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Drenckhan Wiebke


Bureau B.260
Institut Charles Sadron (UPR22-CNRS)
23 rue du Loess
BP 84047
67034 STRASBOURG Cedex 2

Telephone : 0033 (0)3 88 41 40 43
Fax : 0033 (0)3 88 41 40 99
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Goal of my research is to bridge the science of liquid and solid foams and emulsions at different length scales (from interfaces, via thin films to the full two-phase materials) and with different approaches (experiments and modelling). At ICS we cover a wide range of expertise from formulation/processing to the characterisation of the structural or mechanical properties of foams and emulsions, with the goal to push our understanding of the static and dynamic structure/property relations and to develop cellular polymers with enhanced or new properties.

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2014  Habilitiation, “A science of transition - from liquid to solid foams” at University Paris-Sud, Orsay, France
2004  PhD Thesis, "Stability of foams and films in confined geometries" with Prof. D. Weaire in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
2000  Postgraduate Diploma of Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
1995-  1999 Double studies of pure Physics and Physics/Mathematics for teaching at Universities of Rostock and Berlin, Germany


Since 2016  CNRS researcher at the Institut Charles Sadron, UPR 22 (Institut de Chimie), Strasbourg, France
2007-16  CNRS researcher at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, UMR 8502 (Institut de Physique) and Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France
2006-07  Visiting Fellow (Bourse de la Ville de Paris), Complex Systems and Materials, Université Paris 7, France
2004-06  Embark Research Fellow, School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


2016  Member of Academia Net ( )
2015  Bronze Medal of the CNRS
2015  “Prix de la recherche 2015” - in the category “Physics” (for ANR Samousse, PI F. Elias)
2013  Selection into the group “CNRS young cadre”
2013  Prix “Irène-Joliot Curie - Young female scientist of the Year” given by the French Ministry of Education and the EADS Foundation
2013  Henkel “Laundry and Homecare Research Award”
2012  ERC Starting Grant from the European Research council
2001  University price 2000 of the Universtiy of Canterbury
1995  Selection into the German National Merit Foundation


62. S. Andrieux, W. Drenckhan and C. Stubenrauch “Highly Ordered Chitosan Scaffolds : From Liquid to Solid Foams” accepted for publication in Polymer
61. Gaillard T., M. Roché, C. Honorez, A. Balan, M. Jumeau and W. Drenckhan, “Controlled foam generation using cyclic diphasic flows” in press at Int. J. Multiphase Flow
60. Quell, A., S. Heitkam, W. Drenckhan and C. Stubenrauch, “Creating Honeycomb Structures in Porous Polymers by Osmotic Transport”, ChemPhysChem, 2017, 18(5):451-454
59. Poulard, C., S. Levanier, A. Gryson, M. Ranft and W. Drenckhan « Structuring solid surfaces with bubble coatings”, Adv. Eng. Mat. 2016, 19(2)
58. Heitkam, S., A. Sommer, W. Drenckhan, and J. Frohlich, , “A simple collision model for small bubbles”, JPCM, 2016, 29(12):124005
57. Salonen, A., C. Gay, A. Maestro, W. Drenckhan and E. Rio “Arresting bubble coarsening : A model for stopping grain growth with surface elasticity”, EPL, 2016, 116(4):46005
56. Giustiniani, A., P. Guegan, M.Marchand, C. Poulard and W. Drenckhan, “Generation of Silicone Poly-HIPES with Controlled Pore Sizes via Reactive Emulsion Stabilization”, Macromolecules Rapid Communication, 2016, 37(18) : 1527-1532
