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The European Physical Journal E

The European Physical Journal E

Soft Matter and Biological Physics

Editors-in-Chief: F. Graner; F. Sciortino

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

Journal no. 10189

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Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, 1991 Nobel Prize in Physics

François Graner, Université Paris Diderot, France
Francesco Sciortino, Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy

Gustavo Adrian Appignanesi, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Piero Baglioni, Università di Firenze, Italy
Jörg Baschnagel, Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France
Luca Biferale, Università di Roma "Tor Vergata", Italy
Jasna Brujic, New York University, USA
Eric Clément, Université Paris VI, France
Fabrizio Cleri, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
Fabrizio Croccolo, Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, Anglet, France
Rita Maria Cunha de Almeida, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Kari Dalnoki-Veress, McMaster University, Canada
Jean-Marc Di Meglio, Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France
Michael Elbaum, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
James A. Forrest, University of Waterloo, Canada
Giovanna Fragneto, ILL, Grenoble, France
Yves Galerne, IPCMS/GMO, Strasbourg, France
Hans J. Herrmann, ESPCI, Paris, France
Gijsje Koenderink, AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Karsten Kruse, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Mark W. Matsen, University of Waterloo, Canada
Igor Muševič, “Jozef Stefan” Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Roland Netz, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Ignacio Pagonabarraga, University of Barcelona, Spain
Masaki Sano, University of Tokyo, Japan
Srikanth Sastry, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India
Peter Schall, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Helmut Schiessel, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands
Udo Seifert, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Holger Stark, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Ke-Qing Xia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Hiroshi Yokoyama, Kent State University, USA
Duyang Zang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, P.R.China
Xuehua Zhang, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

External Advisors
Andreas Bausch, TU Munich, Garching, Germany
Athene M. Donald, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK
Daan Frenkel, University of Cambridge, UK
Jean-François Joanny, Physicochimie Curie, Paris, France
Richard A.L. Jones, University of Sheffield, UK
Frank Jülicher, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany
Georg Maret, Universität Konstanz, Germany
Martin Möller, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Günter Reiter, Universität Freiburg, Germany

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope



    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.

    The journal includes reports of experimental, computational and theoretical studies and appeals to the broad interdisciplinary communities including physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and materials science.


    I. Soft Matter

    Polymers and Polyelectrolytes
    Gels, rubbers, networks
    Crystalline, glassy and molten polymers
    Amphiphilic systems

    Liquid Crystals
    Thermotropic and lyotropic phases
    Liquid crystalline polymers and elastomers

    Self-organised and Supramolecular Assemblies
    Purpose-designed organic molecules
    Hierarchical structures
    Foams, emulsions and dispersions

    Colloids and Nanoparticles
    Colloids and nanoparticles as model systems
    Glasses, aggregates and fragility

    Functional Materials and Nanodevices
    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 dense liquids
    Viscoelasticity, rheology and rheophysics
    Phase behaviour

    Active Fluids

    Granular Materials
    Packing and elasticity
    Dynamics, dissipation and flow behavior, slurries
    Transport and jamming

    Interfacial Phenomena
    Capillarity, wetting and spreading
    Microfluidics and interfacial flows, foam and emulsions rheology

    Nonlinear Physics and Mesoscale Modeling
    Multiscale hydrodynamics
    Non-equilibrium dynamics, instabilities, pattern formation
    Transport processes, multiphase flows
    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
    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
    Collective motions

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

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    Tips and Tricks
    Topical Reviews

    Tips and Tricks (T&T) are short peer-reviewed papers that focus on a novel methodological approach that facilitates new science. These papers may describe experimental, computational, or theoretical tips and tricks. Although T&T papers maybe shorter than normal research papers, they should still provide enough detail such that the reader can readily implement the ideas presented. The standards of scientific quality and rigour will be the same as a for regular papers (control experiments, clear descriptions, comparison to previous methods, statistical analysis, quantitative evaluation if appropriate, etc.). T&T can be submitted regularly through the online system, but please mention in the cover letter if your submission is a T&T paper. You may contact the T&T editors, Kari Dalnoki-Veress or James A. Forrest, for more guidance on how to prepare a T&T paper.

    Colloquia describe the development of new areas of research or the impact of new and promising experimental or theoretical methods in the fields that are within the spectrum of topics covered by the respective journals. While not as extensive and complete as reviews in the usual sense, they are intended to suitably introduce new research directions and techniques in their early stages of development, and to a wider audience. There is no explicit constraint regarding the length of such manuscripts, although 20 printed pages would be the most usual length. All invited/submitted manuscripts will undergo the same refereeing procedure as all other contributions submitted to the journal. For invited colloquium papers, authors will receive a honorarium of EUR 400,-- upon publication and colour figures will be free of charge. Colloquium papers are generally solicited by the journal editors. Authors wishing to submit a colloquium paper are advised to contact J.M. Di Meglio.

    Topical Reviews provide a comprehensive and extensive summary of recent research results in a field that is within the spectrum of topics covered by EPJ E and are of current interest to a broader audience. A topical review should aim to summarize the pertinent experimental, theoretical, and computational results obtained by the key research groups working in the field in the past 10 years. Historical reviews of an entire sub-field of physics are discouraged. There is no explicit constraint regarding the length of such manuscripts, although 35 printed pages would be the most usual length. All invited/submitted manuscripts will undergo the same refereeing procedure as all other contributions submitted to the journal. For invited topical review papers, authors will receive a honorarium of EUR 400,-- upon publication and color figures will be free of charge. Topical review papers are generally solicited by the journal editors. Authors wishing to submit a topical review paper are advised to contact the Editorial Office or the Editors-in-Chief.

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