Michael Benzaquen photo

Postdoctoral fellow

Currently at Capital Fund Management
CFM, 23 rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris

Former UMR CNRS 7083 Gulliver
ESPCI, 10 rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris
Email : michael.benzaquen AT espci.fr

  Research Interests

My research focusses on theoretical soft matter physics and hydrodynamics at interfaces. I am particularly interested in the dynamics of thin viscous films, the physics of wetting and adhesion, surface waves, liquid crystals on curved surfaces, and multiphase flows in porous media.

  List of Publications

20. PDF   Waltzing route towards double-helix formation in cholesteric shells photo
A. Darmon, M. Benzaquen, O. Dauchot and T. Lopez-Leon

19.    AFM study of boundary layers around micro- and nano-cylinders
J. Dupré de Baubigny, C. Devailly, M. Benzaquen, J. Laurent, A. Steinberger, J.-P. Aimé and T. Ondarçuhu

18. PDF   Wake and wave resistance on viscous thin films
R. Ledesma-Alonso, M. Benzaquen, T. Salez and E. Raphaël
Accepted in J. Fluid Mech.

17. PDF   Slip-mediated dewetting of polymer microdroplets
J. D. McGraw, T. S. Chan, S. Maurer, T. Salez, M. Benzaquen, E. Raphaël, M. Brinkmann and K. Jacobs
PNAS 113 (2016) 1168

16. PDF   Universal contact-line dynamics at the nanoscale photo
M. Rivetti, T. Salez, M. Benzaquen, E. Raphaël and O. Baumchen
Soft Matter 11 (2015) 9247 - [Journal Cover]

15. PDF   Symmetry plays a key role in the erasing of patterned surface features
M. Benzaquen*, M. Ilton*, M. V. Massa, T. Salez, P. Fowler, E. Raphaël and K. Dalnoki-Veress
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107 (2015) 053103

14. PDF   Shape and effective spring constant of liquid interfaces probed at the nanometer scale: Finite size effect
J. Dupré de Baubigny, M. Benzaquen, L. Fabié, M. Delmas, J.-P. Aimé, M. Legros and T. Ondarçuhu
Langmuir 31 (2015) 9790

13. PDF   Influence of slip on the Plateau-Rayleigh instability on a fibre
S. Haefner, M. Benzaquen, O. Bäumchen, T. Salez, R. Peters, J. D. McGraw, K. Jacobs, E. Raphaël and K. Dalnoki-Veress
Nature Communications 6 (2015) 7409

12. PDF   Two-phase flow in a chemically active porous medium photo
A. Darmon, M. Benzaquen, T. Salez and O. Dauchot
J. Chem. Phys. 141 (2014) 244704

11. PDF   Wake pattern and wave resistance for anisotropic moving disturbances
M. Benzaquen, A. Darmon and E. Raphaël
Physics of Fluids 26 (2014) 092106

10. PDF   Approach to universal self-similar attractor for the levelling of thin liquid films
M. Benzaquen*, P. Fowler*, L. Jubin, T. Salez, K. Dalnoki-Veress and E. Raphaël
Soft Matter 10 (2014) 8608 - [Journal Cover]

9. PDF   Viscoelastic effects and anomalous transient levelling exponents in thin films
M. Benzaquen, T. Salez and E. Raphaël
Europhys. Lett. 106 (2014) 36003

8. PDF   A direct quantitative measure of surface mobility in a glassy polymer photo
Y. Chai, T. Salez, J. D. McGraw, M. Benzaquen, K. Dalnoki-Veress, E. Raphaël and J. A. Forrest
Science 343 (2014) 994

7. PDF   Capillary levelling of a cylindrical hole in a viscous film
M. Backholm, M. Benzaquen, T. Salez, E. Raphaël and K. Dalnoki-Veress
Soft Matter 10 (2014) 2550

6. PDF   Kelvin wake pattern at large Froude numbers
A. Darmon, M. Benzaquen and E. Raphaël
J. Fluid Mech. 738 (2014) R3 - [JFM Rapids]

5. PDF   From adhesion to wetting of a soft particle
T. Salez, M. Benzaquen and E. Raphaël
Soft Matter 9 (2013) 10699 - [Journal Cover]

4. PDF   Relaxation and intermediate asymptotics of a rectangular trench in a viscous film photo
O. Bäumchen*, M. Benzaquen*, T. Salez, J. D. McGraw, M. Backholm, P. Fowler, E. Raphaël and K. Dalnoki-Veress
Phys. Rev. E 88 (2013) 035001

3. PDF   Intermediate asymptotics of the capillary-driven thin-film equation
M. Benzaquen, T. Salez and E. Raphaël
Eur. Phys. J. E 36 (2013) 82

2. PDF   Capillary-gravity waves on depth-dependent currents: Consequences for the wave resistance
M. Benzaquen and E. Raphaël
Europhys. Lett. 97 (2012) 14007

1. PDF   Wave resistance for capillary-gravity waves: Finite-size effects
M. Benzaquen, F. Chevy and E. Raphaël
Europhys. Lett. 96 (2011) 34003

  Related Publications and Others

POURLASCIENCE   La fragmentation en gouttes d'un liquide sur un fil, un phénomène glissant - M. Mashaal, Pour La Science (30-06-2015)

