In the last few years, novel theoretical and experimental developments have significantly advanced our understanding of slow dynamics in viscous liquids, glasses, gels, and other dense, disordered materials. These systems are often relevant for technological applications and can exhibit intriguing slow and complex dynamical behavior driven by mechanisms as different as packing, energy, bonding, mesoscopic ordering, and free-energy fluxes. The special issue will include experimental and theoretical/simulation papers exploring the chemical physics of these systems.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- dynamics in supercooled liquids and glasses (including ultrastable glasses, aging and rejuvenation, the vibrational properties of glasses, orientational glasses, the Gardner transition, and ultra-low temperature properties of glasses) and in confined liquids
- dynamics in gels of various nature and in dense soft materials (from particle suspensions to pastes, emulsions or foams)
- jamming and polyamorphism
- slow dynamics in cells assemblies and tissues, dense assemblies of active particles or fibers, biological systems
- rheology, deformation, and yielding
- algorithmic advances and new experimental techniques
- single molecule/particle investigations of slow dynamics
C. Patrick Royal, EPSCI Paris
Andrea Liu, University of Pennsylvania
Emanuela Del Gado, Georgetown University
Mark Ediger, University of Wisconsin-Madison
David Reichman, Columbia University
Francesco Sciortino, Sapienza University of Rome
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: “Slow Dynamics”