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October 2021: Cover paper in PRL

Our latest paper on polymers under fast flow has made the cover of Phys. Rev. Letters. The paper describes a small-angle neutron scattering study of the structural relaxation of elongationally oriented, moderately stretched three-arm star polymers. Find the actual paper HERE.


September 2021: Work group leader

Together with Prof. Ben Boyd I am the new leader of the Northern Lights on Food working group on 'Food Colloids and Structured Interfaces' which is a theme under LINXS - Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science. Read more about the network HERE.


April 2021: Editorial board membership

I have joined the open access journal Foods as an editorial board member. My first task will be as guest editor for a special issue on Food Physics. Browse the journal HERE.


January 2021: Agreement with Xenocs on new SAXS instrument

It is a great pleasure to announce that an agreement has been reached with Xenocs to deliver a new Nano-inXider instrument to be installed in my group at Dept. of Food Science to complement our existing x-ray scattering infrastructure at University of Copenhagen. Read more about the instrument HERE.


August 2020: Topological proximity paper out

The first paper from a collaboration with Martin Cramer Pedersen at the Niels Bohr Institute and Vanessa Robins at Applied Math, ANU is out. Using methods from the field of topological data analysis, we investigate the self-assembly and emergence of three-dimensional quasi-crystalline structures in a single-component colloidal system. From a topological perspective, there is a subtle, but direct connection between quasi-crystalline, crystalline and disordered states. Find the paper HERE.


July 2020: Nature Materials paper accepted!

Around 4 years ago I did some measurements which are now finally published as part of a larger body of work in Nature Materials. The research was led by my now long-term collaborator Prof. Matthias Arenz and the majority of the work was done by Gustav Sievers. In the paper we report on self-supported platinum-cobalt-oxide networks that break all performance records for electrochemical fuel-cell applications. Find the paper HERE.


January 2020: FOODHAY grant for new equipment

Through the new national research infrastructure initiative FOODHAY, I have received funding to buy a new combined SAXS/WAXS setup to be installed at FOOD later this year. More information (in danish) HERE.


November 2019: New member of the Nano-Science Center

I have joined the University of Copenhagen Nano-Science Center - a cross-faculty initiative between the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. More information HERE.


October 2019: New paper in Soft Matter

Very proud of this new paper done in collaboration with Gerd Schröder-Turk and primarily our joint phd-student Tobias Hain - we show that star copolymers on a sphere self-assemble into patchy particles with structure and coordination corresponding to those found in the famous Thomson problem. Find the actual paper HERE.


August 2019: Paper on photosynthetic membranes

Very pleased that my PhD-student D. Jakubauskas got the first of his papers on photosynthetic membrane structure accepted into Scientific Reports. The paper contains scattering data from living cyanobacteria and details how to model this scattering. Find the actual paper HERE.


June 2019: Cover paper

A long experimental effort about self-assembly of milk proteins into well-defined nanotubes is finally out as a cover paper in Soft Matter. The study provides novel fundamental knowledge of the formation and structure of α-lactalbumin nanotubes under different conditions, which will facilitate future application of these nanotubes in food and pharmaceutical areas. Find the actual paper HERE.


November 2018: Cover paper

Our latest paper on miktoarm star self-assembly has made the cover of Polymer Physics. An integrated study using simulation and experiments allow us to understand the intricate self‐assembly across a wide range of the phase diagram in these interesting materials. Find the actual paper HERE.


August 2018: New position at FOOD

I have accepted a new tenured position at the food science department of University of Copenhagen. I will be affiliated with the Molecular Food Structure group. Read more about the department HERE.


May 2018: Springer book chapter out

I have written one of the chapters in a new book on the ’Role of Topology in Materials’. It is part of a Springer series on Solid State Sciences. Read my contribution HERE or check the full contents of the book HERE.


May 2018: PRL paper accepted

Our new work on three-arm star block copolymers exposed to extreme stretch has been accepted in Physical Review Letters. Read it HERE.


April 2018: Popular article in danish

I have written a small paper in danish about struc-tural complexity in soft matter which is out now in KVANT - Tidsskrift for Fysik og Astronomi. Check it out HERE.


February 2018: Invited to Berkeley

I am invited to speak at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, California. The meeting is titled 'Hot Topics: Shape and Structure of Materials', for more information see HERE.


November 2017: Visit to Murdoch University

I am currently on a 3 month stay at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia visiting my close collaborator Gerd Schröder-Turk. We are going to work on simulation problems in soft matter and biological physics. Read more about Gerd's research HERE. I am also this year guest speaker at the annual dinner of The Australian Institute of Physics's WA branch where I'll be talking about 'Soft matter as a playground for the exploration of space partitioning'.


