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European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter

Sarthok Sircar, Giang Nguyen, Andrei Kotousov, Anthony J Roberts
A self-consistent model is developed to investigate attachment/detachment kinetics of two static, deformable microspheres with irregular surface and coated with flexible binding ligands. The model highlights how the microscale binding kinetics of these ligands as well as the attractive/repulsive potential of the charged surface affects the macroscale static deformed configuration of the spheres. It is shown that in the limit of smooth, neutrally charged surface (i.e., the dimensionless inverse Debye length, [Formula: see text]), interacting via elastic binders (i...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
D R Daniels
Using rigorous low-Reynolds-number hydrodynamic theory on curved surfaces, we provide, via a Stokeslet-type approach, a general and concise expression for the leading-order curvature correction to the canonical, planar, Saffman-Delbrück value of the diffusion constant for a small inclusion embedded in an arbitrarily (albeit weakly) curved fluid membrane. In order to demonstrate the efficacy and utility of this general result, we apply our theory to the specific case of calculating the diffusion coefficient of a locally curvature inducing membrane inclusion...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
M Nikkhou, M Škarabot, S Čopar, I Muševič
We study topological defect annihilation on a glass fibre with homeotropic surface anchoring of nematic liquid crystal molecules. The fibre is set parallel to the nematic director of a planar cell with variable thickness and we create pairs of Saturn ring and Saturn anti-ring using the laser tweezers. In thick cells we observe in the whole region of defect separation a Coulomb-like pair attraction with no background force, [Formula: see text] with [Formula: see text]. In cells with thickness comparable to glass fibre diameter, we observe the Coulomb-like attraction only at small separations of the defect pair...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
F -Y Lin, W S R Forrest, C R Daley, Y Chai, J A Forrest
We introduce a simple and sensitive technique for measuring extremely low solubilities with a small sample size and small solvent volume. This technique involves measuring the decrease in the thickness of a supported thin film after exposure to a drop of known volume of solvent and removal of the solution. The feasibility of measuring very small changes in film thickness directly translates to the ability to measure extremely low solubility while at the same time using only μL of solvent. We apply the technique to the case of polystyrene with Mw values in the range 2500 g/mol to 22200 g/mol in alkane solvents and show that we can easily measure a solubility of 0...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Alexey N Boychuk, Dmitriy V Makarov, Alexander N Zakhlevnykh
We theoretically study the dynamics of the orientational structure of a ferronematic liquid crystal with soft planar coupling between the director and the magnetization in a rotating magnetic field. We determine critical parameters characterizing the boundary between synchronous and asynchronous rotation regimes. We show that the magnetic impurity increases the stability threshold of an asynchronous rotation regime. The critical angular velocity, the angles of the director and the magnetization rotation in each regime of orientational structure rotation are found for rigid planar coupling...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Laureano M Alarcón, M de Los Angeles Frías, Marcela A Morini, M Belén Sierra, Gustavo A Appignanesi, E Anibal Disalvo
We employ molecular dynamics simulations to study the hydration properties of Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayers, both in the gel and the liquid crystalline states. We show that while the tight hydration centers (PO and CO moieties) are significantly hydrated in both phases, the gel-fluid transition involves significant changes at the second hydration shell, particularly at the buried region between the hydrocarbon tails. Thus, while almost no buried water population exists in the gel state below the carbonyls, this hydrophobic region becomes partially water accesible in the liquid crystalline state...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Fariba Mortazavi, Mehdi Habibi, Ehsan Nedaaee Oskoee
We study the translocation mechanism of a granular chain in a horizontally vibrated saw-tooth channel using MD simulations and macro-scale experiments and show that the translocation speed is independent of the chain length as long as the chain length is larger than the spatial period of the saw-tooth. With the help of simulation, we explore the effect of geometry of the container and frequency and amplitude of vibration as well as chain flexibility on the chain drift speed. We observe that the most efficient transport is achieved when one of the channel walls is shifted with respect to the other wall by an amount equal to half the spatial period of the saw-tooth...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Chiara Giverso, Pasquale Ciarletta
Multicellular tumour spheroids (MCTSs) are extensively used as in vitro system models for investigating the avascular growth phase of solid tumours. In this work, we propose a continuous growth model of heterogeneous MCTSs within a porous material, taking into account a diffusing nutrient from the surrounding material directing both the proliferation rate and the mobility of tumour cells. At the time scale of interest, the MCTS behaves as an incompressible viscous fluid expanding inside a porous medium. The cell motion and proliferation rate are modelled using a non-convective chemotactic mass flux, driving the cell expansion in the direction of the external nutrients' source...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Ying Jiang, Shiben Li, Jeff Z Y Chen
We review a formalism that can be used to calculate the microphase-separated crystallographic structures of multi-component wormlike polymer melts. The approach is based on a self-consistent field theory of wormlike polymers where the persistence length of each component is an important parameter. We emphasize on an analysis of the number of independent parameters required to specify a problem in general, for a system that includes Flory-Huggins and Maier-Saupe energies. Examples of recent applications are also briefly demonstrated: AB homopolymer interface, AB diblock copolymers, and rod-coil copolymers...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Paul D Fowler, Céline Ruscher, Joshua D McGraw, James A Forrest, Kari Dalnoki-Veress
In both research and industrial settings spincoating is extensively used to prepare highly uniform thin polymer films. However, under certain conditions, spincoating results in films with non-uniform surface morphologies. Although the spincoating process has been extensively studied, the origin of these morphologies is not fully understood and the formation of non-uniform spin-cast films remains a practical problem. Here we report on experiments demonstrating that the formation of surface instabilities during spincoating is dependent on temperature...
