Get to know the expert editors of our journal

Colloid and Polymer Science is published under the leadership of an expert team of eminent scientists. Learn more about the editors by reading their biographies below.

The Editors in Chief


Prof. Christine M. Papadakis, Editor in Chief

Christine M. Papadakis has been a professor of experimental physics in the Physics Department of Technical University of Munich, Germany, since 2003. After studying physics at the Universities of Mainz and Grenoble, she completed her doctorate at Roskilde University in Denmark. Following a postdoctoral stay at Risø National Laboratory, Roskilde, Denmark, Prof. Papadakis earned her postdoctoral teaching qualification at the University of Leipzig in 2003. Her group at Technical University of Munich conducts research in experimental polymer physics, with particular emphasis on polymers of complex architecture, responsive polymers, polymer solutions under high pressure, polyampholytes, self-assembling block copolymers in solution, block copolymer thin films, and polymers for drug delivery. The main methods used are fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, small-angle X-ray scattering, small-angle neutron scattering and neutron spectroscopy. Moreover, time-resolved scattering experiments during rapid changes of the environment are used to characterize the pathways of structural changes. She has published more than 130 papers, has been a member of proposal committees at several large-scale facilities and has chaired the biannual meeting of the German Colloid Society in 2017. Since April 2015, she has been one of the editors-in-chief at Colloid & Polymer Science, Springer Verlag.


Prof. Yu Zhu, Associate Editor

Yu Zhu is an associate professor in the department of polymer science at the University of Akron, Ohio, USA. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany in 2007. After his post-doctoral training at Rice University, Dr. Zhu joined the department of polymer science at the university of Akron in 2012. Dr. Zhu group conducts researches in flexible electronics, energy conversion/storage and polymer composites. Currently, the research interests focus on the structure-property relationship of conjugated polymer, solid polymer electrolyte, controlled synthesis and assembly of nanomaterials. Dr. Zhu is a recipient of National Science Foundation CAREER Award, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award, and Emerging Young Investigator Award of Journal of Materials Chemistry A (RSC). Since 2017, Dr. Zhu became an associate/regional editor of Colloid of Polymer Science.

Chief Advisory Editor


Prof. Friedrich Kremer, Chief Advisory Editor

Friedrich Kremer is professor emeritus at the university of Leipzig, where he holds the chair for molecular physics from 1993 – 2015. He graduated in theoretical physics (LMU Munich) and received his PhD at the university of Freiburg in experimental biology. From 1978 - 1995 he joined the Max-Planck-Institue (MPI) for solid state physics (Stuttgart) and from1985 – 1993 the MPI for polymer research (Mainz). From 1999 – 2003 he was chairman of the sections "Polymerphysik" and "Chemische Physik und Polymer-physik" of the German Physical Society (DPG). His research is focused on structure and dynamics in soft condensed matter especially as studied by Broadband Dielectric and refined InfraRed (IR) Spectroscopy. He published more than 390 papers in peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Science, PRL, Macromolecules etc and edited several books. In 2005 he received the Karl Heinz Beckurts Award for his achievements in promoting Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy and its applications and in 2011 the Wolfgang Ostwald Prize of the German Colloid Society. From 1993 – 2015 he was co-editor of Colloid & Polymer Science, Springer Verlag and acts since then as advisory editor in chief.

Associate Editors


Prof. Günter K. Auernhammer, Associate Editor

Since October 2017 Günter K. Auernhammer heads an experimental group at the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany. His research focuses on dynamics in soft matter systems, including on dynamics of wetting and dynamics of colloidal and granular matter. Previously, he was heading an experimental group focusing on dynamics of soft matter at the Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung in Mainz, Germany.

Günter K. Auernhammer studied physics at the Universität Bayreuth (Germany) and Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France). In 2004 he obtained his PhD in theoretical physics with a thesis on instabilities in layered liquids, like smectic liquid crystals and block copolymers. As a Postdoc he switched to experiments and first jointed the Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung. There he became interested in phase separation kinetics. As an Individual Marie Curie Fellow he joined the Université Louis Pasteur, Institute de Mécanique des Fluides et des Solides (Strasbourg, France) for two years. There he mainly studied magnetic colloids embedded in polymeric matrices, especially uniaxial magnetic sols and gels and their mechanical and optical properties.


