Prof. Michal Borkovec received his PhD in Chemistry at Columbia University in 1986, and thereafter was working as a lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. In 1998, he was appointed as an associate professor at Clarkson University, and was promoted to a full professor in the year 2000.
He moved to Geneva shortly thereafter. His main research focus is physical chemistry of colloids, surfaces, and polymers. He is also interested in applications of these topics in environmental chemistry and industrial process control. For more details, see his professional resume.

Dr. Victoria Dutschk is a staff scientist at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden. Research activities are focused on a mechanistic understanding of manifold interfacial phenomena involving surface active agents. The main research field ‘Interfacial Engineering’ is related to fundamental material  research having strong links with industry covering adhesion phenomena, surface topography and roughness analysis, Wetting and interfacial dynamics and spreading of aqueous surfactant solutions.

Prof. Jan van Esch grew up in Tilburg and studied chemistry in Utrecht, majoring in physical chemistry and biochemistry. In early 1993 he gained his doctorate in Nijmegen. In the research groups of Feringa and Kellogg in Groningen Van Esch focused on the self-assembly of small organic molecules, above all with a view to understanding and explaining the process of gelling. Van Esch holds the chair of Self-Assembling Systems at the TU Delft.


Dr. Thomas Gutberlet is a senior research scientist at the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) at the german neutron facility FRM-II at Munich-Garching. Before joining JCNS he has been responsible for the neutron reflectometer AMOR at the swiss neutron source SINQ at Paul Scherrer Institut, a dedicated instrument to any interested scientist who needs neutrons at interfaces in his research. His scientific interests are centered around the investigation of biological model membrane systems by scattering and diffraction methods and the adsorption of biomolecules at interfaces.

Dr. Ger J. M. Koper is associate professor at DelftChemTech, the chemical engineering department of the Delft University of Technology. He is guest researcher at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry of the Leiden University. His research field is Colloid and Interface Science with emphasis on Aggregation and Adsorption Phenomena. His experimental expertise is in optical ellipsometry and reflectometry, dielectric spectroscopy and electro-optical birefringence

Prof. Abraham Marmur is working at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. His research interest cover a broad range of interfacial and colloidal phenomena, in particular wetting, adhesion and capillarity , contact angle theory and measurement, ultra-hydrophobic Surfaces, spreading on surfaces: relationship between adhesion and wetting, capillary penetration into porous media, wetting of powders.

Prof. Hubert Motschmann is working at the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry of the University of Regensburg. A major focus in the work of his group is understanding the structure and the self-organization of molecules at interfaces and the impact of interfaces on bulk properties of adjacent phases. This knowledge is utilized for the design of novel structures with specific function. His experimental expertise are linear and nonlinear optical techniques.

Prof. Georg Papastavrou is professor at the University of Bayreuth. His research focuses on the interaction forces between colloidal surfaces. The main interest is to understand how these interaction forces depend on adsorption of polyelectrolytes, defined surface modifications or external electrochemical control. Atomic Force Microscopy, either for imaging or for direct force measurements, is one of the major tools in his research.

Prof. Jeff Penfold studied at Brunel University, UK, where he obtained the degree of Bachelor in Technology in 1971 and the Ph.D. degree in 1981 with a thesis entitled “New applications of neutron scattering to problems in surface chemistry”. In 1971 he was appointed Scientific Officer in the Neutron Beam Research Unit at the Rutherford Laboratory. From 1977 to 1979 he was seconded to the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble. From 1980 to 2003 he was Group Leader for Large Scale Structures at ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and since 1981 Group Leader for non-crystalline diffraction at the same institute. Since 2001 he is engaged as Project Scientist for the target station 2 at ISIS. In 2000 he was appointed Visiting Professor at University of Bristol, UK, and since 2002 he has been Visiting Professor in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at Oxford University, UK.

Dr. Louis de Smet received his MSc in Molecular Sciences (specialization physical chemistry) from Wageningen University in 2001. During the last stage of this degree, he spent 6 months in the group of Dr. B.R. Horrocks at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) working on the chemical modification of porous silicon. He obtained his PhD degree from Wageningen University in February 2006. Mid 2007 He started as an assistant professor at DelftChemTech to work in the section of Nano-Organic Chemistry. His research interests include surface modification and biomolecular interactions.

Prof. dr. Ernst Sudhölter is Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering (DelftChemTech) and Professor of Nano-organic chemistry at Delft University of Technology since 2007. Ernst Sudhölter studied Chemistry and gained his PhD at Groningen University. He spent several years working at KSLA, as the Shell laboratories in Amsterdam were then known, after which he switched his focus to the academic sector. His first teaching post was as Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Twente and from 1990 onwards as Professor of Organic Chemistry in Wageningen. His interests are in physical-organic chemistry, self-organisation (micelles, vesicles, liquid crystals) and surface modification and (bio)functionalisation.

Dr. Inez Marita Weidinger studied physics at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, University of Glasgow and the Free University Berlin. She received her PhD in physical chemistry in 2003 and is now a junior research leader at the Max Volmer Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry at the Technical University Berlin. Her main research focus lies in the development of nanostructured hybrid devices for surface enhanced vibrational spectroscopy and their application for studying electron transfer processes of enzymes at interfaces.