Institut Charles Sadron Membre

Wiebke Drenckhan



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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.



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 2019     
CNRS research director at the Institut Charles Sadron, UPR 22 (Institut de Chimie), Strasbourg, France
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


2017 ERC Consolidator grant
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



Hamann, M.; Andrieux, S.; Schuette, M.; Telkemeyer, D.; Ranft, M.; Drenckhan, W. (2023), Quantitative investigation of the pore size-reducing effect of perfluorocarbons in polyurethane foaming,Colloid And Polymer Science,() : link

Hamann, M.; Andrieux, S.; Schuette, M.; Telkemeyer, D.; Ranft, M.; Drenckhan, W. (2023), Directing the pore size of rigid polyurethane foam via controlled air entrainment,Journal Of Cellular Plastics,59(3) : 201-214 link


Schad, T.; Preisig, N.; Drenckhan, W.; Stubenrauch, C. (2022), Foam-based cleaning of surfaces contaminated with mixtures of oil and soot,Journal Of Surfactants And Detergents,25(3) : 377-385 link

Jouanlanne, M.; Egele, A.; Favier, D.; Drenckhan, W.; Farago, J.; Hourlier-Fargette, A. (2022), Elastocapillary deformation of thin elastic ribbons in 2D foam columns,Soft Matter,18(12) : 2325-2331 link

Ben Djemaa, I.; Andrieux, S.; Auguste, S.; Jacomine, L.; Tarnowska, M.; Drenckhan-Andreatta, W. (2022), One-Step Generation of Alginate-Based Hydrogel Foams Using CO2 for Simultaneous Foaming and Gelation,Gels,8(7) : link

Andrieux, S.; Patil, M.; Jacomine, L.; Hourlier-Fargette, A.; Heitkam, S.; Drenckhan, W. (2022), Investigating Pore-Opening of Hydrogel Foams at the Scale of Freestanding Thin Films,Macromolecular Rapid Communications,43(17) : link

Walzel, F.; Requier, A.; Boschi, K.; Farago, J.; Fuchs, P.; Thalmann, F.; Drenckhan, W.; Muller, P.; Charitat, T. (2022), Perturbing the catenoid: Stability and mechanical properties of nonaxisymmetric minimal surfaces,Physical Review E,106(1) : link


Steck, K.; Hamann, M.; Andrieux, S.; Muller, P.; Kekicheff, P.; Stubenrauch, C.; Drenckhan, W. (2021), Fluorocarbon Vapors Slow Down Coalescence in Foams,Advanced Materials Interfaces,8(20) : link

Ginot, G.; Kratz, F.S.; Walzel, F.; Farago, J.; Kierfeld, J.; Hohler, R.; Drenckhan, W. (2021), Pressure-deformation relations of elasto-capillary drops (droploons) on capillaries,Soft Matter,17(40) : 9131-9153 link

Schad, T.; Preisig, N.; Blunk, D.; Piening, H.; Drenckhan, W.; Stubenrauch, C. (2021), Less is more: Unstable foams clean better than stable foams,Journal Of Colloid And Interface Science,590() : 311-320 link

Dehli, F.; Southan, A.; Drenckhan, W.; Stubenrauch, C. (2021), Tailoring and visualising pore openings in gelatin-based hydrogel foams,Journal Of Colloid And Interface Science,588() : 326-335 link

Andrieux, S.; Muller, P.; Kaushal, M.; Vera, N.S.M.; Bollache, R.; Honorez, C.; Cagna, A.; Drenckhan, W. (2021), Microfluidic thin film pressure balance for the study of complex thin films,Lab On A Chip,21(2) : 412-420 link

Koch, L.; Drenckhan, W.; Stubenrauch, C. (2021), Porous polymers via emulsion templating: pore deformation during solidification cannot be explained by an osmotic transport,Colloid And Polymer Science,299(2, Si) : 233-242 link

Ben Djemaa, I.; Auguste, S.; Drenckhan-Andreatta, W.; Andrieux, S. (2021), Hydrogel foams from liquid foam templates: Properties and optimisation,Advances In Colloid And Interface Science,294() : link


