The Oxford Centre for Soft & Biological Matter


Dirk Aarts 

Professor of Chemistry, Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory

Fellow of Christ Church



Dirk Aarts graduated from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) in Chemistry and conducted his PhD research at the same institution, obtaining his degree in 2005 under the supervision of Prof H.N.W. Lekkerkerker. He subsequently moved to the Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale SupĂ©rieure as a Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellow working with Prof D. Bonn. He obtained a lecturership in 2007 and was made a professor in 2013 in the University of Oxford. He has been studying the behaviour of colloidal dispersions both experimentally and theoretically covering an wide range of topics, including diffusion in complex networks, phase and interface behaviour, wetting and hydrodynamic instabilities. He has won several prestigious awards including the Martinus van Marum award from the Royal Holland Society of Sciences; the IoP Liquids and Complex Fluids Group Young Scientist Award; Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV) Van Arkel Prize FOM Andries-Miedema prize Provincial Utrecht Fellowship for Arts and Sciences prize; DSM Award for Chemistry and Technology. 

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