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.
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.
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.
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.