Lubrication of biological systems often involves the presence of polymers that are end-anchored to rubbing surfaces. The polymers swell in a solvent to form brushes, which then act as low-viscosity bearings when surfaces slide against a counter face.
Proceedings of the Workshop on Hybrid Particle-Continuum Methods in Computational Physics, which was held from March 4-7, 2013, at Forschungszentrum Jülich can now be downloaded as PDFs. The goal of the workshop was to foster the exchange of ideas between the communities working on complex fluids and on complex solids. 65 participants learned about the new developments in hybrid particle-continuum methods from 15 invited and 10 contributed talks as well as from 30 posters.