Sandra Lerouge

SandraLerouge140x190Sandra Lerouge obtained her PhD in Physics from the University of Metz, France. After a postdoc at the University of Leeds and the Léon Brillouin laboratory, she joined the University Paris-Diderot in 2002 as an associate professor. Presently, she is a professor in Physics at the University Paris-Diderot and works in the Matière et Systèmes Complexes laboratory. She is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France. Her work includes flow-induced phase transitions in various self-assembled systems and in liquid-crystalline polymers, shear thickening and shear banding in surfactant wormlike micelles and, more recently, viscoelastic flow instabilities and turbulence. A list of publications is available at

At AERC2017 Sandra Lerouge will give a talk on “Shear banding in wormlike micelles”.

Jason Stokes

JStokes140x190Jason Stokes is Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. Qualifications include Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and PhD from The University of Melbourne, as well as a Graduate Certificate of Executive Leadership from UQ. Prior to joining UQ in 2008, he spent 10 years as a research scientist at Unilever’s Corporate Research laboratory in the United Kingdom.

Jason was recipient of the British Society of Rheology Annual Award in 2013 and a UQ Partners in Research Excellence Award in 2014 in recognition of his impactful research partnership with industry. He currently serves as the Director of Research in UQ School of Chemical Engineering and as Vice President of Australian Society of Rheology. He is on the editorial board for Journal of Biotribology, Cogent Engineering, and Journal of Texture Studies. He consultants for several global companies and is a member of an expert advisory panel for a New Zealand Primary Growth Partnership.

Jason’s rheology, lubrication and biointerfaces laboratory supports ca. 20 researchers through funding from companies based nationally and internationally as well as the Australian Research Council (ARC). He is Chief Investigator on an ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre and an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence of Plant Cell Walls. Jason has pioneered new techniques and approaches to study the physics of food oral processing that has included soft-tribology and saliva-food interactions, and is establishing bridges between the physics, sensory and rational food structure design in strategic partnership with industry. His current research interests include the rheology, micromechanics and lubrication of complex fluids and soft materials, as well as rheology and friction at biological interfaces. Material systems currently under study include hydrogel microparticles, nanocrystalline cellulose, plant cells, polysaccharides, proteins, mucins and plant-mucilage, as well as various foods, ionic liquids and geothermal drilling fluid suspensions.

At AERC2017 Jason Stokes will give a talk on “Soft matter rheology, tribology and biointerface science: from food structure design to plant cell walls”.

Evelyne van Ruymbeke

EvanRuymbeke140x190Evelyne van Ruymbeke did her PhD in 2000-2005 at Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium) with Profs. R. Keunings and C. Bailly, on the Relationship between molecular structure and linear viscoelasticity for mixtures of linear and star polymers. After that she joined the group of Prof. D. Vlassopoulos at IESL – FORTH (Crete, Greece) for 3 years, in order to study the flow properties of soft colloidal systems and create a general tube model to predict the rheology of architecturally complex macromolecules. In 2011, after a post-doc at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) during which she continued to develop the model and extended it to nonlinear flow, she joined the company DSM (Geleen, The Netherlands) as research scientist.

Since 2012, she is a permanent Research Associate of the FNRS (Chercheur Qualifié) and Chargé de cours at UCL, in the division of Bio and Soft Matter. Today, her main focus is in understanding the dynamics of supramolecular polymers and of binary blends of entangled polymers. Evelyn van Ruymbeke’s personal website:

At AERC2017 Evelyne van Ruymbeke will give a talk on “Viscoelasticity of transient networks from associating polymers: a mesoscopic modeling perspective”.