Distinguished EPJ Referees

EPJ ST Special Issue: Structural Transformations and Non-Equilibrium Phenomena in Multicomponent Disordered Systems

Scope: The issue is devoted to theoretical, computational, and experimental studies of phase and structural transitions and non-equilibrium phenomena (phase transformations; heat generation, rheology; relaxation phenomena) in disordered systems (composite and metastable materials, biological tissues and systems; polymer and other soft materials; amorphous and glass-forming systems; multicomponent melts). Special attention is focused on a detailed microscopical study of various phenomena in these studied systems. The proposed works will cover the following research fields and problems.

  • 1. The fundamental physical mechanisms of magnetic hyperthermia as a progressive method of cancer therapy in ensembles of clustered magnetic nanoparticles embedded in media that model biological tissues.
  • 2. The synthesis and experimental and computational studies of magnetopolymer composites as materials for soft actuators and robots. Ferrogels with pre-programmed complex movements (bending, twisting, etc.), gradients of magnetic nanoparticle concentration, and anisotropic aggregates of particles will be studied.
  • 3. Circulation flows generated by an alternating magnetic field in channels with ferrofluids as a promising method of drug delivery in blood vessels.
  • 4. Computer and experimental studies of hemodynamic flow in elastic branched vessels.
  • 5. Studies of phase and structural transformations and pattern formation in non-equilibrium materials (e.g., clustering and transport of particles within living cells, structural formations in undercooled melts, supersaturated solutions, glasses, field-responsible suspensions, and the like).

Covered topics: The present issue covers the rapidly developing research area of multicomponent materials with complex disordered internal structures (non-equilibrium systems such as glassy, metastable, and biological ones, magneto-active soft and liquid systems, noise-sensitive systems). It covers multiple disciplines, ranging from the non-equilibrium statistical physics of microscopic effects to phenomenological non-equilibrium thermodynamics, condensed matter physics, and biomedical applications.

To present a complex picture of micro- (nano) and meso-temporal and spatial scales in phase- and other non-equilibrium phenomena, a study of various heterogeneous materials (from metastable and multicomponent liquids to biological cell cultures) will be included in this issue. Special attention will be paid to developing the scientific background of biomedical applications (the intensification of address drug delivery in thrombosed blood vessels; intercellular transport for controlling the import and distribution of cargo into a series of endosomes; magnetic hyperthermia as a method of cancer therapy; hemodynamics in branched coronary arteria; non-contact diagnoses of stenosis).

Experimental and theoretical studies of non-equilibrium and field-provoked structural and phase transformations will be included. We plan to include articles devoted to noise-induced phenomena in non-equilibrium systems and to anomalous transport in biologically and chemically active systems.

Impact of the proposed issue: The proposed issue will have a great impact on future research into phase transitions and rheological, transport, synergetic, and other non-equilibrium phenomena in multicomponent disordered and biological systems. First, research on these phenomena in disordered matter and materials will create a fundamental basis for rapidly developing research into rheological phenomena in field sensitive fluids and composites, magnetic hyperthermia in biological cells and intracell tissues, the intracellular cargo transport, non-equilibrium phase, and structural transitions in composite and multi-component matters, and glassy states and transformations.

This theoretical foundation will be further developed to study important phenomena in biomedical applications, such as the magnetic intensification of drugs in thrombosed blood vessels, the magnetic hyperthermia produced by ferromagnetic particles embedded into (onto) tumor cells as a progressive method of cancer therapy, and non-contact methods for detecting the bloodstream in coronary arteria. The scientific foundations of these applications will be analysed in the present issue. The new biophysical mechanisms detailed will provide a basis for future biomedical technologies (to develop new methods for delivering medicinal compounds to thrombosis in blood vessels; cancer therapy; the diagnosing of cardio-diseases), and thus will be of wide public interest.

Call for papers: The Guest Editors invite authors to submit their original research and short reviews on the theme of the Special Issue of the European Physical Journal - Special Topics. Articles may be one of four types: (i) minireviews (10-15 pages), (ii) tutorial reviews (15+ pages), (iii) original paper v1 (5-10 pages), or (iv) original paper v2 (3-5 pages). More detailed descriptions of each paper type can be found in the Submission Guidelines. Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template (preferably 2-column layout), which can be downloaded here.

Submission deadline: 31 December 2022.

Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST via the submission system, and should be clearly identified as intended for the topical issue “Structural Transformations and Non-Equilibrium Phenomena in Multicomponent Disordered Systems”.

Guest editors:

Dr Liubov Toropova, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr Irina Nizovtseva, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open Access: EPJST is a hybrid journal offering Open Access publication via the Open Choice programme and a growing number of Springer Compact “Publish and Read” arrangements which enable authors to publish OA at no direct cost (all costs are paid centrally).

Open calls for papers