Invited speakers

Introduction to the plenary speakers at this event.

Professor Raymond E Goldstein, DAMTP, University of Cambridge, UK

Title:  Dynamical interconversions of minimal surfaces

Ray Goldstein is the Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems in DAMTP. His research interests span from statistical physics to nonlinear dynamics and geophysics, with particular emphasis on biological physics, both theoretical and experimental.  His work has been recognised by the Stephanos Pnevmatikos Award in Nonlinear Science, Fellowship in the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and the Royal Society.

Dr Véronique Schmitt, Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Université de Bordeaux, France

Title:  Solid foams using emulsions as templates

Véronique Schmitt is a senior researcher.  After a Ph-D in Strasbourg she moved to Lund in Sweden for a post-doctoral position before getting hired at CNRS in Nancy with a permanent position. Since 1998, she is working at Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal in Bordeaux, France.  Her research focuses on the elaboration and characterisation of dispersed model systems like suspensions, emulsions and foams in view of addressing the link between structure and properties.  She has a special interest on emulsions and foams stabilised by particles.

Professor Slavka Tcholakova, Faculty of Chemistry, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Title: Role of surfactant adsorption layers of dynamic foam properties

Slavka Tcholakova is a full Professor in Physical Chemistry (since 2013) in the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Sofia University, Bulgaria.  Her research includes studies on formation, stability and rheology of foams and emulsions. She has published 67 articles and 3 international patents, has supervised 13 PhD students, and has been leading more than 10 projects funded by internatonal companies.


Professor Sylvie Cohen-Addad, Université Pierre & Marie Curie Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, France

Title: Rheology of foams near the jamming transition

Sylvie Cohen-Addad is Professor of Physics at Université Paris-Est.  She is conducting research at the Institut des Nanosciences de Paris at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris since 2010.  Her research interests are the structure, ageing and rheology of foams and emulsions, interfacial rheology, multiple light scattering, diffusing-wave spectroscopy and, microfluidics.


Introduction to the invited speakers at this event

Professor Cécile Monteux, Chercheur CNRS, France

Title: Generation and stability of foams made with transient polymer networks

Cécile Monteux did her PhD at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), on the surface reheology of Polymer-surfactant mixtures.  She did a postdoc at Stanford on particle laden interfaces and at ESPCI on dynamic wetting.  She obtained a permanent CNRS position at ESPCI in 2007.  Her research focuses on foams, encapsulation and wetting. 

Professor Alan Cooper, Glasgow University, UK

Provisional title: Frog foams and natural protein surfactants

Alan Cooper is Emeritus Professor of Biophysical Chemistry at Glasgow University.  He is a theoretical physicist, turned experimentalist, who has specialised in the fundamental thermodynamics of protein dynamics, folding and interactions.  More recently, and together with Glasgow colleague Malcolm Kennedy, he has pioneered the investigation of natural biofoams from tropical frog nests and other unusual sources.

Dr Dirk Blunk, University of Cologne, Germany

Title: TBC

Dirk Blunk completed his PhD in Chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin in 1999. After a further degree as business economist and a research sojoum to Bologna he moved to the University of Cologne. His research interests are the synthesis, characterisation and function of supramolecular materials, as e.g. liquid crystals and surfactants.

Since 2010 he is working on innovative, environmentally sound firefighting foams.

Professor Sascha Hilgenfeldt, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, USA

Title: Order and disorder in foams and related systems: Local and Global Effects


Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:
    29 February 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    17 May 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    27 June 2016