Job Thijssen

Soft matter physicist

I am an experimental physicist by training, with research experience in soft matter and complex fluids. My research focuses on the physics and applications of soft materials, especially those in which interfaces are crucial and those that have potential for applications in coatings and energy materials. I am currently a Reader in the School of Physics & Astronomy at The University of Edinburgh, where I teach experimental physics and supervise undergraduate & PhD research projects. Finally, I have been involved in collaborations on interfaces in energy materials (MISE), on complex-fluids knowledge exchange (ECFP) and on equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM (Evidence Base).


Schematic of contactless setup: a cup with an edge, the lower half filled with water, the top half filled with oil, the water-oil interface pinned by the edge; a rheometer geometry attached to the water-oil interface; a confocal microscope to measure the strain in the interface from below.

Recently published paper, featured in the Journal of Rheology: Contactless interfacial rheology: Probing shear at liquid–liquid interfaces without an interfacial geometry via fluorescence microscopy, see also the corresponding Scilight.


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Overview of expertise plus data gathering and analysis techniques