Lecturers

Dr. Wuge Briscoe spent, after his PhD at the IWRI, University of South Australia, several years in Oxford, first as a postdoctoral fellow, then as an EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Life Science Interface and a (Guy Newton) junior research fellow at Wolfson College, before joining Bristol. He also maintained collaborations with the KTH, Stockholm during his EPSRC fellowship and spent an enjoyable period of time as a visiting scientist at Karlstad University, Sweden. More...

 

Dr. Thomas Gutberlet is senior scientist at Helmholtz Research Center, Berlin, Germany. He is interested in the structure and dynamics of biological membrane systems, and the mechanisms of the interaction between proteins and peptides as well as between proteins and biomembranes. He further investigates self-assembly and structure formation at fluid-liquid and solid-liquid interfaces. His research mainly relies on X-ray and neutron reflectivity, but he also works on the development of novel neutron instrumentation. More...

Dr. Ger J. M. Koper is associate professor at ChemE, the chemical engineering department of the Delft University of Technology. His research field is Colloid and Interface Science with emphasis on Aggregation and Adsorption Phenomena. His experimental expertise is in optical ellipsometry and reflectometry, dielectric spectroscopy and electro-optical birefringence. More...


Prof. Abraham Marmur is working at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. His research interests cover a broad range of interfacial and colloidal phenomena, in particular wetting, adhesion and capillarity , contact angle theory and measurement, ultra-hydrophobic Surfaces, spreading on surfaces: relationship between adhesion and wetting, capillary penetration into porous media, wetting of powders. More...

Prof. Hubert Motschmannis full professor at the University of Regensburg, Germany. His main interests are structure and self-organization at interfaces and the impact of these surface structures on bulk properties of the adjacent phases. He would particularly like to better understand the structure of adsorbed surfactant monolayers at air-water interfaces. He uses numerous optical surface sensitive techniques techniques, including, ellipsometry, surface plasmon resonance, and non-linear surface enhanced spectroscopy. More...

Prof. Georg Papastavrou is associate professor at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. His main research interest are interactions between surfaces as mediated by simple solutions or by adsorbed polymer molecules. He now studies how surface forces and adhesion properties can be tuned by applying an external potential to metal electrodes. He is further interested how mechanical properties of single polyelectrolyte chains can be influenced by the properties of the backbone and of the solvent. His research mainly relies on atomic force microscopy (AFM). More ...

Prof. Benoit Scheid is professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), where he got his PhD in 2004 on theoretical modelling of hydrodynamic instabilities in heated falling liquid films. He performed his postdoc in the Stone's group at Harvard University before getting a permanent position at ULB form the National Foundation for Scientific Research (FNRS). His main research activities are split into two categories: (i) liquid film dynamics with interfacial phenomena, such as in dip coating, film pulling, film stretching, film spreading, falling films, and (ii) physico-chemical unit operations using microfluidics, such as liquid/gas absorption, liquid/gas separation, crystallisation, reaction, distillation. More ...

Dr. Louis de Smet received his MSc in Molecular Sciences (specialization physical chemistry) from Wageningen University in 2001. During the last stage of this degree, he spent 6 months in the group of Dr. B.R. Horrocks at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) working on the chemical modification of porous silicon. He obtained his PhD degree from Wageningen University in February 2006. Mid 2007 He started as an assistant professor at Department of Chemical Engineering to work in the section of Organic Materials & Interfaces. His research interests include surface modification and biomolecular interactions. More ...

Prof. dr. Conxita Solans Marsa is director of the Colloid and Interfacial Chemistry Group of the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia. The main objectives of the group are the study of surfactant self-aggregation processes to contribute in the development of nanotechnological applications. The knowledge on basic aspects of surfactant aggregates (micelles, liquid crystals, vesicles) and colloidal dispersions (microemulsions, nano-emulsions, etc.) allows their use as nanoreactors for the preparation of novel nanostructured materials and as controlled drug delivery systems. More ...

Prof. dr. Jan Vermant is professor at the Catholic University of Leuven. Research in his group focuses on the science and engineering of soft matter, especially in the fluid state. This is a fascinating, exciting and relevant area with both fundamental aspects and applications in product design or processing operations. In the past few years the focus has shifted to complex fluid-fluid interfaces en directed self-assembly of nanoparticles. More ...

Dr. Ali Zarbakhsh is lecturer at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences of the Queen Mary University in London. His research interests are structural studies of biological and polymeric systems at buried fluid-fluid interfaces. The current area of interest is a model for lipid emulsion drug delivery systems and interaction of a lipid monolayer with negatively charged polyelectrolytes such as DNA. Techniques used are X-ray and neutron scattering, reflectivity, in-plane diffraction and small angle scattering in addition to vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy, ellipsometry and atomic force microscopy. More ...