Lorentz Center - Dynamics of Complex Fluid-Fluid Interfaces from 26 Sep 2011 through 30 Sep 2011
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    Dynamics of Complex Fluid-Fluid Interfaces
    from 26 Sep 2011 through 30 Sep 2011




Dick Bedeaux



Gian Paolo Beretta

Gian Paolo Beretta is full professor of Thermal Sciences in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Brescia University in Italy. His background and academic career are in nuclear and mechanical engineering, but he has a strong interest in the foundations of thermodynamics including quantum thermodynamics. In 1978 he joined the so-called Keenan school of Thermodynamics in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, where he got his PhD in 1981. He is a respected member of the engineering community, elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechnical Engineers for his contributions to the development of the foundations and applications of thermodynamics, testified also by the recent reprint by Dover of the very innovative and rigorous treatease "Thermodynamics. Foundations and Applications" he coauthored when he was an Assistant Professor at MIT between 1981 and 1986. He heads the Thermal and Fluid Sciences group in Brescia. His current research involvement is in nonequilibrium thermodynamics, quantum thermodynamics, the maximum entropy production principle, liquid-liquid spinodal decomposition and the diffuse interface model, cross effects of Onsager type.

His main scientific contributions include: a fundamentally based description for flame propagation in spark-ignition engines; a respected outlook on world energy consumption, resources and sustainable solutions; the invention of a nonlinear equation containing the Schroedinger equation of quantum physics as a special case and implementing the realm of steepest entropy ascent dynamics in the domain of quantum thermodynamics of irreversible processes.


Fernando Bresme

Fernando Bresme is Reader in Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London. He received his PhD from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in the field of condensed matter. After postdoctoral stays at the University of Bangor and Imperial College London he was appointed to a Lectureship in Chemistry and Mathematics at Imperial College (2000). He has been visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute of intelligent systems ­ Stuttgart, Germany (2006)- and Guest Scientist at the Centre for Advanced Studies, Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters (2007-2008). He was awarded the 2008 McBain medal in Colloid and Interface Science for his research on the theory and simulation of interfacial systems and from October 2011 he will become "EPSRC Leadership Fellow" at Imperial College, where he will be leading a multidisciplinary group to investigate transport processes at nanoscale interfaces.

Fernando Bresme's research focuses on soft condensed matter, particularly on the investigation of the structure and dynamics of complex interfaces. His current work encompasses equilibrium and non equilibrium studies of nanomaterial and biomolecule interfaces.


Pietro Cicuta

Pietro Cicuta studied Physics in Milan. He obtained his PhD in Physics from Cambridge University in 2003, and has been a Lecturer there since 2006. His interests include various aspects of soft matter and biological physics. Building on doctoral work focused on the rheology of liquid interfaces, he has developed optical and image analysis tools to study biological membranes and cells. In recent work with optical traps he has studied the response of red blood cells to strain, and colloidal models of beating cilia that interact through fluid flow. With a more biological emphasis, he is also now exploring mechanisms of parasitic invasion of cells, and the role of DNA packing on regulating gene expression in bacteria.


Gerald Fuller

Gerald Fuller is the Fletcher-Jones Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1980 following receipt of his PhD from Caltech. His research interests in rheology include optical rheometry, interfacial rheometry, and extensional rheometry. His work in the field has been acknowledged through several awards, including the Bingham Award of The Society of Rheology. He has served as President of The Society of Rheology and is the current President of the International Committee on Rheology. His is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.



Jens Harting

Jens Harting leads research groups at the Department of Applied Physics in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and the Institute for Computational Physics in Stuttgart, Germany. His research focuses on the application and development of mesoscopic simulation methods for problems occurring in microfluidics and soft matter physics. Of particular interest are fluid-surface interactions and colloidal suspensions - with a strong connection to experiments and applications.



