Jacob Judas Kain Kirkensgaard

Jacob Judas Kain Kirkensgaard

Associate Professor

My background is from soft matter and polymer physics and my main expertise is small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering techniques - both experimentally and in terms of advanced data analysis and computational modeling. My own research is centred around mesoscale self-assembly and the formation of geometrically and topologically complex structures in soft matter systems ranging from fundamental studies of polymers to biological membranes, food and colloids, farmaceutical systems, energy applications and much more. 

I am heading the Structural Food Physics and Soft Matter Self-Assembly group at the University of Copenhagen (UCph) Nanoscience Center employed in a joint position between the Dept. Of Food Science and the Niels Bohr Institute. I have also initiated and head the CXC - the Cross-disciplinary X-ray Center which now runs all SAXS infrastructure at the SCIENCE faculty at UCph. Further, I am the UCph branch manager for LINX and thus part of the connection between danish industry and the new large scale facilities in Lund, MAX-IV and ESS where I have tight connections as a fellow and work group leader of the swedish LINXS. 

Find out more at my personal website or on my Nano-Science Center group page




Liquid Food Processing [2019-present]

I am course responsible and main lecturer on the third year course on Liquid Food Production on the Food Science education at University of Copenhagen.

Food Physics [2020-present]

Together with Poul Marting Bendix from NBI I am running the first year course on Food Physics on the Food Science education at University of Copenhagen.

Neutron Scattering [2020-present]

I lecture about SANS on the Niels Bohr Institute master course on Neutron Scattering.

Experimental X-ray Physics [2021-present]

I lecture about SAXS on the Niels Bohr Institute master course on Experimental X-ray Physics.

Structural Tools in Nanoscience [2022-present]

I lecture about x-ray and neutron scattering on the Nano-science master course Structural Tools in Nanoscience.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Mapping hyperbolic order in curved materials

    Pedersen, M. C., Hyde, S. T., Ramsden, S. & Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain, 2023, In: Soft Matter. 2023, 19, p. 1586-1595 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Hierarchical self-assembly of a striped gyroid formed by threaded chiral mesoscale networks

    Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain, Evans, M., de Campo, L. & Hyde, S. T., 13 Jan 2014, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS). 111, 4, p. 1271-1276

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    In situ SAXS study of non-fat milk model systems during heat treatment and acidification

    Li, R., Jæger, T. C., Rovers, T. A. M., Svensson, B., Ipsen, Richard, Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain & Hougaard, Anni Bygvrå, 2022, In: Food Research International. 157, 11 p., 111292.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Curvature in Biological Systems: Its Quantification, Emergence, and Implications across the Scales

    Schamberger, B., Ziege, R., Anselme, K., Ben Amar, M., Bykowski, M., Castro, A. P. G., Cipitria, A., Coles, R. A., Dimova, R., Eder, M., Ehrig, S., Escudero, L. M., Evans, M. E., Fernandes, P. R., Fratzl, P., Geris, L., Gierlinger, N., Hannezo, E., Iglič, A., Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain, Kollmannsberger, P., Kowalewska, Ł., Kurniawan, N. A., Papantoniou, I., Pieuchot, L., Pires, T. H. V., Renner, L. D., Sageman-Furnas, A. O., Schröder-Turk, G. E., Sengupta, A., Sharma, V. R., Tagua, A., Tomba, C., Trepat, X., Waters, S. L., Yeo, E. F., Roschger, A., Bidan, C. M. & Dunlop, J. W. C., 2023, In: Advanced Materials. 35, 13, 23 p., 2206110.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReviewResearchpeer-review

Selected prizes

  1. Niels Bohr Instituttets JENS MARTIN undervisningspris 2016

    Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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