Soft Matter Physics

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Biological Physics

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                                       - Erwin Schrödinger

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Soft Matter, Biological and Statistical Physics
Research Group

Publications > Journal Publications

2017

53
 

Population splitting of rodlike microswimmers in Couette flow

H. Nili, M. Kheyri, J. Abazari, A. Fahimniya, A. Naji
Soft Matter 13, 4494 (2017)

2016

52
 

Pseudo-Casimir Stresses and Elasticity of a Confined Elastomer Film

B.-S. Lu, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Soft Matter 12, 4384 (2016)

51
 

Hydrodynamic Fluctuation-Induced Forces in Confined Fluids

C. Monahan, A. Naji, R.R. Horgan, B.-S. Lu, R. Podgornik
Soft Matter 12, 441 (2016)

50
 

Van der Waals Interaction between Polymers with Sequence-Specific Polarizabilities: Stiff Polymers and Gaussian Coils

B.-S. Lu, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Int. J. Mod. Phys. A 31, 1641035 (2016)

2015

49
 

Ion-Mediated Interactions between Net-Neutral Slabs: Weak and Strong Disorder Effects

M. Ghodrat, A. Naji, H. Komaie-Moghaddam, R. Podgornik
Journal of Chemical Physics 143, 234701 (2015)

48
 

Molecular Recognition by Van der Waals Interaction between Polymers with Sequence-Specific Polarizabilities

B.-S. Lu, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Journal of Chemical Physics 142, 214904 (2015)

47
 

Strong Coupling Electrostatics for Randomly Charged Surfaces: Antifragility and Effective Interactions

M. Ghodrat, A. Naji, H. Komaie-Moghaddam, R. Podgornik
Soft Matter 11, 3441 (2015)

2014

46
 

Fluctuation-Induced Interactions in Nematics with Disordered Anchoring Energy

F. Karimi Pour Haddadan, A. Naji, N. Shirzadiani, R. Podgornik
J. Physics: Condens. Matter 26, 505101 (2014)

45
 

Asymmetric Coulomb fluids at randomly charged dielectric interfaces: Anti-fragility, overcharging and charge inversion

A. Naji, M. Ghodrat, H. Komaie-Moghaddam and R. Podgornik
J. Chem. Phys. 141, 174704 (2014)

44
 

Global Analysis of the Ground-State Wrapping Conformation of a Charged Polymer on an Oppositely Charged Nano- Spheres

H. Boroudjerdi, A. Naji, R. R. Netz
European Physical Journal E 37, 21 (2014)

43
 

Pseudo-Casimir Interactions across Nematic Films with Disordered Anchoring Axis

F. Karimi Pour Haddadan, A. Naji, A.Kh. Seifi, R. Podgornik
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 26, 075103 (2014)

42
 

Structure-function Hierarchies and von-Karman-Howarth Relations for Turbulence in Magnetohydrodynamical Equations

A. Basu, A. Naji, R. Pandit
Physical Review E 89, 012117 (2014)


2013

41
 

Perspective: Coulomb fluids—Weak coupling, strong coupling, in between and beyond

A. Naji, M. Kanduc, J. Forsman, R. Podgornik
Journal of Chemical Physics 139, 150901 (2013)
[Invited Perspective article for JCP Spotlight Collections; featured on Journal’s website and front cover, Vol. 139 (15), 21 Oct. 2013]
[Podcast interview: http://scitation.aip.org/upload/AIP/JCP/spotlights/RudolfPodgronik_Edited.mp3 ]

40
 

Electrostatic Stability and Encapsidation of Charged Nano-Droplets

L. Javidpour, A. Losdorfer Bozic, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Soft Matter 9, 11357 (2013)

39
 

Multivalent Ion Effects on Electrostatic Stability of Virus-Like Nano-Shells

L. Javidpour, A. Losdorfer Bozic, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Journal of Chemical Physics 139, 154709 (2013)

2012

38
 

Attraction between Neutral Dielectrics Mediated by Multivalent Ions in an Asymmetric Ionic Fluid

M. Kanduc, A. Naji, J. Forsman, R. Podgornik
Journal of Chemical Physics 137, 174704 (2012)

37
 

Wrapping Transition and Wrapping-Mediated Interactions for Discrete Binding along an Elastic Filament: An exact solution

D.S. Dean, T.C. Hammant, R.R. Horgan, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Journal of Chemical Physics 137, 144904 (2012)

36
 

Electromagnetic Fluctuation-Induced Interactions in Randomly Charged Slabs

V. Rezvani, J. Sarabadani, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Journal of Chemical Physics 137, 114704 (2012)

35
 

Sample-to-Sample Torque Fluctuations in a System of Coaxial Randomly
Charged Surfaces

A. Naji, J. Sarabadani, D.S. Dean, R. Podgornik
European Physical Journal E 35, 24 (2012)

Appeared on the front page of some of major science news websites such as Science Daily, PhysOrg, Springer Select, AlphaGalileo, Nanotechnology Now, Nanowerk, etc on 30 April 2012; also highlighted by the European Physical Journal (publisher) website, and featured as a Biophysics Highlight in Europhysics News 43 (4), 11 (2012).

