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Durham Centre for Soft Matter


April 2018

New Knowledge Transfer Partnership

A new Knowledge Transfer Partnership KTPs has just been awarded between AGMA Limited (Haltwhistle, Northumberland) and Durham University (DCSM members, Dr Ritu Kataky and Dr Richard Thompson). Agma is one of the leading producers of protective coatings for pipes used in oil & gas exploration. KTP projects exploit specialist knowledge and understanding within universities and apply them to real-life applications where their impact can have a positive benefit. A two year post for a knowledge transfer associate will be advertised shortly.

Prof. Tom McLeish FRS

February 2018

Farewell to Prof. Tom McLeish

We wish Tom McLeish well as he leaves Durham to take up his new Chair in Natural Philosophy at the University of York. We will have a chance to thank Tom for everything he has done for DCSM at a farewell symposium on 29 May 2018, and we look forward to ongoing interactions and collaborations with him.

November 2017

Summer School announcement
CCP5 Simulation School
Summer 2019, 2020 and 2021

Durham will be hosting the CCP5 Simulation Summer School, currently held at Lancaster University, for three years starting in 2019. The local organisers are Mark Miller, Halim Kusumaatmaja and Mark Wilson from the Centre for Soft Matter. The Summer School will cover not only soft matter, but all aspects of molecular and mesoscale simulation. Material will be taught through daily lectures, practical computer classes and research seminars. There will be an optional pre-school on programming. Details to follow in the summer of 2018.

Dr Matteo Degiacomi

October 2017

New academic members

As the new academic years starts, we welcome two new group leaders to the Centre for Soft Matter.

Dr Matteo Degiacomi joins the Chemistry Department as an Assistant Professor. Matteo holds an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship to work on computational modelling of protein structure. Read more about Matteo's biography and research interests here.

Dr Matthew Kitching

Dr Matthew Kitching also joins the Chemistry Department as an Assistant Professor. Matthew holds a Royal Society Research Fellowship and works on dynamic chemical systems, molecular rearrangement, and droplet chemistry. His staff profile is here.

March 2017

Meeting announcement
Addressing metastability in interfacial phenomena across multiple time and length scales
29 August – 1 September 2017, Lausanne (Switzerland)

Further details of this workshop and registration can be found on the CECAM website. The deadline for submission of abstracts for posters and contributed talks is 1 July 2017.

Organisers: Halim Kusumaatmaja, Alberto Giacomello and Simone Meloni

February 2017

Meeting Announcement
Advanced School in Soft Condensed Matter: "Solutions in the Spring"
Sunday, 9 April - Wednesday, 12 April 2017, Durham Univeristy

The annual graduate school, organized by the Liquids and Complex Fluids group, will be held in Durham in April 2017. The School is for PhD students in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering and biophysics and aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to key topics in soft matter science. This year the lectures will cover colloids (Prof George Petekidis, FORTH), biomolecules (Dr Paola Carbone, Manchester), neutron scattering and disordered materials (Dr Andrew Parnell, Sheffield) and membranes (Dr. Nicholas Brooks, Imperial College). There will be opportunities for students to network, socialize and present their own work at a poster session. The School website can be found at The deadline for registration is 26th March 2017.

Organizers: Dr Margarita Staykova and Dr Valeria Garbin

January 2017

Leadership of the Centre for Soft Matter

At the start of 2017, leadership of the Centre for Soft Matter passes to a new team. Dr Kislon Voitchovsky is the new Director, assisted by Co-directors Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja (events), Dr Mark Miller (communications) and Dr Richard Thompson (industrial liaison). Professor Suzanne Fielding is Chair of the directorship team.

On behalf of the whole Centre, the new team would like to say a big "thank you" to Professor Tom McLeish and Professor Lian Hutchings for their inspirational work in founding and leading the Centre. Far from stepping out of the limelight, Tom and Lian will continue as Director and Deputy Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces, which itself was launched, in part, from the Centre for Soft Matter in 2014.