September 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
M H Godinho, P Pieranski, P Sotta
The hygroscopic method developed previously for studies of lyotropic liquid crystals is used for the first time in experiments with millimetric capillary bridges made of a hydroxypropylcellulose/water mixture. Composition of such very small samples is controlled via humidity of the surrounding air. By a slow and well-controlled drying of initially isotropic samples, the isotropic/anisotropic phase transition is crossed and polydomain pseudo-isotropic capillary bridges are prepared. Kept in an atmosphere of constant humidity, these bridges are stretched and the strain-induced birefringence [Formula: see text] n is measured as a function of the draw ratio [Formula: see text] ...
September 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
R Lugo-Frias, H Reinken, S H L Klapp
We investigate the occurrence of shear banding in nematogenic fluids under planar Couette flow, based on mesoscopic dynamical equations for the orientational order parameter and the shear stress. We focus on parameter values where the sheared homogeneous system exhibits regular oscillatory orientational dynamics, whereas the equilibrium system is either isotropic (albeit close to the isotropic-nematic transition) or deep in its nematic phase. The numerical calculations are restricted to spatial variations in shear gradient direction...
September 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
A P Zakharov, A M Leshansky, L M Pismen
We investigate the motion of a flexible Stokesian flagellar swimmer realised as a yarn made of two intertwined elastomer fibres, one active, that can reversibly change its length in response to a local excitation causing transition to the nematic state or swelling, and the other one, a passive isotropic elastomer with identical mechanical properties. A propagating chemical wave may provide an excitation mechanism ensuring a constant length of the excited region. Generally, the swimmer moves along a helical trajectory, and the propagation and rotation velocity are very sensitive to the ratio of the excited region to the pitch of the yarn, as well as to the size of a carried load...
September 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Kazuya Eguchi, Doreen Niether, Simone Wiegand, Rio Kita
Cyclodextrins are cyclic oligosaccharides which are interesting as drug delivery systems, because they can be used as containers for pharmaceutical substances. We studied the Ludwig-Soret effect of [Formula: see text]-, [Formula: see text]-, [Formula: see text]- and methyl-[Formula: see text]-cyclodextrin in water and formamide by infrared thermal diffusion forced Rayleigh scattering (IR-TDFRS). In water the Soret coefficient, S T, of [Formula: see text]-, [Formula: see text]- and [Formula: see text]-cyclodextrin increases with increasing temperature and shows a sign change from negative to positive around T = 35 (°) C, while S T of methyl-[Formula: see text]-cyclodextrin is positive in the entire investigated temperature...
September 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Pengfei Yang, Chen Zhang, Fei Dang, Yuan Yan, Yilun Liu, Xi Chen
Inspired by the observation of the configurations of Victoria regia leaves, we establish a phenomenological buckling model for the abrupt out-of-plane edge folding of a circular thin sheet. A reduced model is first developed, and further refined by a more sophisticated growth strain field so that the resulting buckling morphology resembles that of a mature Victoria regia leaf. Parametric studies are carried out to investigate the effects of geometric, material, and strain field parameters on the buckling morphology...
September 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Markus Rein, Thomas Speck
We have performed a case study investigating a recently proposed scheme to obtain an effective pair potential for active Brownian particles (Farage et al., Phys. Rev. E 91, 042310 (2015)). Applying this scheme to the Lennard-Jones potential, numerical simulations of active Brownian particles are compared to simulations of passive Brownian particles interacting by the effective pair potential. Analyzing the static pair correlations, our results indicate a limited range of activity parameters (speed and orientational correlation time) for which we obtain quantitative, or even qualitative, agreement...
September 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Sébastien Fumeron, Fernando Moraes, Erms Pereira
The physics of light interference experiments is well established for nematic liquid crystals. Using well-known techniques, it is possible to obtain important quantities, such as the differential scattering cross section and the saddl-splay elastic constant K24. However, the usual methods to retrieve the latter involve adjusting of computational parameters through visual comparisons between the experimental light interference pattern or a (2) H-NMR spectral pattern produced by an escaped-radial disclination, and their computational simulation counterparts...
September 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Mehdi Riahi, Saïd Aniss, Mohamed Ouazzani Touhami, Salah Skali Lami
Centrifugal instability of a pulsed flow in a viscoelastic fluid confined in a Taylor-Couette system is investigated. Both cylinders are subject to an out-of-phase modulation of rotation with equal modulation amplitude and modulation frequency. The fluid is assumed to obey a linear Maxwell fluid with a relaxation time and a constant viscosity. Attention is focused on the linear stability analysis and on the effect of Deborah and frequency numbers on the critical values of the Taylor and wave numbers. Using Floquet theory, we show that in the limit of low frequency, the Deborah number has no effect on the stability of the basic state which tends to the classical configuration of steady circular Couette flow...
August 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
René Messina, Ludovic Spiteri
The interactions of dipolar filaments such as magnetic needles and chains in strong homogeneous magnetic/electric field are investigated theoretically. Revisiting the case of uniformly magnetized/polarized parallel needles of finite size L and separated by a distance R , all the relevant regimes of attraction and/or repulsion are properly addressed and discussed. At short inter-needle separation ( R/L ≲ 0.2, the repuive pair potential of two facing needles is governed by R(-1) in strong contrast with R(-3) at long separations (R/L ≳ 2...
August 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
M Schmitt, H Stark
A micron-sized droplet of bromine water immersed in a surfactant-laden oil phase can swim (S. Thutupalli, R. Seemann, S. Herminghaus, New J. Phys. 13 073021 (2011). The bromine reacts with the surfactant at the droplet interface and generates a surfactant mixture. It can spontaneously phase-separate due to solutocapillary Marangoni flow, which propels the droplet. We model the system by a diffusion-advection-reaction equation for the mixture order parameter at the interface including thermal noise and couple it to fluid flow...
August 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
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