My field of research is the physics of soft matter, the physics of coulomb fluids, macromolecular interactions and in particular the Lifshitz theory of dispersion interaction, the physics of membranes, polymers and polyelectrolytes and especially the physics of DNA. More.


I am the head of the research program Biophysics of polymers, membranes, gels, colloids and cells, financially supported by the Slovene Agency for Research and Development. More.



In 1999 I was awarded the highest prize for scientific excellence in Slovenia, the Zois award. More


I also teach at the Physics Department, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana. More


Rudi Podgornik Research Page

Institut "Jožef Stefan", Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija, Telefon: (01) 477 39 00, Faks.: (01) 251 93 85

Snailmail contact:

IJS, Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Phone: (+386 1) 476 6530

FAX: (+386 1) 477 3716

Email Rudolf Podgornik: Email.

My current PhD and PostDoc students:

Nataša Adžić

Start September 2012

                        Bing-Sui Lu

                        Start October 2014

Would you like to apply? Email.


Curriculum vitae


My most recent papers:

Jay Eifler, Rudi Podgornik, Nicole Steinmetz, Roger French, Adrian Parsegian, Wai-Yim Ching, Charge distribution and hydrogen bonding of a collagen α2-chain in dry, hydrated and protonated/deprotonated structural models, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry (2016) 116, 681–691.

V. Démery, R. Monsarrat, D. S. Dean and R. Podgornik,  Phase diagram of a bulk 1d lattice Coulomb gas, EPL 113 18008 (2016).

T. Markovich, D. Andelman, R. Podgornik, Charge regulation: a generalized boundary condition? EPL, 113 (2016) 26004.

T. Markovich, D. Andelman, R. Podgornik, Charged Membranes: Poisson-Boltzmann theory, DLVO paradigm and beyond, Chapter 9 in: Handbook of Lipid Membranes, ed. by C. Safynia and J. Raedler, Taylor & Francis (2016). E (2015).

Complete bibliography

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