55. Forel, E., E. Rio, S. Beguin, S. Hutzler, D. Weaire and W. Drenckhan ”Relationship between surfacev and bulk volume fraction of liquid dispersions”, Soft Matter, 2016, 12(38) : 8025-8029
54. Quell, A., B. de Bergolis, W. Drenckhan, C. Stubenrauch, “How the Locus of Initiation Influences the Morphology and the Pore Connectivity of a Monodisperse Polymer Foam”, Macromolecules, 2016, 49(14) : 5059-5067
53. Champougny, L., M. Roché, W. Drenckhan and E. Rio, “Life and death of a not so bare bubble” Soft Matter, 2016, 12(24):5276-5284
52. Heitkam, S., W. Drenckhan, T. Titscher, D. Weaire, D. C. Kreuter, D. Hajnal, F. Piechon, J. Fröhlich “Elastic properties of material with spherical voids in different arrangements”, European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids, 2016, 59 : 252–264
51. Briceno-Ahumada, Z., W. Drenckhan, D. Langevin “Coalescence in draining foams made of very small bubbles” Phys Rev Lett 116(2):128302, 2016
50. Heitkam, S., W. Drenckhan, D. Weaire and J. Fröhlich, “Beam model for the elastic properties of material with spherical voids”, Archive of Applied Mechanics, 2016, 86(1):165-176
49. Gaillard, T., Poulard, C., Voisin, T., Honorez, C., Davidson, P., Drenckhan, W., Roché, M., Stable freestanding thin films of copolymer melts far from the glass transition, ACS Macroletters, 2015, 4(10) : 1144-1148 (Editors choice, covered by press release of the CNRS)
48. Whyte, D., S. Hutzler, W. Drenckhan, D. Weaire, "The relative energy of fcc and hcp foams”, Phil. Mag. Lett. 95(6) : 319-323, 2015
47. Drenckhan W. and S. Hutzler “The structure and energy of liquid foams” ACIS, 2015, invited review article, 224:1-16
46. Drenckhan W. and A. Saint-Jalmes “The physics of foaming”, ACIS, 2015, invited review article, 222:228-259
45. Gaillard T., Honorez Clement, M. Fameau and and W. Drenckhan “A fully automatic technique to measure bubble size distributions” Coll. Surf. A 2015, 473:32-39
44. Quell, A., J. Elsing, W. Drenckhan and C. Stubenrauch, “Monodisperse Polystyrene Foams via Microfluidics – A Novel Templating Route” Advanced Engineering Materials 2015, 17:604-609
43. Yazhgur, P., C. Honorez, W. Drenckhan and A. Salonen “The conductivity of two-dimensional foams” Physical Review E 2015, 91:042301
42. Saulnier, L., W. Drenckhan, P.-E. Larré, C. Anglade, D. Langevin and E. Rio « In-situ measurement of the permeability of foam films using quasi-two-dimensional foams » Coll. Surf. A 2015, 473:32-39
41. Mariot, S., V. Leroy, J. Pierre, F. Elias, E. Bouthemy, D. Langevin, W. Drenckhan, “An FFT approach to the analysis of dynamic properties of gas/liquid interfaces”, Coll. Surf. A 2015, 473:11-17
40. Salonen, A., W. Drenckhan and E. Rio, “Interfacial dynamics in foams and emulsions”, Soft Matter (editorial), 2014, 10(36):6870-6872
39. Maestro, A. E Rio, W Drenckhan, D Langevin, A. Salonen “Foams stabilised by mixtures of nanoparticles and oppositely charged surfactants : relationship between bubble shrinkage and foam coarsening” Soft Matter 2014, 10(36):6975-6983
38. Rio, E., A. Salonen, W. Drenckhan and D. Langevin, “Unusually stable liquid foams”, Advances in Colloid and Interfae Science 2013, 205:74-86
37. Guillermic, R.-M., S. Volland, S. Faure, B. Imbert, W. Drenckhan “Shaping complex fluids – when foams stand up for themselves” Journal of Rheology 2013 52(333)
36. Testouri, A., M. Ranft, C. Honorez, N. Kaabeche, J. Ferbitz, D. Freidank, W. Drenckhan, "Generation of crystalline polyurethane foams using millifluidic Lab-on-a-Chip technologies” Advanced Engineering Materials 2013, 15(11) :1086-1098
