rationalizing dielectric relaxation phenomena of soft matter. Topics of interest include soft matter dynamics and phase transitions in amorphous, partially ordered and ordered systems (polymer, liquid and plastic crystals, pharmaceutical drugs, etc.), glassy dynamics and its scaling under different variables (pressure, temperature, electric fields, etc.), investigation of confinement effects, dielectric spectroscopy spatially resolved at micro- and nanoscale, application of BDS to water and hydrogen bonded systems and biomolecules.

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 Editor as soon as possible. Please provide the tentative title of the paper and a short abstract. The full manuscripts should be submitted before the deadline directly to the EPJE Editorial Office at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epje/.

Deadline for submission: March 31, 2019.

Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Special Issue "DIELECTRIC SPECTROSCOPY APPLIED TO SOFT MATTER". 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 EPJ E.

Guest Editor of the Special issue:

Simone Napolitano, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , http://dynamics.ulb.be

EPJ E Topical Issue: Branching Dynamics at Mesoscopic Scale

Branching is a commonly observed and complex behavior in nature in mesoscopic scale (1-100 μm). From cell migration to snowflake formation, from Saffman Taylor instability in Hele-Shaw cell to dendritic growth in alloys solidification, branching dynamics and mechanism have been of long-standing fundamental interests in numerical studies of scientific and engineering significance. From a fundamental science point of view, branching dynamics involve rich and essential nonlinear physics and possible universality between branching structures. Despite the long history research of the topic, it still remains as a challenge to fully understand branching dynamics due to the complexity and universality of pattern formation and selection.

In this topical issue of the European Physical Journal E, we aim at providing a significant overview of the topics of branching dynamics at mesoscopic scale. It will focus on the underlying physics of pattern formation and selection from branching dynamics in different fields in mesoscopic scale, such as snowflake like pattern formation, branching structures and structure stability in phase change, branching behaviors of cells and bacteria, Saffman Taylor instability in Hele-Shaw cell, and so on. Questions as to how the branching behavior is related to possible universality between existing branching structures and how branching dynamics responses to internal properties and external conditions will be highlighted.

The themed issue will contain the following topics, but are not limited to:

(1) Common principle dominating the dynamics and development of branching structures;
(2) Snowflake formation and evolution in solid-liquid system and solid-vapor system;
(3) Branching structures formation and their structure stability in phase change;
(4) Formation of self-assembly branching structures in a nonlinear system;
(5) Saffman Taylor instability in Hele-Shaw cell and branching behaviors in multiphase flow system.

Deadline for submission: 31 March 2019.

The issue welcomes contributions of the latest original results in the field, as well as review contributions. Following the standards of EPJE each manuscript will be peer reviewed. Manuscripts should be submitted before 31 March 2019 directly to the EPJE Editorial Office at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epje. Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the topical issue “branching dynamics at mesoscopic scale”.

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.

Guest editors of the special issue:

Yongsheng Han (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) from Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science, China.
Hui Xing (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
Dongke Sun (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) from Southeast University, China.

EPJ E Call for papers: Thermal non-equilibrium phenomena in soft matter

Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJE dedicated to thermal non-equilibrium phenomena in soft matter. The scope will extend on fundamental studies and applications of soft material under thermal non-equilibrium conditions: theoretical and experimental advances to investigate thermodiffusion in soft matter, novel coupling effects induced by thermal fields, non-equilibrium fluctuations in thermally inhomogeneous fluids, thermodiffusion in porous media, thermal diffusion effects in colloidal suspensions, thermal non-equilibrium phenomena in biology, applications of thermodiffusion in sensing technologies and industrial processes.

The issue will include, but won't be limited to, full peer-reviewed papers from authors presenting their work at the XIIIth International Meeting on Thermodiffusion (IMT) that will take place from September 11th to September 14th, 2018 at Imperial College London. The IMT is a well-established forum for discussion of non-equilibrium transport phenomena. Authors working on these phenomena are invited to submit contributions, regardless if they will attend the IMT.

The submission is open to everyone working in the field. The submission of contributions will open in mid September 2018. We invite interested authors to contact the guest editors before September 2018, providing a tentative title and a short abstract of their contribution. The full manuscripts should be submitted before the deadline directly to the EPJE Editorial Office at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epje/.

Deadline for submission: January 18th, 2019.

Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Special Issue "Thermal non-equilibrium phenomena in soft matter". 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/.

Guest editors of the special issue:

Fernando Bresme, Imperial College London

Velisa Vesovic, Imperial College London

Fabrizio Croccolo, Université de Pau

Henri Bataller, Université de Pau

Editors-in-Chief
F. Graner and F. Sciortino
I am thankful to you and the Editor for the entire effort and prompt action whenever needed.

Sutapa Mukherji, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India

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

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