2011

34
 

Many-body Effects in Van der Waals-Casimir Interaction between Graphene Layers

J. Sarabadani, A. Naji, R. Asgari, R. Podgornik
Physical Review B 84, 155407 (2011)

33
 

Salt-Modulated Structure of Polyelectrolyte-Macroion Complex Fibers

H. Boroudjerdi, A. Naji, R. R. Netz
European Physical Journal E 34, 72 (2011)
[featured on the front cover of the issue 7, volume 34, July 2011]

32
 

Dressed Counterions: Polyvalent and Monovalent Ions at Charged Dielectric
Interfaces

M. Kanduc, A. Naji, J. Forsman, R. Podgornik
Physical Review E 84, 011502 (2011)

31
 

Sample-to-Sample Fluctuations of Electrostatic Forces Generated by Quenched
Charge Disorder

D.S. Dean, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Physical Review E 83, 011102 (2011)
[also featured in Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, January 15, 2011]

2010

30
 

Diffusive Motion of C60 on a Graphene Sheet

M. Neek-Amal, N. Abedpour, S.N. Rasuli, A. Naji, M.R. Ejtehadi
Physical Review E 82, 051605 (2010)

29
 

Non-monotonic Fluctuation-Induced Interactions between Dielectric Slabs
carrying Charge Disorder

J. Sarabadani, A. Naji, D.S. Dean, R. Horgan, R. Podgornik
Journal of Chemical Physics 133, 174702 (2010)

28
 

Counterion-Mediated Weak and Strong Coupling Electrostatic Interaction
between Like-Charged Cylindrical Dielectrics

M. Kanduc, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Journal of Chemical Physics 132, 224703 (2010)
[also featured in Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, June 15, 2010]

27
 

Effects of Dielectric Disorder on Van der Waals Interactions in Slab Geometries

D.S. Dean, R. Horgan, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Physical Review E 81, 051117 (2010)

26
 

Dressed Counterions: Strong Electrostatic Coupling in the Presence of Salt

M. Kanduc, A. Naji, J. Forsman, R. Podgornik
Journal of Chemical Physics 132, 124701 (2010)

25
 

Fluctuation-Induced Interaction between Randomly Charged Dielectrics

A. Naji, D.S. Dean, J. Sarabadani, R. Horgan, R. Podgornik
Physical Review Letters 104, 060601 (2010)
[also featured in Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, February 15, 2010]

2009

24
 

Role of Multipoles in Counterion-Mediated Interactions between Charged
Surfaces: Strong and Weak Coupling

M. Kanduc, A. Naji, Y.S. Jho, P.A. Pincus, R. Podgornik
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 21, 424103 (2009)

23
 

Thermal Casimir Effect between Random Layered Dielectrics

D.S. Dean, R. Horgan, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Physical Review A 79, 040101(R) (2009)

22
 

Hybrid Elastic and Discrete-Particle Approach to Biomembrane Dynamics with
Application to the Mobility of Curved Integral Membrane proteins

A. Naji, P.J. Atzberger, F.L.H. Brown
Physical Review Letters 102, 138102 (2009)
[also featured in
Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, April 15, 2009]

21
 

One-Dimensional Counterion Gas between Charged Surfaces: Exact results
compared with weak- and strong-coupling analysis

D.S. Dean, R. Horgan, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Journal of Chemical Physics 130, 094504 (2009)

2008

20
 

Strong Coupling Electrostatics in the Presence of Dielectric Inhomogeneities

Y.S. Jho, M. Kanduc, A. Naji, R. Podgornik, M.W. Kim, P.A. Pincus
Physical Review Letters 101, 188101 (2008)
[also featured in Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, November 1, 2008 issue]

19
 

Salt-Induced Counterion-Mobility Anomaly in Polyelectrolyte Electrophoresis

S. Fischer, A. Naji, R. Netz
Physical Review Letters 101, 176103 (2008)

18
 

Partially Annealed Disorder and Collapse of Like-Charged Macroions

Y.Sh. Mamasakhlisov, A. Naji, R. Podgornik
Journal of Statistical Physics 133, 659 (2008)

17
 

Weak and Strong-Coupling Electrostatic Interactions between Asymmetrically
Charged Planar Surfaces

M. Kanduc, M. Trulsson, A. Naji, Y. Burak, J. Forsman, R. Podgornik
Physical Review E 78, 061105 (2008)

16
 

Ionic Cloud Distribution close to a Charged Surface in the Presence of Salt

O. Punkkinen, A. Naji, R. Podgornik, I. Vattulainen, P.-L. Hansen
Europhysics Letters 82, 48001 (2008)

2007

15
 

Corrections to the Saffman-Delbruck Mobility for Membrane Bound Proteins

A. Naji, A.J. Levine, P.A. Pincus
Biophysical Journal 93, L49 (2007)

14
 

2006

13
 

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2005

9
 

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7
 

Statics and dynamics of strongly charged soft matter

H. Boroudjerdi, Y.-W. Kim, A. Naji, R. R. Netz, X. Schlagberger, A. Serr
Physics Reports 416, 129 (2005)

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2004 and before

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1
 

Motion of a Spinning Coin on a Smooth Horizontal Table

N. Afshordi, A. Naji, S. Moghimi-Araghi
Iranian Journal of Physics 15 (2), 103 (1997) (original contribution); in Persian language (English abstract available)