Fifteen years in its tradition, the December issue of the Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer Physics features a series of papers by members of the Division of Polymers (DPOLY) who presented their work at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS). Two years ago, this special APS DPOLY issue received a significant “face-lift.” Kari Dalnoki-Veress (recipient of the 2008 Dillon Medal) from McMaster University in Canada, who served as the Editor of the special issue, introduced a new and exciting layout which incorporated a series of feature articles by invited authors1 in addition to regular contributed papers. In these feature articles, experts in their respective fields shared their points-of-views on current and future developments in polymer physic related topics; these articles were meant to provide perspective to non-experts in the field. Additionally, the winners of the Polymer Physics Prize and the Dillon Medal wrote review articles pertaining to their research. This fresh blueprint introduced by Kari made a very favorable impression on the readers of the journal and a similar format was chosen by the co-editors of the special issue last year, Chang Y. Ryu and Rahmi Ozisik from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the following year.2 Inspired by our predecessors and by the success of the new format of the special APS issue, the decision for us to replicate the existing layout was thus very easy.

The 2007 DPOLY special issue of Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer Physics highlights a paper co-authored by Glenn Fredrickson, the winner of the 2007 DPOLY Polymer Physics Prize. Concentrating on recent advances in the simulation of charged polymeric systems, Glenn's review article provides an excellent overview of the field, which we hope will inspire theorists and experimentalists alike. The subsequent 6 articles represent viewpoints/opinions by experts in the diverse fields of polymer physics. The section commences with a paper authored by Buck Christ, who commemorates the 50th anniversary of chain folding. Steve Granick and Janet Wong share their perspectives on friction in polymer systems. Ron Larson's article examines entanglements in polymer dynamics by computer simulations. Marc Hillmyer highlights the influence of molecular weight distribution on microstructure development in block copolymers. New insights into polymer nanocomposites are presented by Ramanan Krishnamoorti and Rich Vaia. And if you ever wondered how polymer physics is related to foodstuffs, you should not miss Athene Donald's article.

The second part of the journal features 13 contributed papers, including several from finalists of the Frank J. Padden, Jr. Award, highlighting selected works presented during the March 2007 APS meeting.

It has been our pleasure to co-edit the 2007 special issue of Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer Physics. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the authors for their contributions and the reviewers for their assistance in assessing these manuscripts. And last but not least, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Ms. Hope Inman, the journal's managing editor, for her help and superb organization and managing skills.


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Professor Loo recently joined Princeton University as an associate professor in the Chemical Engineering Department. She received bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering as well as Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 2001. In 2002, Lynn joined the University of Texas at Austin as Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering and General Dynamics Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering. Lynn's research focuses on developing patterning and processing tools for making organic electronic devices and understanding the structure-property relationships in organic electrically-active materials, especially solution-processable organic molecular semiconductors and polymer conductors. Her honors include a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (2002), a DuPont Young Professor Grant (2003), an NSF-CAREER Award (2004), and an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award (2005). In 2004, Lynn was also selected as one of Top 100 Young Innovators under 35 by MIT's Technology Review. More recently, Lynn was the inaugural recipient of the Peter and Edith O'Donnell Award in Engineering awarded by the Academy of Medicine, Science, and Engineering of Texas and the 2006 recipient of the Alan P. Colburn Award of the AIChE. Lynn will be presenting the 2007 Thiele Lecture in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame this fall.

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Professor Genzer is a professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received the "Diploma-engineer" degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Chemical & Materials Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, Czech Republic in 1989 and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Between 1996 and 1998 he was a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University and the University of California at Santa Barbara, working with Professor Ed Kramer. In the fall 1998 he joined the faculty of chemical engineering at the North Carolina State University as an assistant professor and was promoted to the associate and full professor in 2004 and 2006, respectively. He also holds a position of an adjunct professor at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. His honors include: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Sigma Xi research award, NSF CAREER award, John H. Dillon Award of the American Physical Society, NSF Award for Special Creativity, and NCSU's Outstanding Teacher award. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered more than 100 invited lectures. His group at North Carolina State University is actively involved in research related to the behavior of polymers at interfaces and in confined geometries, with particular emphasis on self-assembly and forced assembly and combinatorial methods.