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Prof. Borkovec

Prof. 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.

Dr. Gerald Brezesinski

Dr. Gerald Brezesinski is a senior scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and a lecturer (physical chemistry of interfaces) at the University of Potsdam. The main research topics of his group focus on structure-function relationships in complex monolayers at the liquid/gas interface. Especially the behavior of peptides at modified soft interfaces is studied with different methods ranging from IR spectroscopy to X-ray scattering.

Prof. Martien Cohen Stuart

Prof. Martien Cohen Stuart is heading the Chair of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science at Wageningen University. In 2007 he was awarded the Ostwald Medal of the German Kolloid Gesellschaft in recognition of his seminal work on polymers in colloidal systems and self-assembly. His interests cover a wide spectrum, from statics and dynamics of macromolecules, interfaces, wetting, phase behaviour, self-assembly, networks and gels, emulsions and coalescence, and the physics of macromolecules in living cells. He is editor of the European Physical Journal E (Soft Matter).

Dr. Thomas Gutberlet

Dr. Thomas Gutberlet is a senior research scientist at the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) at the german neutron facility FRM-II at Munich-Garching. Before joining JCNS he has been responsible for the neutron reflectometer AMOR at the swiss neutron source SINQ at Paul Scherrer Institut, a dedicated instrument to any interested scientist who needs neutrons at interfaces in his research. His scientific interests are centered around the investigation of biological model membrane systems by scattering and diffraction methods and the adsorption of biomolecules at interfaces. Questions as the phase transitions in phospholipid systems, hydration of lipid bilayers, interaction of peptides and proteins with membranes and interfaces and adsorption and self-assembly of phospholipids at various interfaces are investigated using neutron reflectometry, small angle neutron scattering and diffraction

Prof. Hillman

Prof. Hillman is heading the Department of Chemistry of the University of Leicester. He is also the Dean of the Faculty of Science. His research focuses on interfaces and electrochemistry. Innumerable natural processes – from biology to corrosion - take place at interfaces. Interfacial properties are also widely exploited in man-made devices as diverse as sensors, optical displays and lightweight batteries. The ability to understand the relationships between interfacial composition, structure and properties is central to our appreciation of these processes and applications.

Dr Patrick Koelsch

Dr. Patrick Koelsch is heading the optical spectroscopy group at the chair of Applied Physical Chemistry of the University of Heidelberg. His research focuses on biointerphases with special emphases on smart self-assembled monolayers, biomolecules, cells and aqueous ions at interfaces.

Dr. Ingo Köper

Dr. Ingo Köper is a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute of Polymer research in Mainz. His work focuses on bio-functional surfaces, ion channels and single-channel recordings.

Dr. Ger J. M. Koper

Dr. Ger J. M. Koper is associate professor at DelftChemTech, the chemical engineering department of the Delft University of Technology. He is guest researcher at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry of the Leiden University. 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.

Dr. Dominique Langevin

Dr. Dominique Langevin is CNRS research fellow at the University Paris-Sud. The research of her group focuses on static and dynamic properties of soluble and insoluble monolayers at the air-water interface (surfactants, polymers, nanoparticles). She tries to use this knowledge for the understanding of foams and emulsions properties.

Dr. Hubert Motschmann

Dr. Hubert Motschmann is a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and a lecturer at the University of Potsdam. A major focus in the work of his group is understanding the structure and the self-organization of molecules at interfaces and the impact of interfaces on bulk properties of adjacent phases. This knowledge is utilized for the design of novel structures with specific function. His experimental expertise are linear and nonlinear optical techniques.

Dr. Georg Papastavrou

Dr. Georg Papastavrou is lecturer at the University of Geneva. His research focuses on the interaction forces between colloidal surfaces. The main interest is to understand how these interaction forces depend on adsorption of polyelectrolytes, defined surface modifications or external electrochemical control. Atomic Force Microscopy, either for imaging or for direct force measurements, is one of the major tools in his research.

Prof. Adrian Rennie

Prof. Adrian Rennie is co-chair of Materials Physics at Uppsala University, Sweden where he leads a research group working on Soft Matter and Interfaces. He graduated with a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, UK and has worked in Germany, France, Sweden and the UK in a variety of positions including director of the Studsvik Neutron Research Laboratory. His work has involved extensive use of reflection techniques to study interfaces. Recent studies involve surfactants, insoluble monolayers and polymers at liquid and solid interfaces.