Signe Kjelstrup



Ph.D., D.Sc. Volodymyr I. Kovalchuk


1976-1981       Study of Physics at the University of Kyiv (Kiev), Diploma

1993    Ph.D. at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, in Moscow

1997    DAAD fellow at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany

2007    Doctor of Sciences at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Ukraine in Kyiv

2010    DVFS fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering at the Loughborough

            University, UK


1981-1997       Institute of Colloid Chemistry and Chemistry of Water, NAS of Ukraine: Engineer, Junior scientist and Scientist

1998-1999       Potsdam University, Institute of Physics, Germany:  Postdoctoral research

1997-2003       Institute of Biocolloid Chemistry, NAS of Ukraine:  Senior researcher

since 2004       Institute of Biocolloid Chemistry, NAS of Ukraine:  Head of department

Scientific fields of interest

Physicochemical hydrodynamics, dynamics and mechanics of liquid interfaces and capillary systems, interfacial interactions and 2D rheology, theoretical electrochemistry of membranes and colloids.


65 papers in referenced journals

13 chapters in books

about 10 contributions to proceedings books


Libero Liggieri 

Libero Liggieri works as Senior Researcher at CNR-Istituto per l’Energetica e le Interfasi (CNR-IENI) in Genova (Italy). He is appointed as Head of the Research Unit “Liquid Interfaces and Surfactant Adsorption” and as deputy Director in charge of the IENI Department in Genova.

He has an education background in Physics. Since 1988, when he entered in staff at CNR, he has been active in the field of the physical-chemistry of liquid interfaces and particularly on modelling and experimental investigation of surface-active species adsorption at liquid interfaces. More specifically his research focus on transport and dynamic processes related to adsorption, surface rheology, surfactants at solid-liquid interfaces and wetting, particles at liquid interfaces, development of tensiometric and surface rheology techniques, applications to emulsions, foams and materials.

Investigation of liquid interfaces in microgravity conditions represents a particularity of his work. In this specific subject, from 2003 he is the Coordinator of the international project “Fundamental and Applied Studies in Emulsion Stability-FASES”, supported by the European Space Agency and aimed at the development of instrumentation and experiments on emulsions and liquid interfaces for the International Space Station.

He is author or co-author of more than 120 articles and editorials in international journals and book chapters, of about 200 posters and lectures at international conferences and of 18 invited lectures.

He co-edited 4 special issues of scientific journals and he is co-editor of the Book Series “Progress in Colloid and Interfaces Science” (Brill-Leiden) and of the 2 volumes published so far in the series.

He has been member of the Scientific and Organising Committees of several international conferences in the field of interfaces, foams and microgravity research and he is member of the Editorial Board of “Advances in Colloid and Interface Sciences and of “Current opinions in Colloid and Interface Science”. For the latter he co-edited a recent issue on Surface Analysis Techniques.


Sergey Lishchuk

Sergey Lishchuk obtained PhD in theoretical physics in 1997 at Odessa State University, Ukraine. After that he worked at research positions at Odessa State University (Odessa, Ukraine), University of Agricultural Studies (Vienna, Austria), Rice University (Houston, USA), University of Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany) and Sheffield Hallam University (Sheffield, UK). Currently he is a Research Fellow at School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds.

His main research interest is structure and dynamics of fluids and soft materials, such as polymers, colloids, liquid crystals, glass-forming liquids. His current research project at Leeds is focused upon investigation of the influence of architectural polydispersity of random copolymers on colloidal stability.


Reinhard Miller


1969-1973       Study of Mathematics at the University of Rostock, Diploma

1976-1978       Postgraduate Study "Colloid Science" at the Technical University Dresden

March 1978     PhD at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin

1988                Habilitation (Dr. habil.) at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin

1992                "facultas docendi" at the Technical University of Dresden


1973-1990       scientific co-worker at Central Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin

1990-1991       Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada at the University of Toronto with A.W. Neumann

since 1992       Group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam/Golm (before in Berlin-Adlershof)

Scientific fields of interest

Dynamics and mechanics of liquid interfaces, thermodynamics of adsorption of surfactants and proteins, interfacial interactions and 2D rheology, stability of foams and emulsions


about 430 papers in referenced journals

about 30 chapters in books

about 40 contributions to proceedings books

23 books volumes edited for the series "Studies in Interface Science"

2 books volumes edited for the series “Progress in Colloid and Interface Science”


Hans Christian Öttinger


Hans Christian Öttinger has been full Professor of Polymer Physics in the

Institute of Polymers at the ETH Zurich since August 1, 1996. He was previously assistant professor of theoretical polymer physics. He has served several terms as the Head of the Institute of Polymers and one term as the Chairman of the Department of Materials. His main interest is in the behavior of complex fluids.


