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ยป Professor Dirk G.A.L Aarts

Professor Dirk G.A.L Aarts

Professor Dirk Aarts


MSc, PhD (Utrecht)

Role or Position

Professor of Chemistry

Email address

Academic Background

MSc (Cum Laude; Utrecht University, 1996-2001), VNCI Scholarship (Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry, 1997, 1998), Unilever Research Prize 2001 for MSc thesis
PhD (Cum Laude; Utrecht University, 2001-2005), DSM award for Chemistry and Technology (2005), the PUG prize (Provincial Fellowship of Utrecht, 2006), the Andries Miedema Prize (2007)
Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the Laboratoire de Physique Statistique of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (2005-2006)

Undergraduate Teaching

Tutor in Physical ChemistryResearch Interests

Research Interests

Interfaces are ubiquitous in nature and have attracted the interest of scientists since many centuries. Besides a fundamental drive much research in interfaces is motivated by technology and industry, where understanding interfacial behaviour is of key importance. We aim at a better understanding of interfaces by studying colloidal interfaces. Recent developments in colloid science, which include new chemical synthesis techniques that allow exquisite control over the size, shape and interaction of particles and new physical measurement techniques such as confocal microscopy and laser tweezers, have opened up a host of exciting opportunities to study interfaces with unprecedented accuracy and control. In particular, we combine the above techniques with microfluidics, where fluids can be manipulated on a microscopic scale, and length- and timescales are most compatible with colloidal interfaces.

Publications include

D.G.A.L. Aarts, The interface in demixed colloid-polymer systems: Wetting, waves and droplets, Soft Matter 3 19 (2007)
D. Derks, D.G.A.L. Aarts, D. Bonn, H.N.W. Lekkerkerker, and A. Imhof, Suppression of thermally excited capillary waves by shear flow, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97 038301 (2006)
R.P.A. Dullens, D.G.A.L. Aarts and W.K. Kegel, Direct measurement of the free energy by optical microscopy, PNAS 103, 529 (2006)
V.W.A. de Villeneuve, R.P.A. Dullens, D.G.A.L. Aarts, E. Groeneveld, J.H. Scherff, W.K. Kegel and H.N.W. Lekkerkerker, Colloidal hard sphere crystal growth frustrated by large spherical impurities, Science, 309, 1231-1233 (2005)
D.G.A.L. Aarts, M. Schmidt, and H.N.W. Lekkerkerker, Direct visual observation of thermal capillary waves, Science, 304, 847 (2004)



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