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Soft Matter and Biological Physics

EPJ E Topical Issue: Disordered, non-equilibrium systems: From supercooled liquids to amorphous solids

Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJ E on Disordered, non-equilibrium systems: From supercooled liquids to amorphous solids

If a liquid is cooled fast enough to avoid crystallization the system enters a metastable state, the supercooled liquid. If we keep cooling the liquid, the relaxation time increases so steeply that the system behaves as a solid: a disordered, amorphous, solid. The methods used to understand ordered solids do not translate well to the understanding of disordered solids due to a lack of obvious symmetries and to the presence of an extremely large number of competing metastable states.

Recently there has been a significant improvement in the understanding of simple amorphous materials, revealing the strong interconnection between systems all the way from the liquid to the amorphous solid. This is an exciting moment for the topic, where different approaches are converging to a unified description of a wide variety of apparently different behaviors, which will likely have a strong impact for many years. The aim of this topical issue is to provide a panoramic view on these methods and approaches and to highlight a field that is advancing at extraordinary speed. Contributions are invited which cover, amongst others, the following topics:

Subjects: Glass transition and glassy relaxation. Jamming. Yielding. Dynamical heterogeneities. Free-energy/potential energy landscapes approaches. Mean-field theories. Local favored structures. Stress relaxation and low temperature relaxation modes. Topological constraint theory. Fragility and the kinetics of nucleation. Thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical durability.

Systems: Supercooled liquids and glasses. Jamming systems. Vapor-deposited glasses. Amorphous solids. Amorphous ionic conductors. Colloidal systems (confocal microscopy). Granular materials. Polymers. Elastoplastic models. Oxide glasses. Metallic glasses. Glass-ceramics. Bioactive glasses.

The issue is open to everyone working in the field. 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://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epje/.

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2020

Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Topical Issue "Disordered, non-equilibrium systems: From supercooled liquids to amorphous solids". 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 general information about EPJE including instructions for authors is available at http://epje.epj.org/.

Guest Editors:

Marco Baity Jesi, Eaweg, Dübendorf, Switzerland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Yuliang Jin, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Elijah Flenner, Colorado State University, Fort Collins,USA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Marisa Frechero, INQUISUR-UNS-CONICET and Universidad Nacional del Sur, Buenos Aires, Argentina (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Gustavo A. Appignanesi, INQUISUR-UNS-CONICET and Universidad Nacional del Sur, Buenos Aires, Argentina (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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Editors-in-Chief
F. Croccolo, F. Graner and H. Stark
Many thanks for the prompt and very professional editing. Kudos for your work!

Igor M. Kulić, CNRS, Institute Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France

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

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