About this Research Topic
- Self-assembly: can we control spontaneous self-organization of molecules or colloidal particles into complex structures? How can we deal with, or make use of, competing pathways and non-equilibrium states?
- Flow and rheology of soft matter: how can we understand and control flow of complex liquids, soft materials, or glass-forming polymers?
- Active matter: how can we understand the rich variety of collective phenomena in soft matter systems that are actively driven out of equilibrium?
- Biological soft matter: which soft matter physics concepts can we use to understand biological systems?
- Soft matter physics for societal impact: many of society’s current challenges ask for novel materials. How can soft matter physics help with the development of more sustainable materials or foods, or new biomedical treatments?
- Novel approaches: how can recent developments in experimental and theoretical methods or in artificial intelligence advance the field?
We welcome both original research, mini-reviews, and perspective articles.
 J. van der Gucht, Grand Challenges in Soft Matter Physics, Frontiers in Physics 2018,
Keywords: Soft Matter, Rheology, Flow, Biological Soft Matter, Active Matter, Self-Assembly
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