Jan Dhont

(blauer Kasten) Dynamics of macromolecules in equilibrium, and non-equilibrium phenomena (phase separation kinetics, shear flow, electric fields, thermodiffusion, and confinement).




Research Interests


-Dynamics of macromolecules in equilibrium, like diffusion of spherical and rod-like particles, and spheres in  rod-networks.

-Phase separation kinetics, like spinodal decomposition and crystallization in shear flow.

-Response of several types of macromolecular systems to external fields: shear flow (rheology and shear-banding), electric fields (field-induced phases in suspensions of rods), thermodiffusion (spherical and rod-like charged colloids), and confinement (diffusion near a solid wall)..

– Response of (bio-) macromolecular systems to external fields:
electric fields, shear flow, and thermal gradients
– Field-induced instabilities and phase/state transitions
– Dynamics of macromolecules in confinement: diffusion through networks and in the vicinity of a  wall



Education / Research experience

since 2001 C4 Professor an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany
since 2000 Director at the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Complex Systems, ICS-3
1987-2000 University of Utrecht as an associate professor in the group of Prof. H.N.W. Lekkerkerker
1985-1987 Post Doc at the University of Konstanz, Theoretical Physics Group of Prof. R. Klein in Konstanz (Germany) as a post doc
1981-1985  I finished my PhD on the subject “Multiple light scattering from colloids” at the van’t Hoff laboratory at the University of Utrecht, with Prof. A. Vrij.
1971-1975 I followed a study for laboratory chemist during the years 1971-1975, and then went to the university of Utrecht (The Netherlands) to study chemistry.