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 four most recent papers:

Malihe Ghodrat, Ali Naji, Haniyeh Komaie-Moghaddam, and Rudolf Podgornik, Strong coupling electrostatics for randomly charged surfaces: Antifragility and effective interactions, Soft Matter (2015).

Amy M. Wen, Rudolf Podgornik, Giuseppe Strangi, Nicole F. Steinmetz, Photonics and plasmonics go viral: self-assembly of hierarchical metamaterials, Rendiconti Lincei - Scienze Fisiche e Naturali (2015).

Roger H. French, Rudolf Podgornik, Timothy J. Peshek, Laura S. Bruckman, Yifan Xu, Nicholas R. Wheeler, Abdulkerim Gok, Yang Hua, Mohammad A. Hossain, Devin A. Gordon, Pei Zhao, Jiayang Sun, Guo-Qiang Zhang, Degradation Science: Mesoscopic Evolution and Temporal Analytics of Photovoltaic Energy Materials, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science (2015).

Dryden, Daniel; Hopkins, Jaime; Denoyer, Lin; Poudel, Lokendra; Steinmetz, Nicole; Ching, Wai-Yim; Podgornik, Rudolf; Parsegian, V. Adrian; French, Roger: van der Waals Interactions at the Mesoscale: Open-Science Implementation, Anisotropy, Retardation, and Solvent Effects, Langmuir (2015).

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