Eric Dufresne

Eric Dufresne

Materials Science & Engineering
Thurston Hall, Room 233


Eric joined the Cornell faculty in the summer 2023. He is a member of the departments of Materials Sciences and Engineering and Physics. Before coming to Cornell in 2023, he was a professor at ETH Zürich and Yale University.  He was a postdoc at Harvard, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, and was a undergrad at Yale.

Research Interests

The Laboratory of Soft and Living Materials focuses on biological and biologically-inspired materials.  Our research is focused on quantitative physical experiments, but integrates elements of cell biology, biochemistry, and theory as needed.

Selected Publications

  • Etienne Jambon-Puillet, Andrea Testa, Charlotta M Lorenz, Robert W Style, Aleksander Rebane, Eric Robert Dufresne, “Phase-Separated Droplets Swim to Their Dissolution” bioRxiv (2023)
  • Carla Fernández-Rico, Sanjay Schreiber, Hamza Oudich, Charlotta Lorenz, Alba Sicher, Tianqi Sai, Stefanie Heyden, Pietro Carrara, Laura De Lorenzis, Robert W. Style, Eric R. Dufresne “Elastic Microphase Separation Produces Robust Bicontinuous Materials” arXiv (2023)
  • Maria Feofilova, Silvan Schüepp, Roman Schmid, Florian Hacker, Hendrik T. Spanke, Nicolas Bain, Katharine E. Jensen, Eric R. Dufresne “Geometrical frustration of phase-separated domains in Coscinodiscus diatom frustules” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (2022)
  • Thomas J. Böddeker, Kathryn A. Rosowski, Doris Berchtold, Leonidas Emmanouilidis, Yaning Han, Frédéric H. T. Allain, Robert W. Style, Lucas Pelkmans, Eric R. Dufresne ” Non-specific adhesive forces between filaments and membraneless organelles” Nature Physics (2022)
  • C. Fernandez-Rico, T. Sai, A. Sicher, R. W. Style, and E. R. Dufresne “Putting the Squeeze on Phase Separation”  JACS Au (2021)
  • N. Bain, A. Jagota, K. Smith-Mannschott, S. Heyden, R. Style, E.R. Dufresne ”Surface tension and the strain-dependent topography of soft solids”Physical Review Letters (2021)
  • V. Saranathan, S. Narayanan, A., E.R. Dufresne, R. O. Prum, “Single Gyroid and Inverse b.c.c. Photonic Crystals in Bird Feathers” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (2021) 
  • H.T. Spanke, R. W. Style, C. François-Martin, M. Feofilova, M. Eisentraut, H. Kress, J. Agudo-Canalejo, E. R. Dufresne, “Wrapping of Microparticles by Floppy Lipid Vesicles” Phys. Rev. Lett. (2020)
  • K.A. Rosowski*, T. Sai*, R.W. Style, E.R. Dufresne “Elastic ripening and inhibition of liquid-liquid phase separation” Nature Physics (2020)

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2022 Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2014 Soft Matter Lectureship, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2014 Graduate Mentor Award in the Natural Sciences, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • 2013 Dylan Hixon ’88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences, Yale College