Special Issue "Semiflexible Polymers"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016)
Prof. Dr. Martin Kröger
Polymer Physics, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich, Leopold-Ruzicka-Weg 4, CH-8093 Zurich, Switzerland
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Interests: computational polymer physics; complex liquids; anisotropic liquids; coarse-graining issues; new simulation methods; nonequilibrium phenomena; polymer brushes, melts, solutions, gels, and networks; dendritic structures; scaling concepts; topology; pattern recognition; molecular dynamics
Semiflexible or wormlike polymer chains serve as a coarse-grained representation of macromolecules whenever random or self-avoiding walk statistics do not apply, i.e., when the dimensions of the macromolecule do not significantly exceed its persistence length. Prominent systems containing semiflexible chains are DNA, actin filaments, nanotubes, biomolecules, dendronized polymers, their networks and brushes. Semiflexible chains make an integral part in polymer physics education. However, while there exists a number of fundamental results for linear semiflexible chains, the number of open issues is even larger.
This Special Issue is concerned with the statics and dynamics, simulation and application of semiflexible or wormlike chain polymers, including linear, branched, ring, thick polymers and their networks or gels. Topics may include their solution or scaling behavior, knots, entanglements, interactions, lattice and continuous representations, buckling, bond breaking, translocation, scattering properties in both equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium situations. The issue may also address semiflexible chains subjected to flow, external stimuli or fields, semiflexible chains in composites, in biological systems, subjected to confinement, or as part of nematic or other networks. Ideally, contributions focus on fundamental results, algorithms, mechanisms, statistical physics and/or applications that will help to compile the current state-of-the-art and to highlight their range of application. Both original contributions and reviews are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Martin Kröger
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- Semiflexible polymers
- wormlike polymers
- polymer brushes
- polymer physics
- liquid crystals
- actin filaments
- statistical physics