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Computational investigation of actuation mechanisms of droplets on porous air-permeable substrates

03-Jul-2018 | Panagiotis Chrysinas; George Pashos; Nikolaos Vourdas; George Kokkoris; Vassilis Stathopoulos; Andreas Boudouvis, Soft Matter, 2018

We study the actuation of droplets on porous substrates by air that permeates through pores. Air pockets are created between the droplets and the substrate which, eventually, incite the droplets to a quasi-moving state. We observe those mechanisms computationally and verify them experimentally, ...

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Lipids as Integral Components in Mussel Adhesion

03-Jul-2018 | Yunhong He; Chengjun Sun; Fenghua Jiang; Bo Yang; jingxi li; Chao Zhong; Li Zheng; Haibing Ding, Soft Matter, 2018

Lipids are fundamental components of cells in organisms. Recent studies reveal that lipids are also present in cell-free bioadhesives. Examples include barnacle cement, sea star footprints, hairy and smooth pads of insects and gecko setae. Whether reliance on lipids is universal in bioadhesion is ...

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Adhesion and friction between glass and rubber in the dry state and in water: role of contact hydrophobicity

26-Jun-2018 | Bo N. J. Persson; Toshio Tada; Satoshi Kawasaki, Soft Matter, 2018

We study the contact mechanics between 3 different tire tread compounds and a smooth glass surface in water. We study both adhesion and sliding friction at low-sliding speeds. For 2 of the compounds the rubber-glass contact in water is hydrophobic and we observe adhesion, and slip-stick sliding ...

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Microrheology of DNA Hydrogels Gelling and Melting On Cooling

26-Jun-2018 | Javier Fernandez-Castanon; Silvio Bianchi; Filippo Saglimbeni; Roberto Di Leonardo; Francesco Sciortino, Soft Matter, 2018

We present a systematic characterisation by means of dynamic light scattering and multiple particle tracking techniques of the viscosity and of the linear viscoelastic moduli, G'(ω) and G''(ω), for two different DNA hydrogels. These thermoreversible systems are composed by tetravalent DNA-made ...

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Correction: Continuous tuneable droplet ejection via pulsed surface acoustic wave jetting

26-Jun-2018 | Jasmine O. Castro; Shwathy Ramesan; Amgad R. Rezk; Leslie Y. Yeo, Soft Matter, 2018

Correction for ‘Continuous tuneable droplet ejection via pulsed surface acoustic wave jetting’ by Jasmine O. Castro et al., Soft Matter, 2018, DOI: 10.1039/c7sm02534c.

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Droplet-train induced spatiotemporal swelling regimes in elastomers

26-Jun-2018 | Akshay Phadnis; Kenneth C. Manning; Ian Sanders; Timothy P. Burgin; Konrad Rykaczewski, Soft Matter, 2018

In this work, we perform a combined experimental and numerical analysis of elastomer swelling dynamics upon impingement of a train of solvent droplets. We use time scale analysis to identify spatiotemporal regimes resulting in distinct boundary conditions that occur based on relative values of ...

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A new twist on sea silk: The peculiar protein ultrastructure of fan shell and pearl oyster byssus

26-Jun-2018 | Delphine Pasche; Nils Horbelt; Frederic Marin; Sébastien Motreuil; Elena Macías-Sánchez; Giuseppe Fa ..., Soft Matter, 2018

Numerous mussel species produce byssal threads – tough proteinaceous fibers, which anchor mussels in aquatic habitats. Byssal threads from Mytilus species, which are comprised of modified collagen proteins– have become a veritable archetype for bio-inspired polymers due to their self-healing ...

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Carbon Quantum Dot-Based Fluorescent Vesicles and Chiral Hydrogels with Biosurfactant and Biocompatible Small Molecule

26-Jun-2018 | Xiaofeng Sun; Guihua Li; Yanji Yin; Yiqiang Zhang; Hongguang Li, Soft Matter, 2018

In recent years, it is heartening to witness that carbon quantum dots (CQDs), a rising star in the family of carbon nanomaterials, have displayed tremendous applications in bioimaging, biosensing, drug delivery, optoelectronics, photovoltaics and photocatalysis. However, the investigations toward ...

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Kinetic evolution of DOPC lipid bilayers exposed to [small alpha]-cyclodextrins

26-Jun-2018 | Monika Kluzek; Marc Schmutz; Carlos M. Marques; Fabrice Thalmann, Soft Matter, 2018

Cyclodextrins are cyclic oligosaccharides capable of forming inclusion complexes with a variety of molecules, and as such have been recognized as a pharmaceutical and biotechnological asset. Cyclodextrins are known to interact with the components of cell membranes, and this correlates with a ...

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On the impact of linking groups in hydrogen-bonded liquid crystals – a case study

26-Jun-2018 | Michael Pfletscher; Markus Mezger; Michael Giese, Soft Matter, 2018

The impact of the linking group in hydrogen-bonded liquid crystals is systematically studied by a modular approach. POM and DSC results exhibited tremendous differences in the mesomorphic behaviour of the assemblies, due to the versatile linkages of the side chains, which were correlated with ...

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