FRANCE CULTURE   Les savoirs de demain - Continent Sciences par Stéphane Deligeorges (15-06-2015)
E. Bouchaud, C. Wyart and M. Benzaquen

FOCUSONFLUIDS   Ship waves and Kelvin - F. Dias, Focus on Fluids 746 (2014) 1-4 photo

PHYSORG   Physicists solve 20-year-old debate surrounding glassy surfaces - Phys.org (28-02-2014)

LEFIGARO   En surface, certains verres coulent comme du miel - Tristan Vey, Le Figaro (05-03-2014)

LEMONDE   Le verre froid s'écoule comme du miel - D. Larousserie, Le Monde (03-03-2014)

ESPCIACTUALITES   Et pourtant il coule ! - Actualités ESPCI (27-02-2014)

SCIENCEPERSPECTIVES   The surface mobility of glasses
F. Chen, C.-H. Lam and O. K. C. Tsui, Science Perspectives 343 (2014) 975

PHYSICSWORLD   Reawakening the Kelvin wake - H. Johnston, Blog physicsworld (02-10-2013)

LEMONDE   Le sillage des bateaux trahit leur vitesse - D. Larousserie, Le Monde (27-11-2013)

LARECHERCHE   Le sillage des bateaux provoque des remous chez les physiciens - V. Glavieux, La Recherche 482 (28-11-2013) 24

  Conferences and Seminars

Market Microstructure Workshop, CFM-Imperial Institute, Londres, UK (Dec 2015)

PMMH, ESPCI ParisTech, Paris, France (Dec 2015)
From ship wakes to insect locomotion

Ladhyx, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France (Oct 2015)
Ship wakes unravelled

Laboratoire de Physique, ENS Lyon, France (Sept 2015)
Interplay between topology and elasticity and in liquid crystal shells

Institut Lumière Matière, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France (Sept 2015)
Self-similar relaxation of thin liquid films: A sensitive probe

SFP Congrès général, Strasbourg, France (Aug 2015)
Waltzing deffects in cholesteric liquid crystal shells

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Lindau, Germany (June 2015)

GDR Physique des ondes en milieux complexes et aux interfaces, Institut Langevin, Paris, France (June 2015)
Ondes et sillages à la surface de l'eau

Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (IMFT), France (June 2015)
Waves and wakes at different scales

APS March Meeting, San Antonio, USA (March 2015)
Kelvin wake pattern at large Froude numbers

Ladhyx, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France (Feb 2015)
Dynamics of thin liquid films

Capital Fund Management, Paris, France (Feb 2015)
Waves and wakes

PC Focus, Paris, France (Jan 2015)
Water waves at different scales

GDR Liquides aux Interfaces, Bordeaux, France (Oct 2014)
Kelvin or not Kelvin?

Dynamics at Interfaces, OIST, Okinawa, Japan (June 2014)
From adhesion to wetting of a soft particle

Forum des Microscopies à Sonde Locale, Montauban, France (March 2014)
Nanoreology of thin liquid films

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation, Göttingen, Germany (Jan 2014)
Water waves at different scales: From ship wakes to insect locomotion

International Soft Matter Conference, Rome, Italie (Sept 2013)
Convergence to self-similar regimes and energy dissipation in a thin liquid film

Laboratoire CEMES, Toulouse, France (Mai 2013)
Levelling of a thin liquid film as a probe for nanoreology

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany (Feb 2013)
Self-similar solutions of the capillary-driven thin film equation

McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada (March 2013)
The fascinating world of water waves at small scales

APS March Meeting, Baltimore, USA (March 2013)
Convergence to self-similar regimes in thin film geometries

GDR Liquides aux Interfaces, Lyon, France (Nov 2012)
Understanding the dynamics of thin liquid films

Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan (Mai 2012)
On capillary-gravity waves


  ESPCI ParisTech

Mathematics - 1st year

Soutien 1    Fonctions d'une variable complexe
Soutien 2    Intégration dans le plan complexe
Soutien 3    Calcul des résidus et intégration
Soutien 4    Transformation de Fourier
Soutien 5    Distributions

Tutorat 1    Transformations conformes
Tutorat 2    Electromagnétisme dans les milieux
Tutorat 3    Le sillage des bateaux

Mathematics - 2nd year

Tutorat 1    Equation des films minces
Tutorat 2    Calcul des variations
Tutorat 3    Percolation


Classical Electrodynamics and Linear Optics - 3rd year (L3)
Classical Mecanics and System Dynamics - 1st year (L1)
OIP Orientation et Insertion Professionnelle - 1st year (L1)


Jury for bibliographic projects - 4th year (M1)
Referee for Master's thesis - Master (M2)

  Lycée Saint Louis

Computer Science for Physics - 2nd year (PSI*)

TD1E   TD1C    Fluide de Van der Waals
TD2E   TD2C    Interférences et Diffraction
TD3E   TD3C    Electrostatique
TD4E   TD4C    Comportement des Oscillateurs
TD5E   TD5C    Analyse de Fourier
TD6E   TD6C    Phénomènes de Tranport

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  Useful Links

ESPCI   UMR CNRS 7083 Gulliver   My PhD Thesis