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European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter

Shahin Mobarakabadi, Neda Adrang, Mehdi Habibi, Ehsan Nedaaee Oskoee
A granular mixture of identical particles of different densities can be segregated when the system is shaken. We present an efficient method of continuously segregating a flow of randomly mixed identical spherical particles of different densities by shaking them in a quasi-two-dimensional container with a sawtooth-shaped base. Using numerical simulation we study the effect of direction of shaking (horizontal/vertical), geometry of the sawtooth, and the friction coefficient between the grains and the container walls on the segregation quality...
September 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Joan Manuel Montes de Oca, Cintia A Menéndez, Sebastián R Accordino, David C Malaspina, Gustavo A Appignanesi
We study the potential of mean force for pairs of parallel flat surfaces with attractive electrostatic interactions by employing model systems functionalized with different charged, hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups. We study the way in which the local environment (hydrophobic or hydrophilic moieties) modulates the interaction between the attractive charged groups on the plates by removing or attracting nearby water and thus screening or not the electrostatic interaction. To explicitly account for the role of the solvent and the local hydrophobicity, we also perform studies in vacuo...
September 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Guillermo R Lázaro, Ignacio Pagonabarraga, Aurora Hernández-Machado
Phase-field models have been extensively used to study interfacial phenomena, from solidification to vesicle dynamics. In this article, we analyze a phase-field model that captures the relevant physical features that characterize biological membranes. We show that the Helfrich theory of elasticity of membranes can be applied to phase-field models, allowing to derive the expressions of the stress tensor, lateral stress profile and elastic moduli. We discuss the relevance and interpretations of these magnitudes from a phase-field perspective...
September 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Thanh-Son Nguyen, Jonathan V Selinger
In liquid crystal elastomers and polymer networks, the orientational order of liquid crystals is coupled with elastic distortions of crosslinked polymers. Previous theoretical research has described these materials through two different approaches: a neoclassical theory based on the liquid crystal director and the deformation gradient tensor, and a geometric elasticity theory based on the difference between the actual metric tensor and a reference metric. Here, we connect those two approaches using a formalism based on differential geometry...
September 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Raj Kumar Khan, Srikanth Turlapati, Nandiraju V S Rao, Sharmistha Ghosh
Bent-core liquid crystals present the first evidence of forming polar superstructures from achiral molecules. The nematic phase is the newest member of the bent-core family and turns out to be extremely interesting owing to its distinct features compared to its calamitic counterpart. Here the investigation of one achiral unsymmetrical 2-methyl-3-amino-benzoic acid (2,6-substituted toluene)-derived four-ring bent-core nematic (BCN) liquid crystals (11-2M-F) is presented after nanodispersion. Ferroelectric nanoparticles significantly affect the phase transition temperature, threshold voltage, dielectric permittivity, elastic constants and splay viscosity of the pristine BCN...
September 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Filippo Cola, Filippo Marchetti, Guido Tiana
Some genetic control networks display temporal oscillations as a result of delays in their homeostatic control. A relevant question about these systems is whether the oscillating regime is a rare feature, or it corresponds to a sizeable volume of the space of parameters. The answer is not trivial mainly due to the large number of parameters controlling the rate equations which describe the network. We have developed an efficient sampling scheme of the parameter space, based on a Monte Carlo algorithm, and applied it to a two-node system with delay, characterised by a 8-dimension parameter space...
August 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Juliette Pierre, Camille Gaulon, Caroline Derec, Florence Elias, Valentin Leroy
Liquid foams are known to be highly efficient to absorb acoustic waves but the origin of the sound dissipation remains unknown. In this paper, we present low frequency (0.5-4kHz) experimental results measured with an impedance tube and we confront the recorded attenuations with a simple model that considers the foam as a concentrate bubbly liquid. In order to identify the influence of the different parameters constituting the foams we probe samples with different gases, and various liquid fractions and bubble size distributions...
August 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Md Hemayet Uddin, Huabin Wang, Fraser M Rogerson, Peter Vee-Sin Lee, Xuehua Zhang
A key event in arthritis pathogenesis is the degradation of aggrecan, the major component in articular cartilage. In this work, we investigate the effects of stimulated aggrecanolysis on the morphological and nanomechanical properties of cartilage harvested from wild-type mice and aggrecanase-resistant mutant mice named "Jaffa". The cartilages were native or were subjected to stimulated aggrecanolysis by interleukin-1[Formula: see text] (IL-1[Formula: see text]) treatment. The nanoscale morphological and mechanical properties of the sectioned cartilages were measured by using a sharp probe by atomic force microscopy (AFM)...
August 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Matthias Kohl, Michael Schmiedeberg
We explore the structural changes of a gel-forming colloid polymer mixture under shear by employing Brownian dynamics simulations of a colloidal system with short-ranged attractive depletion interaction in a linear flow profile. While the structure of unpercolated systems changes only slightly under shearing, we discover the formation of slab-like clusters in sheared directed percolated gel networks that are confined between two walls. These gel-slabs are stable over a long time and seem to be related to the syneresis phenomena that can be observed in directed percolated colloidal gels...
August 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Minryeong Cha, Juyeon Yi, Yong Woon Kim
We consider a system consisting of a charged cylinder in the presence of neutralizing counterions. This system is well known to exhibit the Manning transition of counterion condensation onto the charged cylinder. We study the criticality and the scaling properties of the Manning transition, analyzing involved thermodynamic quantities such as condensed fraction, its fluctuation, and heat capacity. Through the Monte Carlo simulations and finite-size scaling analysis, we find that near the transition point the examined quantities exhibit scale-invariant behaviors with specific exponents, which provides an evidence that the Manning transition is a critical phenomenon having a scale-invariant property, analogous to bulk phase transitions...
