Dr. Vincent Arnaud Martinez

Research Associate
Research Theme:
Condensed Matter and Photonics
Research Group:
Hard Condensed Matter
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0)131 650 8617
School of Physics and Astronomy, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD, United Kingdom

Research interests

  • Physics of active particle (self-propelled particles such as microrganisms) suspensions
  • Swimming microorganisms in complex environment
  • Diffusion in complex polymeric media
  • Dynamics and structure of concentrated colloidal suspensions (e.g. hard spheres, anisotropic magnetic colloid, ...)
  • Phase transitions, e.g. freezing transition, glass transition
  • New methods for high-throughput characterisation of the motility of microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, algae, spermatozoa)

Techniques: Light Scattering (SLS and DLS), X-ray scattering (SAXS and XPCS), Differential Dynamic Microscopy


  • Probes of Soft Matter: Static and Dynamic Light scattering

  • Junior Honours: Experimental Physics Laboratory

Research outputs

  1. Hook length of the bacterial flagellum is optimized for maximal stability of the flagellar bundle DOI
    Imke Spöring, Vincent A Martinez, Christian Hotz, Jana Schwarz-Linek, Keara L Grady, Josué M Nava-Sedeño, Teun Vissers, Hanna M Singer, Manfred Rohde, Carole Bourquin et al., PLoS Biology, 16, 9 (2018)
  2. Probing the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Catalytic Janus Particles with Single-Particle Tracking and Differential Dynamic Microscopy DOI
    Christina Kurzthaler, Clémence Devailly, Jochen Arlt, Thomas Franosch, Wilson C. K. Poon, Vincent A. Martinez and Aidan T. Brown, Physical Review Letters, 121, 7 (2018)
  3. Bacteria as living patchy colloids: Phenotypic heterogeneity in surface adhesion DOI
    Teun Vissers, Aidan Brown, Nikolaos Koumakis, Angela Dawson, Michiel Hermes, Jana Schwarz-Linek, Andrew Schofield, Joseph French, Vasileios Koutsos, Jochen Arlt et al., Science Advances (2018)
  4. Painting with light-powered bacteria DOI
    Jochen Arlt, Vincent A. Martinez, Angela Dawson, Teuta Pilizota and Wilson C. K. Poon, Nature Communications, 9, 1 (2018)
  5. Osmotaxis in Escherichia coli through changes in motor speed DOI
    Jerko Rosko, Vincent Martinez, Wilson Poon and Teuta Pilizota, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114, 38 , p. 7969-7976 (2017)
  6. Escherichia coli as a model active colloid DOI
    Jana Schwarz-Linek, Jochen Arlt, Alys Jepson, Angela Dawson, Teun Vissers, Dario Miroli, Teuta Pilizota, Vincent A. Martinez and Wilson C K Poon, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 137, p. 2-16 (2016)
  7. Filling an Emulsion Drop with Motile Bacteria DOI
    I. D. Vladescu, E. J. Marsden, J. Schwarz-Linek, V. A. Martinez, J. Arlt, A. N. Morozov, D. Marenduzzo, M. E. Cates and W. C. K. Poon, Physical Review Letters, 113, 26 (2014)
  8. Flagellated bacterial motility in polymer solutions DOI
    Vincent A. Martinez, Jana Schwarz-Linek, Mathias Reufer, Laurence G. Wilson, Alexander N. Morozov and Wilson C. K. Poon, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 50 , p. 17771-17776 (2014)
  9. Exposing a dynamical signature of the freezing transition through the sound propagation gap DOI
    V. A. Martinez, E. Zaccarelli, E. Sanz, C. Valeriani and W. van Megen, Nature Communications, 5 (2014)
  10. Switching of Swimming Modes in Magnetospirillium gryphiswaldense DOI
    M. Reufer, R. Besseling, J. Schwarz-Linek, V.A. Martinez, A.N. Morozov, J. Arlt, D. Trubitsyn, F.B. Ward and W.C.K. Poon, Biophysical Journal, 106, 1 , p. 37-46 (2014)
Last updated: 19 Feb 2018 at 21:11