Georgia Tech professor to talk on electrostatic phenomena

Published: Nov 1, 2010 10:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334-844-3447

Sven Holger Behrens, associate professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will present “Nonpolar Liquids + Nonionic Surfactants = Electric Charges? A Surprising Recipe for Electrostatic Phenomena” on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. in 104 Textile Engineering Building. His lecture is hosted by Auburn University’s Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering.

Behrens holds a degree in physics from the University of Goettingen in Germany, and a doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2007. He previously managed the BASF research laboratory at the company’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

His research interests include solvent-mediated interactions between polymers or colloidal species to create materials with new properties and potential for industrial or medical application. Behrens’ work also addresses characterizing the conformation and electrical charging states of polymers and colloids in different environments, performing high-resolution measurements of colloidal forces and interaction energies and monitoring association and release processes.

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