August 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Adam Fortais, Rafael D Schulman, Kari Dalnoki-Veress
In this study, micro-droplets are placed on thin, glassy, free-standing films where the Laplace pressure of the droplet deforms the free-standing film, creating a bulge. The film's tension is modulated by changing temperature continuously from well below the glass transition into the melt state of the film. The contact angle of the liquid droplet with the planar film as well as the angle of the bulge with the film are measured and found to be consistent with the contact angles predicted by a force balance at the contact line...
July 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
J Peters, N Martinez, B Lehofer, R Prassl
Human low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is a highly complex nano-particle built up of various lipid classes and a single large protein moiety (apoB-100) owning essential physiological functions in the human body. Besides its vital role as a supplier of cholesterol and fat for peripheral tissues and cells, it is also a known key player in the formation of atherosclerosis. Due to these important roles in physiology and pathology the elucidation of structural and dynamical details is of great interest. In the current study we drew a broader picture of LDL dynamics using elastic incoherent neutron scattering (EINS) as a function of specified temperature and pressure points...
July 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Madison S Krieger
The onset and development of instabilities is one of the central problems in fluid mechanics. Here we develop a connection between instabilities of free fluid interfaces and inverted pendula. When acted upon solely by the gravitational force, the inverted pendulum is unstable. This position can be stabilized by the Kapitsa phenomenon, in which high-frequency low-amplitude vertical vibrations of the base creates a fictitious force which opposes the gravitational force. By transforming the dynamical equations governing a fluid interface into an appropriate pendulum-type equation, we demonstrate how stability can be induced in fluid systems by properly tuned vibrations...
July 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Enis Tuncer
High temperature polymeric materials for electrical insulation and energy storage are needed for transformational power applications such as pulsed-power and hybrid electrical vehicles. One of the candidate materials has been polyetherimide, an amorphous thermoplastic with a glass transition over 200 (°)C. Here, the dielectric studies on the material are reported by taking into account the polarization and conduction processes in the polyetherimide. The dielectric data were analyzed with the distribution of relaxation times approach with Debye expression as the kernel in the inversion algorithm, the results then created the relaxation map for polyetherimide...
June 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
François Boulogne, Sepideh Khodaparast, Christophe Poulard, Howard A Stone
This work aims to identify common challenges in the preparation of the blister test devices designed for the measurement of the energy release rate for brittle thin films and to propose easy-to-implement solutions accordingly. To this end, we provide a step-by-step guide for fabricating a blister test device comprised of thin polystyrene films adhered to glass substrates. Thin films are first transferred from donor substrates to an air-water interface, which is then used as a platform to locate them on a receiver substrate...
June 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Nitin S Tiwari, Paul van der Schoot
The kinetics of the self-assembly of supramolecular polymers is dictated by how monomers, dimers, trimers etc., attach to and detach from each other. It is for this reasons that researchers have proposed a plethora of pathways to explain the kinetics of various self-assembling supramolecules, including sulfur, linear micelles, living polymers and protein fibrils. Recent observations hint at the importance of a hitherto ignored molecular aggregation pathway that we refer to as "body evaporation and addition"...
June 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Javier Hoyo, Ester Guaus, Juan Torrent-Burgués
Artificial lipid bilayers have been extensively studied as models that mimic natural membranes (biomimetic membranes). Several attempts of biomimetic membranes inserting ubiquinone (UQ) have been performed to enlighten which the position of UQ in the lipid layer is, although obtaining contradictory results. In this work, pure components (DPPC and UQ) and DPPC:UQ mixtures have been studied using surface pressure-area isotherms and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of the same compounds have been transferred onto solid substrates being topographically characterized on mica using atomic force microscopy and electrochemically on indium tin oxide slides...
June 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Dariusz Man, Rudolf Słota, Anna Kawecka, Grzegorz Engel, Gabriela Dyrda
The impact of selected metallophthalocyanines, featuring diverse molecular structure, upon the fluidity of liposome membranes was studied using the spin label EPR technique. The "mono"-type MPc's (M = Zn, Sn; Pc = C32H16N8 is the phthalocyanine ligand) and sandwich LnPc2 complexes (Ln = Nd, Sm, Gd) were explored. Liposomes were obtained in a sonication process, from egg yolk lecithin (EYL) in water. TEMPO and 16-DOXYL spin labels were used to monitor the peripheral and central part of the lipid double layer, respectively, which allowed to localize the phthalocyanine additive within the bilayer, as well as to perform independent measurements of changes in fluidity upon addition thereof...
June 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Yaouen Fily, Aparna Baskaran, Michael F Hagan
Despite their fundamentally nonequilibrium nature, the individual and collective behavior of active systems with polar propulsion and isotropic interactions (polar-isotropic active systems) are remarkably well captured by equilibrium mapping techniques. Here we examine two signatures of equilibrium systems --the existence of a local free energy function and the independence of the coarse-grained behavior on the details of the microscopic dynamics-- in polar-isotropic active particles confined by hard walls of arbitrary geometry at the one-particle level...
June 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Prasenjit Das, Sanjay Puri, Moshe Schwartz
We study the Brownian dynamics of a solid particle on a vibrating solid surface. Phenomenologically, the interaction between the two solid surfaces is modeled by solid friction, and the Gaussian white noise models the vibration of the solid surface. The solid friction force is proportional to the sign of relative velocity. We derive the Fokker-Planck (FP) equation for the time-dependent probability distribution to find the particle at a given location. We calculate analytically the steady state velocity distribution function, mean-square velocity and diffusion coefficient in d-dimensions...
June 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
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