Markus Antonietti (Max Planck Institute, Germany) is full Professor at the University of Potsdam and the Director for “Colloid Chemistry” at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. He studied Chemistry and Physics at the University of Mainz and received his Ph.D. from the same University, where he was appointed Assistant Professor in 1985. In 1990, he obtained the Habilitation in Physical Chemistry. Since 1993 he holds his current positions at the University of Potsdam and the Max Planck Institute. During his longstanding career, Prof. Antonietti has been pioneer in numerous topics of colloid and polymer science. His current scientific interests include, among others, self-organization and self-assembly, porous polymers, biomimetic materials, green materials, chemistry of the energy and ram material change, metal free catalysis and artificial photocatalysis. Prof. Antonietti has been the recipient of several awards and honorary fellowships, including 3 ERC Grants.
John Francis Brady (Caltech, USA) is the Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, USA. He studied in the University of Pennsylvania and obtained a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He was appointed Associate Professor at Caltech in 1985 and full Professor in 1990. His research interests relate to fluid mechanics and transport processes. He has a special interest in problems at the interface between continuum mechanics and statistical mechanics, as well as in fundamental studies of complex and multiphase fluids. Prof. Brady has received several distinctions for his outstanding scientific contributions. He is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the Society of Rheology, as well as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Lorna Dougan (University of Leeds, UK) is full Professor of Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds. She obtained a MPhys and Ph. D in Physics at the University of Edinburgh and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University in New York, USA. In 2009 she established her group at Leeds, where she is a member of the Bragg Centre for Materials Research and Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology. Dougan’s group focuses on understanding the physics of life and developing novel materials inspired by biomolecules. She combines experimental and modelling approaches to achieve a cross length scale understanding of structure and mechanics, and in particular the translation of mechanical properties across scales. This includes protein engineering, single molecule force spectroscopy, rheology and neutron and x-ray scattering. Her group works in collaboration with biological and biomedical scientists to understand the physics of living systems and to develop materials for biomedical applications. She has received various distinction, including ERC Starting Grant (2011), Medical Research Council & Royal Society Suffrage Science Award (2015), British Biophysical Society Young Investigator Medal (2018), British Biophysical Society Elspeth Garman Prize for Public Engagement (2022) and ERC Consolidator /UKRI Frontier Research Fellowship (2022). https://dougan.leeds.ac.uk/
Gijsje Koenderink (TU Delft, The Netherlands) is full Professor in the Bionanoscience Dept of the TU Delft and Professor by special appointment at the VU University Amsterdam. She obtained a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Utrecht University and trained as a Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellow at the VU Univ. Amsterdam and Harvard Univ. In 2006 she established the Biological Soft Matter group at the FOM Institute AMOLF, where she also headed the Living Matter Department. Koenderink’s group focuses on quantitative experimental studies of the material properties of cells and tissues. She combines bottom-up synthetic biology approaches with multiscale physical characterization from single molecule force spectroscopy to rheometry. Her group closely collaborates with biological and biomedical groups to address the role of cell and tissue mechanics in disease and tissue regeneration. She received various distinctions, including an NWO VIDI (2008), elected membership of the Young Academy of the KNAW (2008), ERC Starting Grant (2013), NWO VICI (2019) and the P-G. de Gennes Prize (2018). https://www.tudelft.nl/en/faculty-of-applied-sciences/about-faculty/departments/bionanoscience/research/research-labs/koenderink-lab
Christos Likos (University of Vienna, Austria) is full Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna. He studied Electrical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, and obtained a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in 1993, working with Neil Ashcroft and Chris Henley. He has been Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Munich, Heinsenberg Fellow at Cambridge University and Research Fellow in Juelich, before becoming Professor of Physics at the University of Duesseldorf in 2003. As of 2010, he is Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna, where he has also been Senior Fellow of the Erwin Schroedinger Institute in 2007. His research interests revolve around coarse-graining strategies to examine structure, dynamics, self-assembly and rheology of complex fluids. Prof. Likos received various distinctions and fellowships, among which the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
2022 Overbeek Gold Medal of the European Colloid & Interface Society
Hans-Jürgen Butt (Max Planck Institute, Germany) is a Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (since 2002). He studied physics in Hamburg and Göttingen. He did his PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt in 1989. After a postdoc in Santa Barbara, California and a research period back at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysics, he became associate professor for physical chemistry at the University Mainz in 1996 and three years later full professor at the University of Siegen. In 2002 he joined the Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research in Mainz as a director. His research focuses on experimental physics of soft matter interfaces. He contributed to our understanding of atomic force microscopy, e.g. for measuring surface forces. In the last two decades controlling the wetting of surfaces has developed to a major research topic in his group.
2022 Solvay Prize of the European Colloid & Interface Society
Patrick Warren (Hartree Centre, STFC Daresbury, UK) is a staff scientist in the Chemistry and Materials Group in the Hartree Centre in the UK – part of the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council and a leading centre in the UK for high-performance computing and digital innovation. He obtained his PhD in 1990 under Robin Ball in Sam Edwards’ condensed matter theory group in Cambridge. After short stints in post-doctoral positions, in 1992 he took up a permanent position in Unilever’s R&D Laboratory in Port Sunlight near Liverpool. In 2020 he moved to join the Hartree Centre. His research interests have covered the phase behaviour of complex mixtures, hydrodynamics and microscale transport processes, simulation methodologies such as lattice Boltzmann and dissipative particle dynamics, and novel applications of statistical mechanics for example to the appearance and dynamics of hair fibre bundles (ponytails) and friction transmission in spun yarns and woven fabrics. Amongst various distinctions, he was recently (2022) awarded an Honorary Chair in the School of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Edinburgh. https://sites.google.com/site/patrickbwarren/