Prof. Dr. Miha Ravnik
Head of Softmatter Group
Vice-dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana
PI of national research program grant Physics of Soft Matter, Surfaces and Nanostructures (P1-0099)
My research interest covers topics at the interdisciplinary edge of soft matter physics, such as complex fluids, active matter, colloids, liquid crystals, bio-sensors, optics and photonics of anisotropic media, topological materials, and protein biophysics. With my group I work along four main research directions: (i) structures in active and passive complex fluids, (ii) complex optics and photonics in anisotropic materials, (iii) active and passive microfluidics of complex fluids, and (iv) protein biophysics in biopharmaceutics. My work in soft matter materials is typically strongly linked with experiments and typically relies on combination of computer modelling, analytical and topological approaches, and data science approaches such as neural networks.
Selected highlights and news
(2023/04) Two papers in Phys. Rev. Lett.: Defect Line Coarsening and Refinement in Active Nematics and Nematronics: Reciprocal Coupling between Ionic Currents and Nematic Dynamics.
(2023/01) Panel member for ERC StG 2022 PE11 Materials Engineering.
(2022/11) Paper in Nature Communication on Continuous generation of topological defects in driven nematic.
(2022/09) Elected to Full Professor at the University of Ljubljana.
(2022/02) President of the Management board of Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (appointed for 2 years).
(2022/01) Paper on Blue phase III in PRX.
(2021/12) Awarded as PI renewed program grant Physics of Soft matter, Surfaces, and Nanostructures (cca 10FTE for 6 years).
(2021/10) Started as vice-dean of Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (appointed for 2 years).
(2021/03) Paper on Ionically Charged Topological Defects in Nematic Fluids in PRX.