Lutzweiler, G.; Barthes, J.; Vrana, N.E.; Rawiso, M.; Louis, B.; Mayingi, J.; Carre, A.; Drenckhan, W.; Schaaf, P. (2020), Adjustment of Cell Adhesion on Polyurethane Structures via Control of the Hard/Soft Segment Ratio,Macromolecular Materials And Engineering,305(5) : link

Lutzweiler, G.; Farago, J.; Oliveira, E.; Jacomine, L.; Erverdi, O.; Vrana, N.E.; Testouri, A.; Schaaf, P.; Drenckhan, W. (2020), Validation of Milner’s visco-elastic theory of sintering for the generation of porous polymers with finely tuned morphology,Soft Matter,16(7) : 1810-1824 link

Elias, F.; Crassous, J.; Derec, C.; Dollet, B.; Drenckhan, W.; Gay, C.; Leroy, V.; Nous, C.; Pierre, J.; Saint-Jalmes, A. (2020), The Acoustics of Liquid Foams,Current Opinion In Colloid & Interface Science,50() : link

Hadji, C.; Dollet, B.; Bodiguel, H.; Drenckhan, W.; Coasne, B.; Lorenceau, E. (2020), Impact of Fluorocarbon Gaseous Environments on the Permeability of Foam Films to Air,Langmuir,36(44) : 13236-13243 link

Heitkam, S.; Sommer, A.-E.; Drenckhan, W.; Froehlich, J. (2020), Corrigendum: A simple collision model for small bubbles (vol 29, 124005, 2017),Journal Of Physics-Condensed Matter,32(28) : link


Ginot, G.; Hohler, R.; Mariot, S.; Kraynik, A.; Drenckhan, W. (2019), Juggling bubbles in square capillaries: an experimental proof of non-pairwise bubble interactions,Soft Matter,15(22) : 4570-4582 link

Lutzweiler, G.; Barthes, J.; Koenig, G.; Kerdjoudj, H.; Mayingi, J.; Boulmedais, F.; Schaaf, P.; Drenckhan, W.; Vrana, N.E. (2019), Modulation of Cellular Colonization of Porous Polyurethane Scaffolds via the Control of Pore Interconnection Size and Nanoscale Surface Modifications,Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces,11(22) : 19819-19829 link


Mariot, S.; Schneider, M.; Salonen, A.; Drenckhan, W. (2018), Optical adaptation of confocal microscopes for arbitrary imaging angles-and its application to sedimentation/creaming in dispersions,Measurement Science And Technology,29(12) : link

Giustiniani, A.; Weis, S.; Poulard, C.; Kamm, P.H.; Garcia-Moreno, F.; Schroeter, M.; Drenckhan, W. (2018), Skinny emulsions take on granular matter,Soft Matter,14(36) : 7310-7323 link

Gaulon, C.; Pierre, J.; Derec, C.; Jaouen, L.; Becot, F.-X.; Chevillotte, F.; Elias, F.; Drenckhan, W.; Leroy, V. (2018), Acoustic absorption of solid foams with thin membranes,Applied Physics Letters,112(26) : link

Andrieux, S.; Quell, A.; Stubenrauch, C.; Drenckhan, W. (2018), Liquid foam templating - A route to tailor-made polymer foams,Advances In Colloid And Interface Science,256() : 276-290 link

Andrieux, S.; Drenckhan, W.; Stubenrauch, C. (2018), Generation of Solid Foams with Controlled Polydispersity Using Microfluidics,Langmuir,34(4) : 1581-1590 link

Stubenrauch, C.; Menner, A.; Bismarck, A.; Drenckhan, W. (2018), Emulsion and Foam TemplatingPromising Routes to Tailor-Made Porous Polymers,Angewandte Chemie-International Edition,57(32) : 10024-10032 link


Andrieux, S.; Drenckhan, W.; Stubenrauch, C. (2017), Highly ordered biobased scaffolds: From liquid to solid foams,Polymer,126() : 425-431 link

Giustiniani, A.; Drenckhan, W.; Poulard, C. (2017), Interfacial tension of reactive, liquid interfaces and its consequences,Advances In Colloid And Interface Science,247() : 185-197 link