People

Coordination  |  Management  |  Participating Researchers  |  PhD Students

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Coordination

 

Dr. Sofia Kantorovich

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Computational Physics
Faculty of Physics
University of Vienna
Sensengasse 8/18
A-1090 Wien, Austria

Tel: +431427773271
Fax: +43142779732
Email: sofia.kantorovich[at]univie.ac.at

 

Management

 

Renate Zechner, MScrzechner_300x300

Faculty of Physics
University of Vienna
Sensengasse 8/18
A-1090 Wien, Austria

Email: renate.zechner[at]univie.ac.at

 

Participating Researchers

 

Prof. Christos Likos

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Faculty of Physics
University of Vienna
Sensengasse 8/15
A-1090 Wien, Austria

Tel: +431427773230
Fax: +431427773239
Email: christos.likos[at]univie.ac.at

 

Dr. Marcello Sega

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Computational Physics
Sensengasse 8/10
A-1090 Wien, Austria

Tel: +431427752714
Email: marcello.sega[at]univie.ac.at

 

Dr. Erika Eiser

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Optoelectronics Group
Cavendish Laboratory
University of Cambridge
JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 0HE
UK

Tel: +441223337263
Email: ee247[at]cam.ac.uk

 

Dr. Jure Dobnikar

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The University Chemical Laboratory
Lensfield Road
Cambridge, CB2 1EW
UK

Tel: +441223763874
Email: jd489[at]cam.ac.uk

 

Prof. Daan Frenkel

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Department of Chemistry
Lensfield Road
Cambridge, CB2 1EW
UK

Tel: +441223336377
Email: df246[at]cam.ac.uk

 

Dr. Paul Clegg

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School of Physics & Astronomy
Room 2614, JCMB
The Kings Buildings
University of Edinburgh
Mayfield Road
Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ
UK

Tel: +441316505295
Fax: +441316505902
Email: paul.clegg[at]ed.ac.uk

 

Dr. Davide Marenduzzo

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School of Physics & Astronomy
Room 2506, JCMB
The Kings Buildings
University of Edinburgh
Mayfield Road
Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ
UK

Tel: +441316505289
Email: dmarendu[at]ph.ed.ac.uk

 

Dr. Primoz Ziherl

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J. Stefan Institute
Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Tel: +38614773613
Email: primoz.ziherl[at]ijs.si

 

Prof. Francesco Sciortino

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Dipartimento di Fisica
Universita’ di Roma “La Sapienza”
P.le A. Moro 2
Office # 105 (Edificio Fermi)
Roma, Italy, I-00185

Tel: +39064993799
Fax: +39064463158
Email: francesco.sciortino[at]phys.uniroma1.it

 

Dr. Emanuela Zaccarelli

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CNR-ISC and Dipartimento di Fisica
Universita’ di Roma “La Sapienza”
P.le A. Moro 2
Roma, Italy, I-00185

Tel: +390649913524
Fax: +39064463158
Email: emanuela.zaccarelli[at]phys.uniroma1.it

 

Dr. Michel Cloitre

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Matière Molle et Chimie
ESPCI ParisTech
10, rue Vauquelin
75231 Paris Cedex 05
France

Tel: +33140795115
Email: michel.cloitre[at]espci.fr

 

Prof. Dimitris Vlassopoulos

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Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser
Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas
GR-711 10 Heraklion, Greece

Tel: +302810391469
Fax: +302810391305
Email: dvlasso[at]iesl.forth.gr

 

Dr. Benoit Loppinet


Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser
Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas
GR-711 10 Heraklion, Greece

Tel: +302810391465
Fax: +302810391305
Email: benoit[at]iesl.forth.gr

 

Dr. William Frith

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Unilever R&D Colworth
Colworth Science Park
Sharnbrook
Bedfordshire, MK44 1LQ
UK

Tel: +441234222574
Fax: +441234222152
Email: bill.frith[at]unilever.com

 

Dr. Pierre Guillot

Laboratoire du Futur
178, avenue du Dr Schweitzer
F-33608 Pessac
France

Tel: +33556464719
Email: pierre.guillot[at]solvay.com

 

Dr. Hugues Bodiguel

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Laboratoire du Futur
178, avenue du Dr Schweitzer
F-33608 Pessac
France

Tel: +33556464716
Email: hugues.bodiguel[at]u-bordeaux.fr

 

PhD Students

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Michela Ronti

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University of Vienna
Supervisor: Dr. Sofia Kantorovich

“My research interests are in the field of soft condensed matter and self assembly. I investigate complex fluids through computer simulations and theoretical approaches. I have just started to work for my COLLDENSE PhD project in Vienna in the group of Computational Physics of Sofia Kantorovich. I will study low temperature structural transitions in dipolar hard spheres, combining direct analytical theoretical calculations and grand-canonical Monte Carlo simulations.
I graduated in Rome at ‘Sapienza’ University under the supervision of Emanuela Zaccarelli. Here you can find a poster about my thesis project presented at the Soft Matter Self-Assembly Summer School in Varenna. Read my CV here and visit my Research Gate profile.”

