Jacob Israelachvili

Jacob Israelachvili

Professor Emeritus



(805) 893-8407
1200 Building 570

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Member of : 

National Academy of Engineering

Fellow of: 

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Amerian Physical Society, Royal Society of London, Australian Academy of Science


ACS National Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry; AIChE 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era; Adhesion Society Award; Materials Research Society Medal, Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research


Macromolecular and Biomolecular Materials, Materials & Interfaces

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

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