Prof. Rio Kita, Associate Editor

Rio Kita has been a professor at Department of Physics in Tokai University, Japan, since 2014. He studied polymer physics at Gunma University, Japan and received his PhD in 1999 studying critical phenomena of polymer and surfactant solutions by means of scattering methods. From 1999 to 2002 he was a postdoctoral researcher at RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research), Japan, working on characterizations of biopolymers. In 2002 he joined the group of Prof. Wegner at MPI-P (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research/Mainz), Germany where he was responsible to the polymer analysis group. Since 2005 he has joined the group of RGMS (Research Group of Molecular Complex Systems) in Tokai Univeristy, Japan. His current research interests include transport phenomena of polymers in a temperature gradient, dynamics of structure formation of polymers, characterization of polymer solutions in dilute and semi-dilute regions, characterization of ultra thin polymer film by scattering, rheological, and dielectric studies. Since January 2018, he has been a regional and now associate editor of Colloid and Polymer Science, Springer Verlag.


Prof. Xuefeng Li

Xuefeng Li is an associate professor in the College of Chemistry & Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, China. He received his PhD degree in 2005 in the same University. From 2014 to 2015, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Complex Fluids and Nanomaterials Group in the University of Maryland (College Park), USA. His key research contributions have been made to the development and application of novel functional and polymeric surfactants to the area of nanomaterial, pesticide delivery, ink, and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in ultra-low permeability reservoirs. Currently, his research focuses on the structure-property relationship of stimuli-responsive Pickering emulsions and rigid butterfly-like luminescent amphiphiles. Research grant income has been diversified, recently from the Natural Science Foundation Committee (NSFC, China), PetroChina, China Oilfield Services Co. LTD etc.


Prof. Hiroyuki Ohshima, Associate Editor

Hiroyuki Ohshima is Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo University of Science, Japan. He received the B.S. (1968), M.S. (1970), and Ph.D. (1974) degrees in physics from the University of Tokyo. He spent his post-doc life at University of Melbourne (1981-1983), State University of New York at Buffalo (1983-1984), and University of Utah (1984-1985). He is author of the books “Theory of Colloid and Interfacial Electric Phenomena (Elsevier, 2006), “Biophysical Chemistry of Biointerfaces” (Wiley, 2010), and “Encyclopedia of Biocolloid and Biointerface Science” (Wiley, 2016), and over 350 book chapters and journal publications reflecting his research interests in colloid and interface science (especially, theoretical studies on electrokinetics and electrostatic interactions of colloidal particles). He has been editing Colloid and Polymer Science since 2002. In 2016, Ohshima was awarded the 29th Khwarizmi International Award by the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology for his contribution to the theory of colloid and interfacial electric phenomena. In 2017, he was selected as one of Asia's top 100 scientists for 2017 (The Asian Scientist Magazine, June 2017).


Prof. Alexander Wittemann, Associate Editor

Alexander Wittemann has been a professor of colloid chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Konstanz, Germany, since 2011. He studied chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany and earned his doctorate in 2004, studying protein adsorption onto like-charged polyelectrolyte brushes. He then joined the Department of Physical Chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Supported by a research grant of the German Science Foundation (DFG), he was a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he was working on biodegradable polymer vesicles and their interactions with proteins. He then returned to the University of Bayreuth, where he started work on colloidal clusters. Alexander Wittemann received his habilitation in physical chemistry in 2011. His work was honored by the Science Award of the Universitätsverein Bayreuth in 2008. In the same year, he was granted a stipend from the Dr. Otto Röhm Gedächtnisstiftung (2008). In 2009, Alexander Wittemann was awarded the Richard-Zsigmondy-Scholarship of the German Colloid Society. His current research interests include stimuli-reponsive colloids, nanostructured polymer particles, protein adsorption, supracolloidal assembly, colloidal molecules, and nanoparticle fractionation. Since 2019, he has been first a guest and now an associate editor of Colloid of Polymer Science.