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Jacob Judas Kain Kirkensgaard

Jacob Judas Kain Kirkensgaard

Associate Professor

My research is centered around mesoscale self-assembly and particularly the formation of geometrically and topologically complex structures in soft matter systems, both synthetic systems like block copolymers and amphiphilic molecules and from various biological systems, for example photosynthetic membranes, diatom frustules and biomacromolecules like starch. I have combined expertise in coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations of soft matter self-assembly and in structural investigations using small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering techniques. In particular, I have been the daily responsible for the Niels Bohr Institute small-angle x-ray scattering instrument since it became operational in the summer of 2010. In practice this means I have been running the majority of the scientific measurements on the instrument and successfully integrated the instrument into a variety of projects making structural studies within synthetic biology, food science, electrocatalysts, lipid and fatty acid polymorphism, biopolymers and complex synthetic polymers among others. Find out more at my personal website via link above.



Selected publications

  1. Published

    Hierarchical self-assembly of a striped gyroid formed by threaded chiral mesoscale networks

    Kirkensgaard, J. J. K., Evans, M., de Campo, L. & Hyde, S. T. 13 Jan 2014 In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS). 111, 4, p. 1271-1276

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Beyond amphiphiles: coarse-grained simulations of star-polyphile liquid crystalline assemblies

    Kirkensgaard, J. J. K. & Hyde, S. 2009 In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 11, 12, p. 2016-2022 7 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published
  4. Published

    Striped networks and other hierarchical structures in AmBmCn (2m+n)-miktoarm star terpolymer melts

    Kirkensgaard, J. J. K. 2012 In : Physical Review E (Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics). 85, 5 p., 031802

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

Selected activities

  1. Geometry of Interfaces

    Kirkensgaard, J. J. K. (Speaker)
    3 Oct 20117 Oct 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

  2. Geometry and topology of liquid crystals and related ordered materials

    Kirkensgaard, J. J. K. (Organizer)
    19 Aug 201323 Aug 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

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