Dr François Peaudecerf


  • 2016-2017: Research Associate, University of Cambridge
  • 2012-2016: Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge
  • 2009-2012: Corps des Mines, École des Mines de Paris 
  • 2006-2009: Undergraduate studies, École Polytechnique (Paris)


I am a member of the Biological Physics research group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP).  I am interested in microbial communities, particularly mutualistic interactions between micro-algae and bacteria. I am also interested in interfacial phenomena, currently working on projects investigating the impact of surfactant on superhydrophobic surfaces.

keywords: algae, bacteria, mutualism, symbiosis,population dynamics, diffusive nutrient transport, active suspension, microfluidics, chemotaxis, surfactant, superhydrophobic surfaces, drag reduction


F. Peaudecerf, J. R. Landel, R. E. Goldstein, and P. Luzzatto-Fegiz, "Traces of surfactants can severely limit the drag reduction of superhydrophobic surfaces", PNAS in press (2017)

S. Widder et al., "Challenges in microbial ecology: building predictive understanding of community function and dynamics.", The ISME Journal, 10, 2557–2568 (2016)

F. Peaudecerf and R. Goldstein, "Feeding ducks, bacterial chemotaxis and the Gini index", Physical Review E, 92, 022701 (2015)

K. Alim, G. Amselem, F. Peaudecerf, M. Brenner, and A. Pringle, "Random network peristalsis in Physarum polycephalum organizes fluid flows across an individual". PNAS, 110, 13306-13311 (2013)

W. Kim, F. Peaudecerf, M. W. Baldwin, and J. W. M. Bush, "The hummingbird’s tongue: a self-assembling capillary syphon", Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279, 4990 (2012)

J. W. M. Bush, F. Peaudecerf, M. Prakash, and D. Quéré, "On a tweezer for droplets". Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 161, 10-14 (2010)