September 2017: PhD School at NBI

I am the local organizer of our 3rd International PhD School on 'Geometry and Topology in Contemporary Material Science' which will be held from September 3-9 2017 at the Niels Bohr Institute. My fellow co-organizers and co-lecturers are Stephen Hyde (ANU, Canberra), Gerd Schröder-Turk (Murdoch, Perth), Myfanwy Evans (TU-Berlin), Toen Castle (UPenn) and Martin C. Pedersen (NBI). Read more HERE.


August 2017: Australian visit

I have the pleasure of being visited by Dr. Vanessa Robins from the Australian National University. Vanessa is an expert in computational topology and we are gonna take the first steps in our new collaboration on using persistent homology to explore soft matter phase transitions.


February 2017: Teaching award!

I am very proud to be this years recipient of the 'Jens Martin Award' - the annual Niels Bohr Institute teaching award. The award is named after Jens Martin Knudsen, the Danish Mars researcher who was known as a dedicated and gifted educator. I have received the award together with the rest of the team who re-organized and ran the 2016 Linear Algebra and Classical Mechanics course on the Nano Science education: Jonas Søgaard Juul, Tine Bryder Nielsen and Jesper Bruun. Read more HERE.


January 2017: Potential PhD position in Australia

Gerd Schröder-Turk and I are looking for suitable candidates interested in doing a joint phd between NBI and Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. A prerequisite is excellent grades on your BSc education. The fellowship requires the student to apply, deadline in September each year, read more HERE. The project is in theoretical polymer science and involves the development of a new hybrid simulation setup combining self-consistent field theory and molecular particle based simulations. You can read more about the scientific part of the project here.


December 2016: Langmuir paper out

Together with Birte Martin-Bertelsen I have done an extensive scattering study on the self-assembly of synthetic cell-wall lipid analogues. We find the first known example of lipids forming both interdigitated bilayers and molecular superlattices of the lipid headgroups. The study is out now in Langmuir.


July 2016: Phys Rev E Rapid Communication

We have made a nice Small-Angle Neutron Scattering study of labeled polymers subjected to very fast flows by uniaxial elongation using filament stretching rheometry. By blending short and long chains and looking at the deuterium-labeled short chains we find clear experimental evidence for nematic field effects from the long chains on the short chains, something currently not accounted for in tube theory.


March 2016: Cover paper

I have contributed to a nice paper which is on the cover of ChemNanoMat. Most of the work was done by Laura Kacenauskaite in the group of Matthias Arenz at the Chemistry Department of University of Copenhagen. The title of the paper is 'Synthesis Mechanism and Influence of Light on Unprotected Platinum Nanoparticles Synthesis at Room Temperature'. Check out my publication page if you are more interested.


February 2016: Visit to Murdoch

Next week I am visiting Gerd Schröder-Turk at the Mathematics and Statistics department at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. I will be giving a talk on block copolymer self-assembly as part of their lecture series "From snot to tissue: Development, geometry and function of structured materials" :-)


December 2015: Visit to ANU

From January to end of March 2016 I will be on an extended visit to Prof. Stephen Hyde at the Applied Mathematics department at the Australian National University.


January 2015: Update: Focus session at GSOFT 2015

Together with Gerd Schröder-Turk I am co-organizing a GSOFT focus session at the 2015 March APS meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The session is entitled "Beyond the Gyroid: complex network phases in self-assembled soft materials" and will feature an invited keynote lecture by Prof. Stephen Hyde and 12 contributed talks and posters. The program is now available here.


July 2014: Hot tiling paper

Our new tiling paper is a Soft Matter hot paper and features as a cover article in the 10th 2014 edition of Soft Matter.


July 2014: New Soft Matter paper accepted - Tiling patterns as foams

Nice review comment: "This paper is a gem. It was a pleasure to read not only for its style but also for its content. I rarely see papers like this now where the authors have done such a complete and thorough study of the problem at hand. I am particularly impressed by their use of multiple approaches and their comparison with other approaches. Figure 12 is brilliant. This should be the gold standard for reporting results like this. The problem is interesting and timely. Accept! "


June 2014: International Summer School "Geometry and Topology of Liquid Crystals and Related Ordered Materials"

We are pleased to announce the second International PhD School on 'Geometry and Topology of Liquid Crystals and Related Ordered Materials' which will be held August 19- 23, 2013 at RMIT University in Melbourne.
More information can be found on the webpage of last year's school.
Write to geometrytopologymaterials@gmail.com to sign up or get more detailed information.


January 2014: New publication - Self-assembly of hierarchical hyperbolic tilings

We have recently published a great article in PNAS on the intersection of self-assembly and hyperbolic tilings. You can see the article online here or just go to my publications and find the pdf.