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Soft Matter and Biological Physics

EPJ E Topical Issue: Novel Molecular Materials and Devices from Functional Soft Matter

Guest Editors: Jean-Marc Di Meglio, Aritra Ghosh, Orlando Guzmán, P. Lakshmi Praveen.

Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJ E on “Novel Molecular Materials and Devices from Functional Soft Matter”.

This Topical issue will focus on soft matter materials and devices.

Soft matter can be defined by a large response to weak external perturbations, with physical properties governed by local internal dynamics. It may contain ordered structures at mesoscopic scales, but appear disordered at molecular scales. Because of this, the ordered and disordered aspects of soft matter can be combined to manufacture innovative and original functional materials and devices. Since the range of soft matter materials is very broad, including polymers, gels, colloids, liquid crystals, and many biomaterials, there is a need for understanding their large response functions to combined stimuli.

The most ambitious course of action is then to develop multi-functional materials and devices that exploit two or more rheological, electrical, electronic, photo-physical, quantum chemical, or opto-electronic responses of soft matter. Solving grand challenges for new generations of functional materials demands, beyond understanding, the ability to control structure-function relationships over all length scales — from the individual molecular building blocks to the macroscopic device —. The aim of this Topical Issue is to provide an inspiring platform for the dissemination of the latest developments and discoveries in the design, simulation, modeling, synthesis, construction and characterization of soft matter structures for functional materials and devices.

This Topical Issue will cover, among other possibilities, the following topics:

  • (a) Flowing liquid crystals, and other complex liquids, as novel modulators, sensors and optical filters.
  • (b) Multi-Phase, and photo stability analysis based on multi-physics methodologies.
  • (c) Energy harvesting and storage by soft materials.
  • (d) Smart hybrid materials with micro- and nano-structures.
  • (e) Soft biological and bio-inspired materials.
  • (f) Molecules for logic gate and integrated circuit applications as well as organic electronics, thick and thin-film materials.
  • (g) Multifunctional and stimuli-responsive polymers and gels.
  • (h) 3D/4D printing and fabrication of soft materials, robots or machines.
  • (i) Soft Matter Devices

The emphasis of this Topical issue is on physical methodologies and characterizations to resolve multi-disciplinary issues. The guest editor team will promote novel contributions in the form of full papers, reviews, or short communications. We invite contributors to communicate their intention to submit manuscripts for this Topical Issue to the Guest Editors 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://www.editorialmanager.com/epje/.

Deadline for submission: 31 January, 2023.

Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Topical Issue on “Novel Molecular Materials and Devices from Functional Soft Matter”. Papers will be published continuously and will appear as soon as accepted on the journal website. The electronic version of the Topical 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 information about EPJ E, including instructions for authors is available here.

Guest Editors of the Special issue:

Jean-Marc Di Meglio, MSCmed Group, Matière et Systèmes Complexes Laboratory, CNRS & University of Paris, Faculté de médecine, 45 rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris, France Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aritra Ghosh, Renewable Energy, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orlando Guzmán, Department of Physics, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Mexico. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P Lakshmi Praveen, Department of Physics, Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla-768018, Sambalpur, Odisha, India. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open Access

EPJ E is a hybrid journal offering Open Access publication via the Open Choice programme and a growing number of Springer Compact “Publish and Read” arrangements which enable authors to publish OA at no direct cost (all costs are paid centrally).

EPJ E Topical Issue: 50 years of Small Angle Neutron Scattering at the ILL in Grenoble

Guest Editors: Matthias Ballauff, Edward Forgan, Giovanna Fragneto and Thomas Zemb.

Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJ E on “50 years of Small Angle Neutron Scattering at the ILL in Grenoble”.

Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) has become a workhorse technique to characterise systems from various scientific research areas such as soft condensed matter, biology, materials science, fundamental and applied physics to name but the most prominent fields. The Institut Laue — Langevin (ILL) has been one of the driving forces in establishing SANS as a technique of such importance and D11 remains the benchmark pin-hole SANS instrument. D11, the first SANS instrument at the ILL, was built in the early ‘70s and has been in user operation since September 1972. This special issue is the occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of small-angle neutron scattering at the ILL.

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EPJ E Topical Issue: Quantitative AI in Complex Fluids and Complex Flows: Challenges and Benchmarks

Guest Editors: Luca Biferale, Michele Buzzicotti and Massimo Cencini.

Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJ E on “Quantitative AI in Complex Fluids and Complex Flows: Challenges and Benchmarks".

The Collection deals with- open problems, challenges, and benchmarks for data-driven/equations-informed tools for data assimilation, predictability, (sub-grid-scale) modeling, inpainting, classification, and (optimal) control of Eulerian and Lagrangian problems in complex flows.
The aim is to move from proofs-of-concept to quantitative benchmarks and grand challenges also concerning scaling of the algorithms and complexity of the datasets.
Papers about interpretability, supremacy and usability when applied to realistic fluid dynamics problems in engineering, geophysics, biophysics and other fields would also be welcome.

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Editors-in-Chief
F. Croccolo, G. Fragneto and H. Stark
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Jane E.G. Lipson, Department of Chemistry, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA

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

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