35. Arriaga-Rodriguez, L., D. Varade, D. Carriere, W. Drenckhan, and D. Langevin, “Adsorption, Organization, and Rheology of Catanionic Layers at the Air/Water Interface” Langmuir 2013, 29(10) : 3214-3222
34. Pierre, J., Guillermic, R.-M., Elias, F., Drenckhan, W. and Leroy, V. “Acoustic characterisation of liquid foams with an impedance tube” EPJ E 2013 36 : 13113-13123
33. Maestro, A., W. Drenckhan, E. Rio, R. Hoehler “Liquid dispersions under gravity : volume fraction profile and osmotic pressure” Soft Matter 2013 9(8):2531-2540
32. Rodriguez-Arriaga, L., W. Drenckhan, Anniina Salonen, Jhonny A. Rodrigues, Ramón Iniguez-Palomares, Emmanuelle Rio and Dominique Langevin, “Elucidating the (in)stability of foams stabilized by mixtures of nano-particles and oppositely charged surfactants” Soft Matter 2012, 8:11085-11097
31. Heitkam, S., W. Drenckhan, J. Froehlich ”Packing Spheres Tightly : Influence of Mechanical Stability on Close-Packed Sphere Structures” Phys Rev Lett, 2012. 108(14) : 148302 (covered by press release of the CNRS)
30. Testouri, A., L.R. Arriaga, C. Honorez, M. Ranft, J. Rodrigues, A. van der Net, A. Lecchi, A. Salonen, E. Rio, R.M. Guillermic, D. Langevin, and W. Drenckhan, “Generation of porous solids with well-controlled morphologies by combining foaming and flow chemistry on a Lab-on-a-Chip”. Coll. Surf. A, 2012. 413 : p. 17-24
29. Boos, J., W. Drenckhan, C. Stubenrauch, “Protocol for studying aqueous foams stabilised by surfactant mixtures”, Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 2012. p. 1-12
28. Boos, J., W. Drenckhan, C. Stubenrauch, “On How Surfactant Depletion during Foam Generation Influences Foam Properties”, Langmuir, 2012. 28(25) : p. 6557-6570
27. Schüler, F., D. Schamel, A. Salonen, W. Drenckhan, Michael D. Gilchrist, and Cosima Stubenrauch “A Novel Route towards Macroporous Polystyrene : Polymerization of Foamed Emulsions” Ang. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011. 51(9) : P. 2213-2217
26. Varade, D., D. Carriere, L.R. Arriaga, A.L. Fameau, E. Rio, D. Langevin, and W. Drenckhan, “On the origin of the stability of foams made from catanionic surfactant mixtures”. Soft Matter, 2011. 7(14) : p. 6557-6570.
25. Salonen, A., A. Knyazev, N. von Bandel, J. Degrouard, D. Langevin, and W. Drenckhan, “A Novel Pyrene-Based Fluorescing Amphiphile with Unusual Bulk and Interfacial Properties”. Chem Phys Chem, 2011. 12(1) : p. 150-160.
24. Rodrigues, J.A., E. Rio, J. Bobroff, D. Langevin, and W. Drenckhan, “Generation and manipulation of bubbles and foams stabilised by magnetic nanoparticles”. Coll. Surf. A, 2011. 384(1-3) : p. 408-416.
23. Drenckhan, W. and D. Langevin, “Monodisperse foams in one to three dimensions”. Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science, 2010. 15(5) : p. 341-358.
22. Testouri, A., C. Honorez, A. Barillee, D. Langevin, and W. Drenckhan, “Highly Structured Foams from Chitosan Gels”. Macromolecules, 2010. 43(14) : p. 6166-6173.
21. Drenckhan, W., Generation of Superstable, “Monodisperse Microbubbles Using a pH-Driven Assembly of Surface-Active Particles”. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2009. 48(29) : p. 5245-5247.
20. Stocco, A., W. Drenckhan, E. Rio, D. Langevin, and B.P. Binks, “Particle-stabilised foams : an interfacial study”, Soft Matter, 2009. 5(11) : p. 2215-2222.
19. van der Net, A., A. Gryson, M. Ranft, F. Elias, C. Stubenrauch, and W. Drenckhan, “Highly structured porous solids from liquid foam templates”, Coll. Surf. A, 2009. 346(1-3) : p. 5-10.
