Skip to main content

About this Research Topic

Manuscript Submission Deadline 25 February 2023

Soft matter is an emerging research area. It brings researchers from different disciplines, namely physics, chemistry, biology, and various engineering fields, to a common platform. The most common examples of soft matter are colloids, polymers, gels, and liquid crystals, which can be driven out of ...

Soft matter is an emerging research area. It brings researchers from different disciplines, namely physics, chemistry, biology, and various engineering fields, to a common platform. The most common examples of soft matter are colloids, polymers, gels, and liquid crystals, which can be driven out of equilibrium by external stimuli. In addition, biological systems such as cells, tissues, and microbes are examples of living matter that are inherently out of equilibrium.

The physics of non-equilibrium soft matter and biological systems have gained much attention in recent years because of rapid developments in experimental fronts, computational techniques, and theoretical tools. Specifically, advancements in microscopy, microfluidics, image processing tools, and high-performance computational methods have enabled us to explore new territories. These developments will strengthen the fundamental understanding of soft- and bio-materials and broaden their functionalities.

This Research Topic aims to cover recent trends in the non-equilibrium soft matter and physics of living systems. The approaches may be based on theoretical, computational, and experimental work. More specific topics include but are not limited to problems in collective dynamics, emergent phenomena, self-organization in soft matter, and biological systems. We hope these topics will bridge the gap between synthetic and biological matter.

The Research Topic focuses on the following themes:
-Driven and active colloids
-Pattern formation in non-equilibrium systems
-Responsive materials, soft robotics, and soft actuators
-Glassy dynamics in active matter
-Active matter in confined geometry
-Collective dynamics of active polymers/filaments
-Self-organization of two/three-dimensional active matter
-Chemically-driven active matter
-Collective motion of microbes
-Cytoskeletal dynamics
-Motor protein-based intra-cellular transport
-DNA synthesis and organization
-Target search on DNA by proteins
We welcome a range of article types including Original Research and Review.

Keywords: Active glass, Pattern formation, Dynamic self-assembly, Active polymer, Active membranes/sheets, Soft robotics, Chemically active matter, Flexible active matter, Biological active matter, Motor proteins, DNA replication, Actin filaments, Microtubules


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Topic Editors

Loading..

Topic Coordinators

Loading..

Recent Articles

Loading..

Articles

Sort by:

Loading..

Authors

Loading..

views

total views views downloads topic views

}
 
Top countries
Top referring sites
Loading..

Share on

About Frontiers Research Topics

With their unique mixes of varied contributions from Original Research to Review Articles, Research Topics unify the most influential researchers, the latest key findings and historical advances in a hot research area! Find out more on how to host your own Frontiers Research Topic or contribute to one as an author.