Adam Cohen Simonsen

Associate Professor at Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy
Telephone: +45 6550 3527
Email: adam[at]

Short CV


  • 1999 PhD in Physics. University of Southern Denmark (SDU). Thesis title: “Quantitative surface analysis: Importance of electron energy loss”.
  • 1997 Master of science (M.Sc.) in physics and chemistry. Odense University.
  • 1993 Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)


  • 2006 Associate professor (lektor) in biophysics, University of Southern Denmark (since 2006)
  • 2002-2006: Assistant professor (adjunkt), Memphys – Center for Biomembrane Physics (SDU)
  • 2000-2002: Postdoc, Department of Physics, Danish Technical University (DTU)
  • 1999-2000: Postdoc, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University (AU)

Research Interests

High resolution studies of biomolecular interfaces. We develop and use state-of-the-art techniques for fabricating and characterizing interface structures in particular model membranes. Our lab has developed spincoating for fabrication of supported membranes and has discovered orientational texture in lipid bilayers. We are interested in a broad range of colloid and interface phenomena having both fundamental and applied relevance.
Examples of research topics: Membrane repair and membrane curvature, domain formation in membranes, membrane texture, protein-lipid interactions, food biophysics and dairy science, wetting and capillary phenomena, composite materials. Techniques: Atomic force microscopy (AFM), force-spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, imaging ellipsometry. Development of new image analysis algorithms. New sample types. Design and construction of experimental equipment.