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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory


Eugene Terentjev studied in Moscow, obtaining the MSc in 1982 and PhD in 1985; then carried out postdoctoral research in Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio). After moving to Cambridge in 1992, he became a University Lecturer in 1998 and then Professor of Polymer Physics in 2005. He is a fellow of Queens' College where he is the Director of Studies in Natural Sciences.



Eugene Terentjev is an experienced theoretician in soft condensed matter physics. His research mainly focuses on structure and dynamical properties of complex materials: polymer systems, liquid crystals and colloids, with an increasing impact in molecular and cell biophysics (biological polymers, tissues and cell mechanics). He has worked extensively on the physics of liquid crystalline elastomers. The multidisciplinary research group combines the chemical synthesis facility, physical experimental laboratory, and theoretical modelling, is working in two main directions: new "exchangeable liquid crystal elastomer" materials and their application in mechanical actuation (ERC Advanced grant), and mechanosensing effects in cell and tissue development (BBSRC DTP).



Key publications: 

Rheology of vitrimers. F. Meng, M. O. Saed, E. M. Terentjev: Nature Comm. 13, 5753 (2022).

Why exercise builds muscles: Titin mechanosensing controls skeletal muscle growth under load. N. Ibata, E. M. Terentjev: Biophys. J. 120, 3649 (2021).

Enhanced dynamic adhesion in nematic liquid crystal elastomersT. Ohzono, M.O. Saed, E.M. Terentjev: Adv. Mater., 31, 1902642 (2019)

Universal kinetics of cell spreading on substrates of different stiffness. S. Bell, A.L. Redmann, E.M. Terentjev: Biophys. J.116, 551-559 (2018)

How cells feel: stochastic model for a molecular mechanosensor.  M. Escude, M.K. Rigozzi, E.M. Terentjev:  Biophys. J., 106, 124–133 (2014).

Mouldable liquid-crystalline elastomer actuators with exchangeable covalent bonds.  Z. Pei, Y. Yang, Q. Chen, E.M. Terentjev, Y.Wei, Y. Ji: Nature Mater13,  36-41 (2013).

A chain mechanism for flagellum growth.  L.D.B. Evans, S. Poulter, E.M. Terentjev, C. Hughes, G.M. Fraser: Nature504, 287-290 (2013).

Strength of nanotubes, filaments and nanowires from sonication-induced scission.  Y.Y. Huang, T.P.J. Knowles and E.M. Terentjev: Adv. Mater21, 1–4  (2009).

Photo-mechanical actuation in polymer-nanotube composites.  S.V. Ahir, E.M. Terentjev: Nature Mater. 4, 491–495 (2005).

The full list of publications can be found at


Professor of Polymer Physics
John Baldwin Fellow and Director of Studies, Queens' College
Professor Eugene  Terentjev

Contact Details

Email address: 
Room 925 Rutherford Building,
Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Avenue
+44 (0)1223 337003


Person keywords: 
Biological Physics
Soft Condensed Matter