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The European Physical Journal E

The European Physical Journal E

Soft Matter and Biological Physics

Editors-in-Chief: A. Bausch; J.-M. Di Meglio; F. Sciortino

ISSN: 1292-8941 (print version)
ISSN: 1292-895X (electronic version)

Journal no. 10189

New York / Heidelberg, 25 June 2014

Ludwik Leibler awarded the EPJE Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Lecture Prize for 2014

Physicist honored for outstanding research in polymer physics and polymeric materials

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The journal EPJE – Soft Matter and Biological Physics has awarded French physicist Ludwik Leibler the 2014 EPJE Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Lecture Prize. The journal editors chose Leibler for his seminal contributions to polymer physics and revolutionary polymeric materials, which include self-healing elastomers and vitrimers, a class of plastics which he invented. Leibler is Adjunct Professor at ESPCI ParisTech where he directs the Laboratory for Soft Matter and Chemistry and is also Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).
This is the fourth time this prestigious prize, named after the Nobel laureate who founded EPJE, has been awarded. The prize consists of 1,000 euros and a plenary lecture that will be introduced by Daan Frenkel, co-editor-in-chief of EPJE. The EPJE Pierre-Gilles de Gennes lecture will be delivered by Leibler on 22 July 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal, during the 9th Liquid Matter Conference of the European Physical Society.
A theoretical physicist by training, Ludwik Leibler received his PhD from Warsaw University in 1976. He then moved to Paris for his post-doctoral studies at the College de France, working under the direction of Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. He continued on to more experimentally oriented studies and has become famous worldwide for his contributions to the study of polymer dynamics and nanostructuring, which are important innovations in the polymer industry. Leibler is series editor of the well-known Springer book series Advances in Polymer Science and has received many awards for teaching and research from various organizations.
The EPJE Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Lecture Prize is sponsored by the European Physical Journal (EPJ) co-publishers, which consist of the Italian Physical Society (SIF) and the publishers EDP Sciences and Springer. It is awarded to outstanding scientists for their contribution to soft matter research. Previous recipients of this prize are Sam Safran, Mike Cates and Julia Yeomans.
The European Physical Journal E publishes papers describing advances in the understanding of physical aspects of soft matter and biological systems. This includes reports of experimental, computational and theoretical studies and appeals to the broad interdisciplinary communities including physics, chemistry, biology and materials science.
The European Physical Journals (www.epj.org) are international peer-reviewed publications covering the whole spectrum of pure and applied physics, including related interdisciplinary subjects. They are a continuation of Acta Physica Hungarica, Anales de Fisica, Czechoslovak Journal of Physics, Fizika A, Il Nuovo Cimento, Journal de Physique, Portugaliae Physica and Zeitschrift für Physik.
Image: Ludwik Leibler | © CNRS Photothèque Cyril Fresillon

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    EPJ E publishes papers describing advances in the understanding of physical aspects of Soft, Liquid and Living Systems.

    Soft matter is a generic term for a large group of condensed, often heterogeneous systems -- often also called complex fluids -- that display a large response to weak external perturbations and that possess properties governed by slow internal dynamics.

    Flowing matter refers to all systems that can actually flow, from simple to multiphase liquids, from foams to granular matter.

    Living matter concerns the new physics that emerges from novel insights into the properties and behaviours of living systems. Furthermore, it aims at developing new concepts and quantitative approaches for the study of biological phenomena. Approaches from soft matter physics and statistical physics play a key role in this research.
     

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    I. Soft Matter

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    Amphiphilic systems

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    Foams, emulsions and dispersions
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    Colloids and nanoparticles as model systems
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    Smart materials
    DNA based nanotechnology
    Tuneable, switchable, and addressable properties
    Semiconducting polymers and molecular electronics: structure and morphology

    Interfacial Phenomena and Nanostructured Surfaces
    Adhesion and friction
    Soft lithography, materials pattern

    II. Flowing Matter

    Liquids and Complex Fluids
    Structure and dynamics of fluids
    Non-Newtonian fluids, viscoelasticity
    Rheology and rheophysics

    Granular Materials
    Packing and elasticity
    Dynamics, dissipation and flow behavior, slurries
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    Interfacial Phenomena
    Capillarity, wetting and spreading
    Microfluidics and interfacial flows, foam and emulsions rheology

    Nonlinear Physics
    Multiscale hydrodynamics
    Non-equilibrium dynamics, instabilities, pattern formation
    Transport processes, multiphase flows
    Turbulence
    Computational fluid dynamics – Lattice Boltzmann methods

    III. Living Systems

    Biological Matter
    DNA, RNA and chromatin
    Membranes and vesicles
    Proteins and protein assemblies
    Cytoskeletal filaments and networks

    Structure and Function
    Single molecules
    Nanoscale systems
    Molecular machines: Channels, pumps and motors
    Photobiophysics
    Protein folding

    Biomimetic Systems
    Reconstituted systems
    Artificial environments, microfluidics, microswimmers
    Synthetic biology  

    Cellular Processes
    Cell mechanics and adhesion
    Cell motility and force generation
    Transport and trafficking
    Fluctuations and noise, nonequilibrium processes  

    Multicellular Systems
    Tissues and organs
    Developmental processes and patterning
    Cell communication and cooperativity
    Sensory systems and neural networks
    Dynamics and self-organization in biological systems

    Biological Networks
    Genetic and protein networks
    Cellular signaling systems
    Population dynamics and evolution
    Robustness and reliability
    Biological information


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