Daphne Klotsa


Contact information

Postal address:

Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Rd

Cambridge CB2 1EW, UK

Email: adk37 AT cam.ac.uk
dklotsa AT umich.edu


  1. I spent part of the summer at Harvard (SEAS) as a visiting scholar in Michael Brenner's group.

  2. I won EURAXESS North America competition for Marie-Curie fellows and was invited to give a popular science talk about my work at Columbia University. Here's the video of me speaking about packing, the other talks and the flyer of the event.

  3. Three papers published:

  4. 1. Complexity in surfaces of densest packings for families of polyhedra in PRX. Plus coverage as a Synopsis, physicsworld article and the New Scientist.

  5. 2. Emergent collective phenomena in a mixture of hard spheres through active rotation in PRL. And on the Michigan news.

  6. 3. Understanding shape entropy through local dense packing in PNAS.

  1. I gave an invited talk at the 27th workshop on Recent Developments in Computer Simulation Studies in Condensed Matter Physics University of Georgia, February 2014.

  1. This is a video of me speaking about granular dynamics at CSAWW (Complex System Academic Advanced Workshops), University of Michigan.

I am a Marie-Curie post-doctoral fellow in Daan Frenkel's group at the University of Cambridge UK in Theoretical Chemistry. Previously I worked with Sharon Glotzer at the University of Michigan in Chemical Engineering.

I am interested in self-assembly, packing, granular dynamics, the role of the shape in soft matter systems, fluid dynamics, swimmers and active matter.

History (full CV here)

2014-2015 Marie-Curie Postdoctoral fellow, Cambridge, U.K.

2014 Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, U.S.A.

2012-2014 Marie-Curie Postdoctoral fellow, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

2011-2012 Research Fellow, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

2009-2011 Research Fellow, University of Bath, U.K.

2005-2009 PhD Physics, University of Nottingham, U.K.

2003-2004 MSc (by Research) University of Warwick, U.K.

2000-2003 BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Warwick, U.K.