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Diego Jaramillo

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University of Vienna
Supervisor: Prof. Christos Likos

“I graduated with a Degree in Physics from Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas (Colombia) with a thesis on chaotic systems. I made a Magister in Science in Physics in Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), where I developed a work of CALCULATION OF THE DISTRIBUTION OF WIDE TERRACE AND POTENTIAL OF INTERACTION OF TSK MODEL FROM EQUIVALENT SYSTEM OF CLASSIC PARTICLES. My research interests are Telechelic Star Polymers (TSP’s), which are hybrid materials at the microscopic scale, since they feature competing interactions between their blocks: the inner monomers are repulsive and the end- monomers attractive. I am especially interested in the rheological properties of pure telechelic star-polymer solutions, because the system is new and highly promising, since TSP’s have been shown to self-organize into a large variety of structures, including networks and living worm-like micelles.
Read my CV here and visit my Research Gate profile.”

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Andrei Bazarenko

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University of Vienna
Supervisor: Dr. Marcello Sega

“I graduated from the Southern Federal University under the supervision of Natalya Petrovskaya with a thesis on the fluid flow regimes in an annulus. The main target of my COLLDENSE PhD project is to study single and multi-droplet systems dynamics out of equilibrium in the presence of different surfactants, aimed at the identification of the combinations of parameters, which lead to desirable rheological properties. To do so I will be using a novel approach to understand the role of surfactant topology and electrostatic features in determining the dynamical properties of single droplets and emulsions.”

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Alessio Caciagli

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University of Cambridge
Supervisor: Dr. Erika Eiser

“I graduated in Physics (MSc course in Nanomaterials) from Utrecht University , with a thesis on magnetic separation of colloidal nanoparticles (a model approach) under the supervision of Albert Philipse. My research interests lie in the broad field of soft condensed matter physics, and in particular in DNA nanotechnology. As a PhD COLLDENSE student, I will investigate the movement of DNA functionalized droplets (liquid or gel) on a soft substrate: the particle motion will be directed using light as an external field. The setup offers a promising novel type of microfluidic device. I will design my colloidal systems experimentally, working under the supervision of Erika Eiser.”

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Alexander Cumberworth

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University of Cambridge
Supervisor: Prof. Daan Frenkel

“My research interests revolve around molecular modeling and simulation. I currently work under the supervision of Daan Frenkel at the University of Cambridge, where I study DNA nanotechnology. Specifically, I am attempting to create a model of DNA origami, a method for folding DNA into a desired 2- or 3D-structure that has promising applications in both the medical and non-medical technology industries. I previously examined implicit solvent models for protein systems under the supervision of Joerg Gsponer at the University of British Columbia, where I also completed a BSc in chemistry and biochemistry and a MSc in genome science and technology.”

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Javier Otero Marquez

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University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: Dr. Paul Clegg

“I completed my physics degree and a masters in new materials at the University of Cantabria, working in different projects as characterization of iron particles and chemical modification of carbon nanotubes.
My work will consist of studying the details at a micrometer scale of the sprouting of tubes from water droplets when injected into a mix of toluene, ethanol and silica particles. I will do so using a variety of microscopy and imaging techniques. Another aspect to take into account is the interaction between colloidal particles, which by tuning it could reveal new phenomena.”

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Martina Foglino


University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: Dr. Davide Marenduzzo

“I graduated in Physics from University of Padua (Italy), with a master thesis involving the analytical and numerical study of the Single File Diffusion process, under the supervision of Prof. E. Orlandini and Dott. F. Baldovin. As a COLLDENSE PhD student, my research will be focused on Lattice Boltzmann simulations of liquid crystalline emulsions or general droplets suspensions. In this project I will use computer simulations in order to investigate the phase behaviour of such emulsions and their dynamics under external fields, supervised by Prof. D. Marenduzzo at the University of Edinburgh.”

