The seminal paper on depletion forces by Sho Asakura and Fumio Oosawa appeared as a 500 word Letter to the Editor in JCP in 19541. An excellent Perspective article on the topic, by Kurt Binder, Peter Virnau and Antonia Statt, was published in JCP in 2014 on the 60th anniversary of the original work2. JCP has played a critical role in the birth, development, and broad application of work based on this “fifth force of nature.” The proposed Special Issue will include papers exploring experimental and theoretical developments as well as diverse applications of depletion forces in a variety of fields including (bio)macromolecules, colloids, polymers, gels, and glasses.
1 J. Chem. Phys. 22, 1255 (1954); DOI: 10.1063/1.1740347
2 J. Chem. Phys. 141, 140901 (2014); DOI: 10.1063/1.4896943
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Phase separations
- Polymer nanocomposites
- Polymer-particle suspensions
- Kinetic arrest
- Biological soft matter
Kunimasa Miyazaki, Nagoya University
Kenneth S. Schweizer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Devarajan Thirumalai, The University of Texas at Austin
Remco Tuinier, Eindhoven University of Technology
Emanuela Zaccarelli, Institute for Complex Systems
David R. Reichman, Columbia University
Francesco Sciortino, Sapienza University of Rome
John Straub, Boston University
Carlos Vega, University Complutense of Madrid
Please note that papers will be published as normal when they are ready in a regular issue of the journal and will populate on a virtual collection page within a few days of publication. Inclusion in the collection will not cause delay in publication.
How to submit:
- Please submit through the online submission system.
- Under manuscript type → select Article or Communication, as appropriate.
- Under manuscript information → Title/Abstract → select “Invited Submission: No”.
- Under manuscript information → Manuscript classification → select Special Topic: “Depletion Forces and Asakura-Oosawa Theory”