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Dr. Vladimir A. Baulin

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Research interests

  • Theory and simulation of soft matter: polymers, surfactants, colloids, liquid crystals.
  • Parallel computation: parallel methods using GPU.
  • Biophysics: self-organization of microtubules in living cells, modelling of interaction of phospholipid bilayers with nano-objects: carbon nanotubes, polymers, nanoparticles.

Short bio

2000: Master in physics - Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
2003: PhD in physics, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, Grenoble, France
2003-2006: postdoc, Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France
2008 - : leads a group of Soft mater theory at the University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
2013 - : Coordinator of EU funded Initial Training Network SNAL: Smart Nano-objects for Alteration of Lipid bilayers.

Current projects

  • FP7-People: Initial Training Network SNAL: Smart Nano-objects for Alteration of Lipid bilayers 2014 (coordinator).
  • URV R2B: Gpu accellerated artificial intelligence for quantitative micrograph analysis 2016 (PI)
  • MEC I+D “EXCELENCIA”: Diseño y aplicaciones de nuevos micro/nanogeles biocompatibles obtenidos mediante métodos de condensación avanzados (participant)
  • URV R2B: Automatic lung desease detection 2018 (PI)
  • CTQ2017-84998-P: Segregacion molecular a múltiples Escalas en sistemas no tensioctivos para la obtencion de materiales avanzados 2018 (participant)

Selected publications

  1. Marco Werner, Thorsten Auth, Paul A. Beales, Jean Baptiste Fleury, Frederik Höök, Holger Kress, Reid Van Lehn, Marcus Müller, Eugene Petrov, Lev Sarkisov, Jens-Uwe Sommer, Vladimir A. Baulin, Nanomaterial interactions with biomembranes: Bridging the gap between soft matter models and biological context. Biointerphases, volume 13(2), pages 028501, 2018. (doi:10.1116/1.5022145)
  2. Yachong Guo, Emmanuel Terazzi, Ralf Seemann, Jean Baptiste Fleury, and Vladimir A. Baulin. Direct proof of spontaneous translocation of lipid-covered hydrophobic nanoparticles through a phospholipid bilayer. Science Advances, 2(11):e1600261, November 2016. (doi:10.1126/sciadv.1600261)
  3. Vy T. H. Pham, Vi Khanh Truong, Matthew D. J. Quinn, Shannon M. Notley, Yachong Guo, Vladimir A. Baulin, Mohammad Al Kobaisi, Russell J. Crawford, and Elena P. Ivanova. Graphene Induces Formation of Pores That Kill Spherical and Rod-Shaped Bacteria. ACS Nano, 9(8):8458–8467, August 2015. (doi:10.1021/acsnano.5b03368)
  4. Elena P. Ivanova, Jafar Hasan, Hayden K. Webb, Gediminas Gervinskas, Saulius Juodkazis, Vi Khanh Truong, Alex H.F. Wu, Robert N. Lamb, Vladimir A. Baulin, Gregory S. Watson, Jolanta A. Watson, David E. Mainwaring, and Russell J. Crawford. Bactericidal activity of black silicon. Nature Communications, 4, November 2013. (doi:10.1038/ncomms3838)
  5. Sergey Pogodin, Jafar Hasan, Vladimir A. Baulin, Hayden K. Webb, Vi Khanh Truong, The Hong Phong Nguyen, Veselin Boshkovikj, Christopher J. Fluke, Gregory S. Watson, Jolanta A. Watson, Russell J. Crawford, and Elena P. Ivanova. Biophysical Model of Bacterial Cell Interactions with Nanopatterned Cicada Wing Surfaces. Biophysical Journal, 104(4):835–840, February 2013. (doi:10.1016/j.bpj.2012.12.046)
  6. Sergey Pogodin, Nigel K. H. Slater, and Vladimir A. Baulin. Surface Patterning of Carbon Nanotubes Can Enhance Their Penetration through a Phospholipid Bilayer. ACS Nano, 5(2):1141–1146, February 2011. (doi:10.1021/nn102763b)
  7. Sergey Pogodin and Vladimir A. Baulin. Coarse-Grained Models of Phospholipid Membranes within the Single Chain Mean Field Theory. Soft Matter, 6:2216–2226, 2010. (doi:10.1039/B927437E)
  8. Sergey Pogodin and Vladimir A. Baulin. Can a Carbon Nanotube Pierce through a Phospholipid Bilayer?. ACS Nano, 4(9):5293–5300, September 2010. (doi:10.1021/nn1016549)


  • Yachong Guo, Vladimir A. Baulin, A computer implemented method of generation of statistically uncorrelated molecule’s conformations and computer programs, EP Patent 16,382,054, 2016.
  • Elena P. Ivanova, Saulius Joudkazis, Russell J. Crawford, and Vladimir Baulin, A Synthetic Biocidal Surface Comprising an Array of Nanospikes, International Patent Application Number PCT/AU2014/0502112, 2014.

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