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Durham University

Durham Centre for Soft Matter

People

The Centre for Soft Matter brings together academics from the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and from the Business School.

Vice-Provost (Research)
Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Formulation for Industrial Innovation (SOFI2 CDT)
Professor in the Department of Chemistry
Department of Biosciences
Department of Physics
Head of the Department of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Department of Physics
Biomolecular simulation, protein assembly, integrative modelling
Business School
Open innovation and commercialisation, process design, complex systems analysis
Department of Physics
Chair of the Durham Centre for Soft Matter
Theoretical and computational rheology, flow instabilities, ageing of disordered soft materials, demixing, porous media, wetting, active matter
Department of Engineering
Department of Engineering
Plastic electronics, photovoltaics
Department of Chemistry
Theoretical and experimental rheology; polymeric computational fluid dynamics; constitutive modelling; advanced methods for rheological characterisation of polymers; industrial research problems
Professor in the Department of Chemistry
Manager of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Formulation for Industrial Innovation (SOFI2 CDT)
Synthetic polymer chemistry, especially living anionic polymerisation for synthesis of novel architectures and sequence control. Polymer characterisation by chromatography, including size exclusion chromatography and temperature gradient interaction chromatography.
Department of Chemistry
Electrochemistry of soft matter, electrochemistry at liquid-liquid interfaces, ion transfer, electron transfer
Department of Chemistry
Synthetic organic chemistry; dynamic chemistry and the autonomous spatial and temporal patterning of materials using biomimetic methods
Department of Physics
Wetting and interfacial phenomena; multiphase flow; membrane biophysics; lattice Boltzmann method; energy landscape theory
Department of Earth Sciences
Magma rheology; suspension rheology; volcanological fluid dynamics

Dr Clare Mahon

Department of Chemistry
Synthetic chemistry, fluorescent sensors, macromolecular recognition
Department of Chemistry
Organic synthesis; aromatic ions; liquid crystals
Department of Chemistry
Director of the Durham Centre for Soft Matter
Simulation methodology, self-assembly, clusters, percolation, knots, energy landscapes
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Topological constraints, protein structure and bio elasticity
Department of Biosciences
Cytoskeleton, alpha-helical based nanofilaments; nanocomposites; non globular domains; protein-protein interactions
Department of Chemistry
Lipid Membranes and the interactions with other molecules (drugs, proteins, peptides); binding measurements; chemical stability in vivo and in vitro
Department of Engineering
Functional polymeric materials (synthesis and characterisation); porous polymers; materials for energy storage application; fibre/matrix composites
Department of Physics & Department of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Pharmaceutical crystallization, polymorphism, gels, self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Surfaces and interfaces, scattering and rheology
Department of Physics
Solid-liquid interfaces, atomic force microscopy, nanotribology, ionic effects, biomembranes
Department of Earth Sciences
Magma as soft matter; silicate liquid droplets; viscous sintering
Department of Chemistry
Simulations of soft matter systems: liquid crystals, polymers, self-assembly, lipids and proteins
Department of Engineering