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Andreas Doukas

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J. Stefan Institute
Supervisor: Dr. Primoz Ziherl

“I received my MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Patras in Greece, where I specialized in physical processes and energy optimization. As a member of COLLDENSE, I theoretically study dense suspensions of nanocolloidal particles such as diblock copolymer and dendrimer micelles. To investigate the mechanical properties and stability of ordered structures in these suspensions, I use a coarse-grained model where the particles are represented by compressible liquid drops. My PhD project is expected to provide a theoretical interpretation for the experimentally observed lattices, some of which are quite unusual, and give a better understanding of the liquid drop model that I use.”

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Javier Fernández Castañón

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Universita’ di Roma “La Sapienza”
Supervisor: Prof. Francesco Sciortino

“I completed my Degree in Physics between the University of Oviedo & the University of Salamanca. I have worked at facilities such as DESY (Germany), ISIS neutron source (UK) & Insitut Laue Langevin (France). My COLLDENSE research will focus on experimental design of a material that, without the necessity of a first order phase transition, will reversibly gel upon heating, passing from a fluid to a gel & again to a fluid by varying temperature, & the study of its structural & dynamical properties. DNA is known to be a promising candidate thanks to its ability to self-assemble in a large array of desired configurations. As this unprecedented behaviour has only been studied in theoretical simulations, we expect our research to contribute to the future of the story of DNA nanotechnology with promising applications in drug delivery & molecular computing science.”

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José Manuel Ruiz

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Universita’ di Roma “La Sapienza”
Supervisor: Dr. Emanuela Zaccarelli

“As a COLLDENSE PhD student, my research work will be mainly based on the investigation of simple models for gel-forming systems with numerical simulations. It will use different models for gel formation that allow us to elucidate the role of the anisotropic of the particle shape and/or of the effective interactions. The system will be subjected to shear using different protocols, such as small amplitude oscillatory shear or steady shear.
I graduated at University of Granada, where I studied Physics and after, I studied a Masters in Physic and Mathematics (FisyMat) under the supervision of Miguel Á. Muñoz, with whom I have investigated Random Boolean Networks in the computational framework.”

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Maddalena Mattiello

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ESPCI ParisTech
Supervisor: Dr. Michel Cloitre

“For my research, I am interested to understand how the physical properties of different types of concentrated colloidal suspensions change when attractive interactions among particles are introduced. I will do this through an experimental approach, based mainly on micro and macro rheology. This project is being carried out at ESPCI, in Paris, in the group of Michel Cloitre. I am a Chemical Engineer and I graduated at Università di Napoli ‘Federico II’ under the supervision of Pier Luca Maffettone and Rossana Pasquino, with a thesis on the physical properties of colloidal systems used as laundry detergents.”

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Léo Gury

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Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas
Supervisor: Prof. Dimitris Vlassopoulos

“During my PhD, which began in July 2015, I will focus on the experimental study of diverse types of soft colloids through light scattering and rheology experiments. My aim is to study concentrated solutions of colloids of different softness to investigate the glass-to-jamming transition. I will have the opportunity to work under the supervision of Prof. Vlassopoulos at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) in Crete. In the past, I have worked with Dr. Michel Cloitre at ESPCI (Paris) on the structure and dynamics of bottle-brush polymer solutions. I also spent a year at Imperial College London working on greener, cheaper solar cell materials.”

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Daniele Parisi

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Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas
Supervisor: Dr. Benoit Loppinet

“My research work is mainly based on the rheology of dense soft deformable colloids. As a COLLDENSE PhD student, the goal I want to meet is the investigation of the role of softness in the morphology of colloid-polymer mixtures. Experiments will be carried out with different sized ratios and volume fractions of linear polymers. Temperature effects will also be taken into account. Additional attention will be paid to the repulsive- glass to liquid to re-entrant solid transition. This work has begun at FORTH under the supervision of Dr. Loppinet and Prof. Vlassopoulos. I graduated at the University of Palermo in Chemical Engineering and here you can find a poster regarding my final report, which I also presented at the first COLLDENSE event in Varenna.”

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Marion Roullet

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Unilever R&D Colworth
Supervisor: Dr. William Frith

“My work is focused on the protein stabilised emulsions and protein gels for food applications (particularly ice-cream). The aim is to study experimentally these materials and make a comparison with the widely studied Pickering emulsions (that are stabilised by particles) and particle gels. I am mainly based at Unilever R&D center in Colworth (UK), under the supervision of Dr. William Frith, but I also work in collaboration with Dr. Paul Clegg at the University of Edinburgh. I graduated from ESPCI ParisTech (France), where I studied Physical Chemistry, and also did an exchange year in the MSc of Materials Engineering of Politecnico di Milano (Italy).”

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Swati Kaushik

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Laboratoire du Futur
Supervisor: Dr. Pierre Guillot

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