Congratulations, Omkar, on your doctor title!
On Friday, January 16th, Omkar Deshmukh successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Soft Microgel Particles at Fluid Interfaces”. The work covers many aspects of the behavior of temperature sensitive PNIPAM microgel particles upon adsorption to air-water and oil-water interfaces. It highlights the prominent role of elastic deformations of these very open and soft gel networks that stretch by more than 100%, as Omkar revealed amongst other things by careful surface pressure measurement. The defense was attended live by Omkar’s larger family back in India and by his wife and son directly in Twente. We wish Omkar and his family all the best for the future.