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Durham University

Durham Centre for Soft Matter

News

Dr Clare Mahon

1 October 2019

Welcome to Dr Clare Mahon

We are delighted to welcome Dr Clare Mahon on her first day in Durham as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and a member of the Centre for Soft Matter. Clare's research is currently focussed on the design and synthesis of polymers which can selectively recognise bacterial toxins, or bacterial surface proteins. These materials have applications in diagnostics, water purification and the production of new antimicrobial materials.

7 August 2019

Curious Kids: bubbles

Elena Patyukova (Chemistry) and Ed Llewellin (Earth Sciences) have responded to a question from Curious Kids on The Conversation: "Why are the bubbles in fizzy drinks so small? The ones I blow are much bigger." You can read the article here — and find out about the connection between bubbles in fizzy drinks and erupting volcanoes.

18 July 2019

CCP5 Simulation Summer School held in Durham

Durham University has hosted 74 UK and international participants for the CCP5 Simulation Summer School for the first of three years. The School included a two-day introduction to programming in Python and modern Fortran, five days on general theory and methods of simulation, and three days on advanced topics, including mesoscale modelling, simulation of biological systems, and ab initio simulation. The organisers were Dr Paola Carbone (Manchester), Dr Alin Elena (Daresbury Laboratory), Dr Colin Freeman (Sheffield) and Dr Mark Miller (Durham).

CCP5 participants
Dr Matteo Degiacomi

17 June 2019

Dr Matteo Degiacomi appointed to Assistant Professorship in Physics

Congratulations to Dr Matteo Degiacomi, who has been appointed to an Assistant Professorship in Physics. Matteo already holds an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship and is currently based in the Chemistry Department at Durham. You can read about Matteo's research on his website.

29 April 2019

Special issue of Polymers

Dr Richard Thompson, together with Dr Michael Weir (University of Sheffield), will be Guest Editor for a special issue of the journal Polymers on "Polymers and Neutron Scattering". Manuscripts can be submitted until 30 September 2019.

Dr Matthew Kitching

12 April 2019

Dr Matthew Kitching appointed to Assistant Professorship in Chemistry

Congratulations to Dr Matthew Kitching, who has been appointed to an Assistant Professorship in organic chemistry. Matt was already a member of the Chemistry Department and of the Centre for Soft Matter as a Royal Society University Research Fellow and we are delighted that he has now secured a permanent post. He will be working on chiral ammoniums, molecular walkers, and autonomous droplet reactors.

Dr Kislon Voitchovsky

11 April 2019

EPSRC Fellowship for Dr Kislon Voitchovsky

Congratulations to Dr Kislon Voitchovsky, who has been awarded an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship worth £1.17M for five years starting in October 2019. Kislon will be using the Fellowship for research on local tracking of single ion dynamics at solid-liquid interfaces. More details are available at EPSRC's web site.

5 February 2019

Centre for Doctoral Training renewed

Our Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) has been renewed for another five years by EPSRC. The CDT for Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI) becomes the CDT for Soft Matter and Formulation for Industrial Innovation (SOFI2) and is recruiting a cohort of PhD students for September 2019. As before, the CDT is a joint venture between Durham University (50%), The University of Leeds (25%) and the University of Edinburgh (25%). Visit the CDT's website to read more about how it works and how to apply.

Dr Alyssa Avestro

2 January 2019

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship for Dr Alyssa Avestro

Congratulations and farewell to Dr Alyssa Avestro, who starts a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York today. Alyssa was an 1851 Commission Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Durham and an active member of the Centre for Soft Matter. Alyssa has ongoing collaborations at Durham, so we will continue to see her here on a regular basis.