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:

T. Markovich, D. Andelman, R. Podgornik, Surface Tension of Acid Solutions: Fluctuations beyond the Non-linear Poisson-Boltzmann Theory, Langmuir (2016).

Lu, Bing-Sui; Gupta, Santosh; Belička, Michal; Podgornik, Rudi; Pabst, Georg, Modulation of elasticity and interactions in charged lipid multibilayers: monovalent salt solutions, Langmuir (2016).

Matej Kanducˇ,  Mohsen Moazzami-Gudarzi,  Valentina Valmacco, Rudolf Podgornik and Gregor Trefalt, Interactions between charged particles with bathing multivalent counterions: experiments vs. dressed ion theory, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 19, 10069-10080 (2017).

Lokendra Poudel, Reidun Twarock, Nicole F. Steinmetz, Rudolf Podgornik, and Wai-Yim Ching, Impact of Hydrogen Bonding in the Binding Site between Capsid Protein and MS2 Bacteriophage ssRNA, J. Phys. Chem. B (2017) DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b02569.

Lokendra Poudel, Rudolf Podgornik, and Wai-Yim Ching, The Hydration Effect and Selectivity of Alkali Metal Ions on Poly(ethylene glycol) Models in Cyclic and Linear Topology, J. Phys. Chem. A (2017) DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b04061.

R. Blossey, A.C. Maggs and R. Podgornik, Structural interactions in ionic liquids linked to higher-order Poisson-Boltzmann equations, Phys. Rev. E (Rapid communications) (2017).

Julija Zavadlav, Rudolf Podgornik & Matej Praprotnik, Order and interactions in DNA arrays: Multiscale molecular dynamics simulation, Sci. Reps. (2017).

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