James Wilking, Ph.D.

James Wilking, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

E-mail: james.wilking@coe.montana.edu
Phone: 406-994-6129
Office: 314 EPS

Mailing Address:
PO Box 173920
Bozeman, MT 59717-3920

Shipping Address:
306 Cobleigh Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-3920


  • EBIO 439: Bioseparations (Spring 2014)


  • B.S./M.S. in Chemistry from Rutgers University, Camden, NJ (2002)
  • PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (2008)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Harvard University (2008-2011)
  • Research Associate in the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Harvard University (2011-2013)

Research Interests

Soft materials and complex fluids, physical and material properties of microbial biofilms, colloidal and nanomaterials synthesis with specific applications in pharmaceutical formulations, mechanics of soft materials, micromechanics, microfluidics, developmental biology, biomaterials, emulsions, colloids, small angle neutron scattering, imaging and microscopy, optical trapping

Current Lab Openings

If you are interested in joining my lab, please contact me at the email address listed above.


A. Clark, C. Shi, B. Ng, J. N. Wilking, A. Ayzner, A. Stieg, B. Schwartz, T. Mason, Y. Rubin, S. Tolbert, Self-assembling semiconducting polymers-rods and gels from electronic materials, ACS Nano, 7, 962 (2013).

J. N. Kheir, B. D. Polizzotti, L. M. Thomson, D. W. O’Connell, K. J. Black, R. W. Lee, J. N. Wilking, A. C. Graham, D. C. Bell, F. X. McGowan, Bulk Manufacture of Concentrated Oxygen Gas-Filled Microparticles for Intravenous Oxygen Delivery, Adv. Healthcare Mater. Early View Online (2013).

J. N. Wilking, V. Zaburdaev, M. De Volder, R. Losick, M. P. Brenner, D. A. Weitz, Liquid transport facilitated by channels in Bacillus subtilis biofilms, PNAS, 110, 848 (2013).

Featured in Editors’ Choice, Science, 339, 121 (2013).

Featured in Research Highlights, Nature Reviews Microbiology, 11, 73 (2013).

W. J. Duncanson, M. Zieringer, O. Wagner, J. N. Wilking, A. Abbaspourrad, R. Haag, D. A. Weitz, Microfluidic synthesis of monodisperse porous microspheres with size-tunable pores, Soft Matter, 8, 10636 (2012).

P. J. Lu, F. Giavazzi, T. E. Angelini, E. Zaccarelli, F. Jargstorff, A. B. Schofield, J. N. Wilking, M. B. Romanowsky, D. A. Weitz, and R. Cerbino, Characterizing concentrated, multiply-scattering and actively-driven fluorescent systems with Confocal Differential Dynamic Microscopy (ConDDM), Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 218103 (2012).

A. Seminara, T. E. Angelini, J. N. Wilking, H. Vlamakis, S. Ebrahim, R. Kolter, D. A. Weitz, and M. P. Brenner, Osmotic spreading of Bacillus subtilis biofilms driven by an extracellular matrix, PNAS, 109, 1116 (2012).

J. N. Wilking, T. E. Angelini, A. Seminara, M. P. Brenner, and D. A. Weitz. Biofilms as complex fluids, MRS Bulletin, 26, 385 (2011).

J. N. Wilking, C. B. Chang, M. M. Fryd, L. Porcar and T. G. Mason, Shear-induced disruption of dense nanoemulsion gels, Langmuir, 27, 9 (2011).

J. N. Wilking and T. G. Mason, Optically driven nonlinear rotational microrheology of gelatin, Phys. Rev. E. 77 (2008).

J. N. Wilking and T. G. Mason, Multiple trapped states and angular Kramers hopping of complex dielectric shapes in a simple optical trap, Europhys. Lett. 81, 58005 (2008).

Optical manipulation of the colloidal alphabet featured in: Down to the Letter, Nature Technology Feature, 446, 940 (2007). ‘Design and the Elastic Mind’ Exhibition Website, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

J. N. Wilking and T. G. Mason, Irreversible shear-induced vitrification of droplets into elastic nanoemulsions by extreme rupturing, Phys. Rev. E. 75, 041407 (2007).

H. Guo, J. N. Wilking, D. Liang, T. G. Mason, J. L. Harden, and R. L. Leheny, Slow, nondiffusive dynamics in concentrated nanoemulsions, Phys. Rev. E. 75, 041401 (2007).

T. G. Mason, J. N. Wilking, K. Meleson, C. B. Chang, S. M. Graves, Nanoemulsions: formation, structure, and physical properties, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 18, R635 (2006).

Featured in IoP Condensed Matter: Top Papers 2006 Showcase

T. G. Mason, S. M. Graves, J. N. Wilking and M. Y. Lin, Effective structure factor of osmotically deformed nanoemulsions, Journal of Physical Chemistry: B 110, 44, 22097 (2006).

T. G. Mason, S. M. Graves, J. N. Wilking, M.Y. Lin, Extreme emulsification: formation and structure of nanoemulsions, Condensed Matter Physics 45, 193 (2006).

J. N. Wilking, S. M. Graves, C. B. Chang, K. Meleson, M. Y. Lin and T. G. Mason, Dense cluster formation during aggregation and gelation of attractive slippery nanoemulsion droplets, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 015501, (2006).

Featured in the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology

S. Graves, K. Meleson, J. Wilking, M. Y. Lin and T. G. Mason, Structure of concentrated nanoemulsions, J. Chem. Phys. 122, 134703 (2005).

J. N. Wilking, B. Hsieh and G. A. Arbuckle-Keil, Chlorine precursor route to poly(2-phenoxy p-phenylene vinylene): synthesis and characterization, Synth. Met. 149, 63 (2005).

Featured on the cover of Synthetic Metals.

J. N. Wilking, C. J. Manning and G. A. Arbuckle-Keil, Characterization of an optoelectronic polymer, poly(2-phenoxy p-phenylene vinylene), and its precursor polymer by dynamic infrared spectroscopy, Applied Spectroscopy 53, 304 (2004).

G. A. Arbuckle-Keil, Y. Liszewski, J. Wilking and B. Hsieh, In situ analysis of the thermal elimination reaction in the synthesis of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) and PPV derivatives, ed. J. E. Puskas, T. E. Long and R. F. Storey (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, NY, 2003), pp. 173-186.


“Elastic Vitrification of Emulsions by Droplet Rupturing,” Thomas G. Mason, James N. Wilking, Sara M. Graves, Kieche Meleson, US Pat. App. 12/518,792, filed Jan. 22, 2008.

“Systems and Methods for Producing Multi-Component Colloidal Structures,” Thomas G. Mason and James N. Wilking, US Pat. App. 12/670,913, filed Aug. 27, 2008.

“Systems and Methods of Templating Using Particles such as Colloidal Particles,” David A. Weitz, Roland S. Koltzenburg, Jens B. Rieger, Andre R. Studart and James N. Wilking, Int. Pat. App. PCT/US2010/000748, filed Dec. 03, 2010.