18. Barrett, D.G.T., S. Kelly, E.J. Daly, M.J. Dolan, W. Drenckhan, D. Weaire, and S. Hutzler, “Taking Plateau into microgravity : The formation of an eightfold vertex in a system of soap films”, Microgravity Science and Technology, 2008. 20(1) : p. 17-22.
17. Drenckhan, W., B. Dollet, S. Hutzler, and F. Elias, “Soap films under large-amplitude oscillations”. Philosophical Magazine Letters, 2008. 88(9-10) : p. 669-677.
16. Weaire, D. and W. Drenckhan, “Structure and dynamics of confined foams : A review of recent progress”, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 2008. 137(1) : p. 20-26.
15. Drenckhan, W., H. Ritacco, A. Saint-Jalmes, A. Saugey, P. McGuinness, A. van der Net, D. Langevin, and D. Weaire, “Fluid dynamics of rivulet flow between plates”, Physics of Fluids, 2007. 19(10).
14. van der Net, A., L. Blondel, A. Saugey, and W. Drenckhan, “Simulating and interpretating images of foams with computational ray-tracing techniques”, Colloids and Surfaces A - Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 2007. 309(1-3) : p. 159-176.
13. van der Net, A., G.W. Delaney, W. Drenckhan, D. Weaire, and S. Hutzler, “Crystalline arrangements of microbubbles in monodisperse foams”, Coll. Surf. A, 2007. 309(1-3) : p. 117-124.
12. Saugey, A., W. Drenckhan, and D. Weaire, “Wall slip of bubbles in foams”. Physics of Fluids, 2006. 18(5).
11. van der Net, A., W. Drenckhan, I. Weaire, and S. Hutzler, “The crystal structure of bubbles in the wet foam limit”. Soft Matter, 2006. 2(2) : p. 129-134.
10. Weaire, D., S. Hutzler, W. Drenckhan, A. Saugey, and S.J. Cox, “The rheology of foams”, Smart Colloidal Materials, W. Richtering, Editor. 2006. p. 100-105.
9. Drenckhan, W., S.J. Cox, G. Delaney, H. Holste, D. Weaire, and N. Kern, “Rheology of ordered foams - on the way to Discrete Microfluidics”. Coll. Surf., 2005. 263(1-3) : p. 52-64.
8. Drenckhan, W., S. Hutzler, and D. Weaire, “Foam physics : the simplest example of soft condensed matter” Modern Trends in Physics Research, L. ElNadi, Editor. 2005. p. 22-28.
7. Elias, F., J.C. Bacri, C. Flament, E. Janiaud, D. Talbot, W. Drenckhan, S. Hutzler, and D. Weaire, “Magnetic soap films and magnetic soap foams” Coll. Surf. A, 2005. 263(1-3) : p. 65-75.
6. McGuinness, P., W. Drenckhan, and D. Weaire, “The optimal tap : three-dimensional nozzle design”. Journal of Physics D-Applied Physics, 2005. 38(18) : p. 3382-3386.
5. Drenckhan, W., S. Gatz, and D. Weaire, “Wave patterns of a rivulet of surfactant solution in a Hele-Shaw cell”. Physics of Fluids, 2004. 16(8) : p. 3115-3121.
4. Drenckhan, W., D. Weaire, and S.J. Cox, “The demonstration of conformal maps with two-dimensional foams”. European Journal of Physics, 2004. 25(3) : p. 429-438.
3. Hutzler, S., N. Peron, D. Weaire, and W. Drenckhan, “The foam/emulsion analogy in structure and drainage”. European Physical Journal E, 2004. 14(4) : p. 381-386.
2. Drenckhan, W., F. Elias, S. Hutzler, D. Weaire, E. Janiaud, and J.C. Bacri, “Bubble size control and measurement in the generation of ferrofluid foams”. Journal of Applied Physics, 2003. 93(12) : p. 10078-10083.
1. Weaire, D., S. Hutzler, S. Cox, N. Kern, M.D. Alonso, and W. Drenckhan, “The fluid dynamics of foams”. Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, 2003. 15(1) : p. S65-S73.