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

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IJS, Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Phone: (+386 1) 476 6530

FAX: (+386 1) 477 3716

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Curriculum vitae


My most recent papers:

Saeed Najafi, Luca Tubiana, Rudolf Podgornik and Raffaello Potestio, Chirality modifies the interaction between knots, EPL, 114 (2016) 50007.

M.A. Aksoyoglu, R. Podgornik, S.M. Bezrukov, P.A. Gurnev, M. Muthukumar, V.A. Parsegian,  Size dependent forced PEG partitioning into channels: VDA, OmpC and Alpha-Haemolysin, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 113 9003-8 (2016).

Poudel, N.F. Steinmetz, R.H. French, V.A. Parsegian, R. Podgornik, Wai-Yim Ching, Implication of solvent effect, metal ions and topology in the electronic structure and hydrogen bonding of human telomeric G-quadruplex DNA, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 21573-21585 (2016).

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Bing-Sui Lu and Rudolf Podgornik, van der Waals torque and force between dielectrically anisotropic layered media, JCP  145, 044707-1 (2016).

Gonca Erdemci-Tandogan, Jef Wagner, Paul van der Schoot, Rudolf Podgornik, and Roya Zandi, Effects of RNA branching on the electrostatic stabilization of viruses, PHYSICAL REVIEW E 94, 022408 (2016).015

Kristina Serec, Sanja Dolanski Babic ́, Rudolf Podgornik and Silvia Tomic ́, Effect of magnesium ions on the structure of DNA thin films: an infrared spectroscopy study, Nucleic Acids Research (2016).

Saeed Najafi, Rudolf Podgornik, Raffaello Potestio and Luca Tubiana, Role of bending energy and knot chirality in knot distribution and their effective interaction along stretched semiflexible polymers, Polymers MDPI (2016).


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