Jacob Israelachvili

Jacob Israelachvili

Professor Emeritus
Research Professor


(805) 893-8407
Building 570 Room 1200
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

Assistant Contact Information: 

Phyllis Ayers
(805) 893-8407
Bldg 570 room 1201

ChemE Research Areas: 


2012  AAAS (Elected Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science).
2004  MRS Medal, awarded for recent work on adhesion and friction.
2004  NAS (Elected to the US National Academy of Science in the area of Engineering Science).
1996  NAE (Elected Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering).
1991  Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research: AICHE.
1988  FRS (Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London).

Research Description: 

Professor Israelachvili's research interests are in the general area of intermolecular and intersurface forces in complex fluid, biological and materials systems. He uses the Surface Forces Apparatus and other techniques for directly measuring the forces between surfaces in liquids and vapors, and for studying other interfacial and thin film phenomena at the molecular level. Specific projects currently include: non-equilibrium interactions (e.g., adhesion and friction), and developing new experimental techniques.

  • Surfaces & thin films
  • Adhesion & bioadhesion
  • Molecular & hydrodynamic forces


BS: University of Cambridge, Christ's College
PhD: Surface Physics, University of Cambridge - Cavendish Laboratory

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