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Of bio-hairpins and polymer-spaghetti
Jülich, Germany, 9 October 2014 – When a basically sturdy material becomes soft and spongy, one usually suspects that it has been damaged in some way. But this is not always the case, especially when it comes to complex fluids and biological cells. By looking at the microscopic building blocks – known as "filaments" – of biopolymer networks, researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany and the FOM Institute AMOLF in the Netherlands, revealed that such materials soften by undergoing a transition from an entangled spaghetti of filaments to aligned layers of bow-shaped filaments that slide past each other.
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Microswimmers – From Single Particle Motion to Collective Behaviour
The study of the mechanisms and dynamics of autonomous microswimmers is a fascinating field at the cutting edge of science. It combines the biophysics of self-propulsion via motor proteins, artificial propulsion mechanisms, swimming strategies at low Reynolds numbers, the hydrodynamic interaction of swimmers, and the collective motion of large numbers of agents.
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International Helmholtz Research School

The International Helmholtz Research School of Biophysics and Soft Matter (IHRS BioSoft) offers excellent research opportunities for Ph.D. students. More: International Helmholtz Research School …


ESMI - European Soft Matter Infrastructure

ESMI offers access to world class instrumentation for European soft matter scientists free of charge. More: ESMI - European Soft Matter Infrastructure …



Softcomp was born as a Network of Excellence (NoE) supported by the EU aiming to establish a knowledge base for an intellegent design of functional and nanoscale soft matter composites. More: Softcomp …



Somatai stands for "Soft Matter at Aqueous Interfaces". It is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), which is financed by the EU's 7th Framework Programme. SOMATAI