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Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja

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Lecturer in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43627
Room number: 229

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Research Interests

Our group is interested in theoretical and computational soft matter and biophysics. Our work is interdisciplinary, lying at the interface between Physics, Chemistry, Engineering and Biology. We are also part of the Durham Centre for Soft Matter, the Biophysical Sciences Institute, and the SOFI CDT. See here for more detailed descriptions.

We always welcome talented undergraduates, PhD students, Postdocs and visitors who want to work with us. Please contact Halim Kusumaatmaja by email if you are thinking of joining us. 

Research Groups

Centre for Materials Physics

  • Theory and simulation of soft condensed matter and biological physics

Department of Physics

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Semprebon, C., McHale, G. & Kusumaatmaja, H. (2017). Apparent Contact Angle and Contact Angle Hysteresis on Liquid Infused Surfaces. Soft Matter 13(1): 101-110.
  • Panter, J.R. & Kusumaatmaja, H. (2017). The impact of surface geometry, cavitation, and condensation on wetting transitions: posts and reentrant structures. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 29(8): 084001.
  • Kusumaatmaja, H, Hemingway, E. J. & Fielding, S. M. (2016). Moving contact line dynamics: from diffuse to sharp interfaces. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 788: 209-227.
  • Mehta, D., Chen, J., Chen, D. Z., Kusumaatmaja, H. & Wales, D. J. (2016). Network of Minima of the Thomson Problem and Smale's 7th Problem. Physical Review Letters 117(2): 028301.
  • Paillusson, F., Pennington, M. R. & Kusumaatmaja, H. (2016). Phase Separation on Bicontinuous Cubic Membranes: Symmetry Breaking, Re-entrant and Domain Facetting. Physical Review Letters 117(5): 058101.
  • Semprebon, C., Krüger, T. & Kusumaatmaja, H. (2016). Ternary Free Energy Lattice Boltzmann Model with Tunable Surface Tensions and Contact Angles. Physical Review E: covering statistical, nonlinear, biological, and soft matter physics 93(3): 033305.
  • Kusumaatmaja, H. & Majumdar, A. (2015). Free energy pathways of a Multistable Liquid Crystal Device. Soft Matter 11(24): 4809-4817.
  • Kusumaatmaja, H. (2015). Surveying the free energy landscapes of continuum models: Application to soft matter systems. The Journal of Chemical Physics 142(12): 124112.
  • Mochizuki, K., Whittleston, C.S., Somani, S., Kusumaatmaja, H. & Wales, D.J. (2014). A conformational factorisation approach for estimating the binding free energies of macromolecules. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16(7): 2842-2853.
  • Kusumaatmaja, H. & Wales, D.J. (2013). Defect motifs for constant mean curvature surfaces. Physical Review Letters 110(16): 165502.
  • Kusumaatmaja, H., Lipowsky, R., Jin, C. Mutihac, R.-C. & Riegler, H. (2012). Nonisomorphic nucleation pathways arising from morphological transitions of liquid channels. Physical Review Letters 108(12): 126102.
  • Kusumaatmaja, H. & Lipowsky, R. (2011). Droplet-induced budding transitions of membranes. Soft Matter 7(15): 6914-6919.
  • Kusumaatmaja, H., Li, Y., Dimova, R. & Lipowsky, R. (2009). Intrinsic contact angle of aqueous phases at membranes and vesicles. Physical Review Letters 103(23): 238103.
  • Kusumaatmaja, H. , Blow, M.L., Dupuis, A. & Yeomans, J.M. (2008). The collapse transition on superhydrophobic surfaces. EPL (Europhysics Letters) 81(3): 36003.
  • Kusumaatmaja, H. & Yeomans, J. M. (2007). Modeling contact angle hysteresis on chemically patterned and superhydrophobic surfaces. Langmuir 23(11): 6019-6032.

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