Hans Christian Öttinger was born in 1958 and studied physics at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. He obtained his diploma in quantum field theory in 1981 and earned his doctorate in 1983 with a dissertation on materials with spatially modulated magnetic structures. Following a postdoc period at the Chemical Engineering Department and Rheology Research Center of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA, he returned to the University of Freiburg, where he completed his habilitation in the field of theoretical physics in 1988. Since 1989 he has worked in the Department of Materials Science at the ETH Zurich.


In his work Hans Christian Öttinger examines the flow behavior of polymer melts and solutions based on a molecular understanding of these prototypes for complex fluids. A wide spectrum of problems must be dealt with: the theoretical fundamentals of nonequilibrium systems, the kinetic theory of polymer fluids, continuum mechanics, rheology, applied mathematics, as well as fluid dynamics and the simulation of polymer processing. More recent interests include nonequilibrium thermodynamics of systems with interfaces, quantum dissipation, and quantum field theory.



Miguel Rubi

Dr. Miguel Rubi is Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at UB since 1988. He graduated in Physics from UAB and obtained a PhD in Physics with Summa Cum Laude. In 1981, he was a postdoc at the University of Leiden. In 1988, he founded a group on Statistical Physics in the UB. He has been Director of the Departament de Fisica Fonamental of the UB, Manager of the Physics Program of MICINN and National Representative of EU Programs. Since 1996, he is Director of the Sitges Conference on Statistical Physics. In 2003, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awarded him a von Humboldt Prize for his contributions to the theory of stochastic processes. In 2003, the University of Trondheim awarded him the Onsager Medal for his contributions to non-equilibrium thermodynamics. In 2008, he obtained from MICINN an I3 Research Intensification Award. In 2010, he was awarded an ICREA Academia prize from Generalitat of Catalonia. He has been appointed Honorary Professor at the Universities of Trondheim and UAM, UNAM and San Luis of Mexico. He is author of more than two hundred research articles and editor of six books.

Research interest

The current research of Professor Rubi is centered on the study of non-equilibrium phenomena at the nanoscale, their basic principles and interdisciplinary applications in biology and nano-science. He is particularly interested in how molecular motors induce vesicle migration for exocytosis in a serotonergic neuron, how nanomotors may be driven by a temperature gradient, how heat is transferred in protein-water interfaces, how particles moves through ion channels and what are the energy pathways in small-size systems such as bio-molecules, nano-clusters and molecular motors.


Thijs J.H. Vlugt

Thijs J.H. Vlugt is full professor and chair Engineering Thermodynamics at Delft University of Technology since November 2010. He obtained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam with Prof. B. Smit and Prof. R. Krishna as thesis advisors.

After postdoctoral research in Mainz and Leiden he was appointed assistant professor at Utrecht University in 2003. In 2007 he moved to Delft as associate professor and he became full professor in 2010. He is mainly interested in obtaining understanding of macroscopic/mesoscopic thermodynamics and transport phenomena by molecular simulation and molecular thermodynamics.


Andrei Zvelindovsky

Andrei Zvelindovsky obtained his PhD in 1993 from Odessa National University in Ukraine, and continued there on research and academic posts. In 1997-1999 he worked at the University of Groningen and in 2000-2004 - at Leiden University in the Netherlands. In 2004 he moved to the University of Central Lancashire in UK, where he is now a full professor of Computational and Theoretical Physics.

Andrei's interests are in the broad area of computer simulation and theory of Soft and Active Matter.

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