University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Dirk Aarts 

Professor of Chemistry, Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory
Fellow of Christ Church

 Dirk Aarts graduated from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) in Chemistry and conducted his PhD research at the same institution, obtaining his degree in 2005 under the supervision of Prof H.N.W. Lekkerkerker. He subsequently moved to the Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale Supérieure as a Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellow working with Prof D. Bonn. He obtained a lecturership in 2007 and was made a professor in 2013 in the University of Oxford. He has been studying the behaviour of colloidal dispersions both experimentally and theoretically covering an wide range of topics, including diffusion in complex networks, phase and interface behaviour, wetting and hydrodynamic instabilities. 



Julia Yeomans

Professor of Physics, Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
Pauline Chan Fellow in Physics at St Hilda's College

Julia Yeomans studied Physics in the University of Oxford where she obtained her PhD. She has been awarded several prestigious awards and since 2013 she is a fellow of the Royal Society. She is distinguished for the development of novel numerical and analytical modelling tools to investigate a wide range of complex fluids. Yeomans' research, which combines her expertise in statistical physics with the power of modern computers, is multifaceted, covering self assembly at molecular and macroscopic levels, drops moving in microchannels and on superhydrophobic surfaces, the rheology of highly non-Newtonian fluids such as liquid crystals, and most recently, interactions between bacterial swimmers.

Roel Dullens

Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry, Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory 
Fellow of Lincoln College

Roel Dullens studied Chemistry in the University of Ultrecht (Netherlands) where he obtained his PhD in 2005, specializing in Physical and Colloid Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. W. Kegel. After his post-doc in the Van 't Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry, University of Utrecht, he won the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and moved to the Physikalisches Institut, University of Stuttgart. In 2007 he became University Lecturer in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Lincoln College. His scientific interests include synthesis and characterisation of colloidal model systems, laser tweezing and interfacial distortions. 


Jonathan Doye

Professor of Theoretical Chemistry in the Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory
Tutorial Fellow in Chemistry at The Queen's College

I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. After a year out doing voluntary work in Coventry, I returned to Cambridge to do a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry. Then, after two years as a post-doctoral researcher in Amsterdam, I returned to Cambridge as a research fellow. In 2006, I was appointed to a lectureship in theoretical chemistry at Oxford and a fellowship at Queen’s. In my research I typically use computer simulation techniques to probe simple models that capture the essential physics and chemistry of the system of interest. Applications span a diverse range of fields including clusters, polymer, protein and colloidal crystallization, supercooled liquids and the glass transition, complex networks, biological self-assembly, DNA and evolution.


Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Pavlik Lettinga

Researcher at the Institute of Complex Systems, Part-time Professor at the Department of Physics, KU Leuven (Soft Matter and Biophysics Group)

My research interest is to elucidate the relation between the structure of materials, the particles it is constituted of and its response to external fields. To achieve this goal, particles are used with tuneable features for which (in situ) observations on a single particle as well as ensemble level facilitates comparison with theory.
In this spirit, I have demonstrated a wealth of  new physical phenomena for rod-like viruses on the single particle level up to macroscopic rheological responses of worm-like micelles. Presently we are increasing complexity in a controlled way making use of biological materials, like F-actin, DNA and viruses, as building blocks together with  synthesized systems like colloidal platelets. We study in- and out of equilibrium structure formation of (combinations of) these systems with experimental techniques like ultra-fast confocal microscopy and Small Angle neutron and X-ray scattering.

Marisol Ripoll

Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics, Institute of Complex Physics

Marisol Ripoll studied Theoretical Physics in UCM (Spain) and did her PhD in between UNED (Spain) and Utrecht University (The Netherlands). She went to Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany) for a postdoctoral stay and got there the chance to lead a Young Investigators Group and become a scientific researcher. In her research she typically uses mesoscopic simulations to understand the properties and behaviour of soft matter systems like colloids, polymers or liquid crystals. Of special interest are hydrodynamic interactions, shear induced effects, microfluidics, thermophoresis, active matter, or synthetic micromachines.


Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUE), the Netherlands

Paul Van der Schoot

Professor, Department of Applied Physics

Paul P.A.M. van der Schoot is a soft matter theorist, working on the boundary between physics, chemistry, biology and nanoscience. He obtained his PhD with Prof. Odijk at TU Delft and held postdoctoral research positions at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, UK, the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces near Berlin, Germany, and the van’t Hoff Laboratory in Utrecht. Research themes include the application of statistical mechanical theory to synthetic and natural supramolecular assemblies, liquid crystals, interfacial phenomena, polymers and colloidal particles. Over the past ten years he spent time as visiting professor/scholar at universities and research institutes in Bordeaux, Los Angeles, Paris, Santa Barbara and Berlin.



Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) - Bordeaux, France


Eric Grelet

CNRS researcher (CR1)

My general field of interest is soft condensed matter, with a special emphasis on liquid crystals and self-organization of anisotropic colloids. I am currently working on the dynamics, the phase behavior and the functionalization of complex fluids with a particular interest for filamentous bacteriophages (fd and M13). I am also involved on the use of self-assembled discotic molecules as active layers in organic solar cells.


Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), Greece 

George Petekidis

Associate Professor, Head of Department, Department of Materials Science and Technology, University of Crete
Researcher at FORTH - IESL 

George Petekidis received his PhD in Polymer Physics in 1997 working on the "Dynamics of Hairy-rod polymers". After serving his military service he moved to the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Edinburgh with an individual Marie-Curie fellowship where he worked until 2002 under the supervision of Prof. P.N. Pusey on the "Dynamics of colloidal glasses under shear". In 2002 he joined FORTH initially with a return Marie-Curie fellowship and then as an Associated researcher (grade C). In 2006 he moved to the Department of Materials Science and Technology of University of Crete. His current research interests include experimental soft condensed matter physics with emphasis on colloidal systems, polymers and the interplay between crystallizations.


Maria Vamvakaki

Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Technology, University of Crete
Researcher at FORTH - IESL

Maria Vamvakaki received her PhD from the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK) in 1998, working under the supervision of Profs. S. P. Armes and N. C. Billingham. Shortly after, she joined the research group of Prof. C. S. Patrickios at the University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus) as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2001 she joined the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete (Heraklion, Greece) in which she is appointed an Associate Professor and leads the Materials Chemistry Lab. She is also an affiliated researcher at FO.R.T.H.-I.E.S.L. since 2003. Her current research interests include the synthesis of functional and stimuli-responsive polymeric and hybrid (organic-inorganic) materials and the self-assembly of macromolecules in solution and at a surface.



Teijin Aramid, the Netherlands

Erik Westerhof

R&D Scientist, Wet spinning

I am a scientist at Teijin Aramid in the field of High Performance fibers. These fibers are manufactured out of an anisotropic solution. My main research efforts concern understanding anisotropic solutions and their spinning properties. Thereto I investigate the processing of currently known high performance fibers as well as possible future new high performance fibers (i.e. Carbon nano tube fibers).


Unilever, the Netherlands

Krassimir Velikov

Team Leader and Science Leader, R&D Division
Part-time Professor, Soft Condensed Matter & Biophysics, Utrecht University

Krassimir P. Velikov studied chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Sofia (Bulgaria). In 1994, he obtained his M.Sc. degree in Chemical Physics and Theoretical Chemistry. In 1997, he obtained his second M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering. He started his PhD in 1998, working on syntheses and assembly of colloidal particles into photonic colloidal crystals with different unit cells and stoichiometries under the supervision of Prof. dr. Alfons van Blaaderen at both Colloidal Matter,FOM AMOLF (Amsterdam) and Soft Condensed Matter & Biophysics, University of Utrecht. Subsequently, after obtaining his PhD, he worked as Postdoctoral fellow at Utrecht University.



Canoe - Adera, France

Célia Mercader 

R&D Engineer

Célia MERCADER graduated from Bordeaux School of Physics and Chemistry in 2007. Then, she obtained her PhD in 2010,  on the continuous spinning of nanocomposite fibers: carbon nanotubes and polymer, under the supervision of Philippe Poulin at the CRPP. Since 2010, she is working as R&D enginner at CANOE platform with a great expertise on formulation, spinning technologies, textile and carbonization. CANOE is a scale-up facility pooiling platform focuses onto the development of innovative organic nanostructured composite and coating technologies.

Simon Jestin 

R&D Engineer

Simon Jestin, studied chemistry and material science at the Chemical Engineering School of Bordeaux (ENSCPB) and worked in the aeronautics industry during his studies. He entered the CNRS  (CRPP - Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal) as a Research Engineer to work on carbon nanotubes based composite fibers under the direction of Philippe Poulin. He works at CANOE for 3 years on fiber and thermoplastic polymers related materials and technologies.  Main research topics are nano-carbon, spinning technologies, carbon fibers, “smart” fibers. 



Nestlé, Switzerland
Deniz Gunes

Research Scientist at the Food Science & Technology Department
Nestlé Research Center