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:

B.-S. Lu, D. S. Dean and R. Podgornik, Out of equilibrium thermal Casimir effect between Brownian conducting plates, EPL, 112 (2015) 20001.

Malihe Ghodrat, Ali Naji, Haniyeh Komaie-Moghaddam, and Rudolf Podgornik, Ion-mediated interactions between net-neutral slabs: Weak and strong disorder effects, JCP 143, 234701 (2015).

Jalal Sarabadani, Badrosadat Ojaghi Dogahe, Rudolf Podgornik, Repulsive Casimir interaction: Boyer oscillators at nanoscale, EPL, 112 (2015) 41001.

Trinh X. Hoang, Hoa Lan Trinh, Achille Giacometti, Rudolf Podgornik, Jayanth R. Banavar, and Amos Maritan, Phase diagram of the ground states of DNA condensates, Phys. Rev. E (2015).

Complete bibliography

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