Self-Assembled Soft Matter

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Self-assembled systems have potential to be applied in systems where it is desirable to gain fine control over properties, such as in responsive materials. Such systems make use of non-covalent interactions, which might include hydrogen bonding, host-guest interactions or aromatic stacking, for the formation of larger assemblies. These interactions can be reversible or dynamic, and systems can therefore be designed to be responsive to a range of stimuli. Key aspects of this area include molecular design to ensure control over assembly, understanding the conditions required for different morphologies to form and in some cases, control over the supramolecular chirality of the system. These materials are also being increasingly investigated for applications in a range of fields, particularly as biomedical materials.

In this collection, we aim to bring together manuscripts covering coacervation and liquid-liquid phase separation, chiral assembled systems and polymer assemblies. We welcome the submission of manuscripts covering all aspects of research in these areas, from fundamental studies to applied materials.

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Illustration different types of polymeric nanoparticles used for drug delivery

Coaceravates/Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation

Chiral Systems

Polymer Assemblies