Lecturers

Prof. Debora Berti is Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Florence and CSGI member since its foundation. At Florence she teaches Applied Thermodynamics (BSc Chemistry) and Physical Chemistry of Nanosystems (MsC in Chemical Sciences). She leads the "Biophysical Soft Matter Group" at CSGI-Florence. Her research topics include: lipid self-assembly, hybrid nanoparticle/lipid assemblies for responsive drug delivery, interaction of nanostructured assemblies with model membranes, nanostructured fluids for the conservation of Cultural Heritage. In particular she investigates the removal of aged polymer coatings from surfaces of interest for Art Conservation. More...

Prof. Michal Borkovec is heading the Laboratory of Colloid and Surface Chemistry at the University of Geneva. His research focuses on colloidal and polymeric systems. Topics of particular interest include investigation of aggregation phenomena of colloidal particles, binding of protons and metal ions by polyelectrolytes, and adsorption of polyelectrolytes on colloidal particles or surfaces. Interactions in systems involving solid/liquid interfaces and/or polyelectrolytes are being studied using state-of-the-art experimental techniques; particularly, light and neutron scattering, reflectometry, scanning probe. More...

Dr. Jean Daillant Jean Daillant is an experimental physicist (soft-condensed matter). He is presently the director of the SOLEIL synchrotron near Paris. He was previously the head of Interdisciplinary Laboratory on Supramolecular Nanoscale Organization (LIONS), a joint laboratory of CEA and CNRS from 2004 to 2011. His work focuses on fluids and soft matter interfaces, membranes and thin films, electrolytes, polymers and copolymers at interfaces, wetting phenomena, using in particular synchrotron and neutron scattering. He has in particular developed grazing incidence x-ray scattering methods using synchrotron radiation and atomic force microscopy to study liquid interfaces. More...

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 Forschungszentrum Jülich, 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. 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 ...

Dr. Francesca Ravera is senior researcher at CNR-Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry and Technologies for Energy (ICMATE) in Genoa, Italy. Her main scientific interests are in the field of physical chemistry of liquid interfaces, adsorption of surfactants and interfacial rheology. Her current research focuses on mixed adsorption layers and nanoparticles at liquid interfaces, experimental methods and modelling for adsorption dynamics and interfacial rheology, interactions between nanomaterials and bio-molecule model monolayers, particle-stabilized foams and emulsions, solid foams. More ...

Prof. Piotr Warszyński leads the group of Nanostructures of Soft Matter. His main interests are molecular mechanism and thermodynamic description of adsorption and self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules at interfaces. Theoretical modeling of adsorption processes and its experimental verification; adsorption of polyelectrolytes; Multilayer polyelectrolyte films, nanostructured coatings, encapsulation of active species; theoretical description of deposition of colloidal particles and microcapsules at solid/liquid interfaces; description of the electric double layer structure at interfaces; electrokinetic phenomena and adsorption of polyelectrolytes, nanoparticles and colloids and wetting phenomena; stability of thin foam and wetting films. More ...