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 and former PhD and PostDoc students:

Luca Tubiana

Start October 2012

Daniel Svenšek

Start June 2005


Nataša Adžić

Start September 2012

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Curriculum vitae


My four most recent papers:


Tomer Markovich, David Andelman, Rudi Podgornik, Surface Tension of Electrolyte Solutions: A Self-consistent Theory, Europhhys. Letts (2014).

Karimi Pour Haddadan, Fahimeh; Naji, Ali; Shirzadiani, Nafiseh; Podgornik, Rudolf, Fluctuation-induced interactions in nematics with disordered anchoring energy, JPCM (2014).

Rikkert J. Nap, Anže Lošdorfer Božič, Igal Szleifer, and Rudolf Podgornik, The role of solution conditions in the bacteriophage PP7 capsid charge regulation, Biophys. J. (2014).

Yingfang Ma, Diana M. Acosta, Rudolf Podgornik, Nicole F. Steinmetz, Roger H. French, V. Adrian Parsegian, Determination of the Second Virial Coefficient of Bovine Serum Albumin Under Varying pH and Ionic Strength by Composition-Gradient Multi-Angle Light Scattering, J. Biol. Phys. (2014).

Complete bibliography


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