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A list of the key contributors from Durham University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Leeds are shown below. These are organised alphabetically (by surname) and each contains a short research summary. 


Dr Mahmood Akhtar

University of Leeds, School of Food Science and Nutrition

Research Summary: Multiple Emulsions; Consultancy; Confocal Microscopy; Spinning Disk Reactor.

Web-page: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/food-nutrition/staff/7223/dr-mahmood-akhtar

Professor Rosalind Allen

University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Biological soft matter (simulation and experiments); simulation of rare events (e.g. nucleation); multicellular self-assembly, microbial population dynamics.

Web-page: http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~rallen2/

Professor Colin Bain

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research summary: Surface chemistry, thin films, capillarity, structure and kinetics of surfactants at surfaces and in the bulk, tribology, lipid membranes, emulsions, interface characterisation, inkjet printing, vibrational spectroscopy.

Web-page: www.colinbain.net

Dr Paul A Beales

University of Leeds, School of Chemistry

Research summary: Biomolecular self-assembly; membrane biophysics; bionanotechnology; soft matter and biological physics; bottom-up synthetic biology; nanomedicine; nanotoxicology; vesicle technologies; hydrogels

Web-page: https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/4203/dr-paul-beales

Dr Simon Beaumont

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research summary: Heterogeneous catalysis; nonomaterials synthesis; polymer assembly of nanomaterials for catalytic applications; nano-assembly; functional surfaces & surface characterization.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=10598

Dr John Bothwell

Durham University, Department of Biology

Research summary: Bioenergy and Biotechnology, environmental impacts of renewable biomass production, novel biopolymer characterisation.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/biosciences/about/schoolstaff/academicstaff/?id=11416

Professor Stefano Brandani

University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry

Research Summary: Carbon Capture and Separation Processes.

Web-page: https://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/about/people/prof-stefano-brandani

Dr Elizabeth Bromley

Durham University, Department of Physics

Research Summary: Experimental Biophysicist; Design, Synthesis, Characterization and Modelling of Biomimetic Nanoscale Motors; self-assembly of natural and synthetic coiled coil fibres.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/physics/staff/profiles/?id=8289

Professor Philip Camp

University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry

Research Summary: Computer simulations and statistical mechanics of soft matter; biomineralisation; ferrofluids; friction and lubrication; phases and interfaces; polymers; self assembly.

Web-page: http://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/staff/academic-staff/dr-philip-j-camp

Dr Olivier Cayre

University of Leeds, School of Chemical & Process Engineering

Research Summary: Design and synthesis of functional colloidal and polymeric systems, Heterogeneous polymerisation, Emulsions and foams, Adsorption at surfaces and interfaces, Controlled and self-assembly of colloidal systems, Colloid particle manipulation using external forces (e.g. magnetic and electric fields), Microencapsulation systems, Complex formulated products

Web-page: https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/415/Dr_Olivier_Cayre

Dr Jianshe Chen

University of Leeds, School of Food Science and Nutrition

Research Summary: Dynamic Wetting and Coating; Film Drying; Lubrication; Bulk Shear and Extensional Rheology.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/141/dr-jianshe-chen

Dr Paul Clegg

University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Emulsions, interfaces and soft composite materials; application of soft materials in food, personal care products and energy technologies.

Web-page: http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~pclegg/

Professor Karl Coleman

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Carbon nanomaterials: Synthesis and chemistry of graphene and carbon nanotubes; Graphene and carbon nanotube dispersions; Graphene and carbon nanotube polymer composites; Graphene and carbon nanotube functional fluids.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=1329

Dr Simon Connell

University of Leeds, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: AFM instrumentation and applications; nanomechanics; lipid bilayers; soft matter dynamics at the nanoscale; blood clot, hydrogel and biopolymer network characterisation; magnetic tweezers.

Web-page: https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics/staff/4103/dr-simon-connell

Dr Sharon Cooper

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Crystallisation and Colloids; Crystallisation in confined volumes particularly microemulsions and emulsions; semi-crystalline polymers; surfactant solutions.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=176

Dr Matteo Degiacomi

Durham University, Department of Physics

Research Summary: Protein docking; integrative modelling; biomolecular dynamics simulations; deep learning.

Web-page: www.degiacomi.org

Professor Lorna Dougan

University of Leeds, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Biological soft matter, hierarchical biomechanics, single molecule force spectroscopy, neutron diffraction, water under extreme environmental conditions.

Web-page: https://dougan.leeds.ac.uk/

Dr Philip Dyer

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Inorganic, organometallic, and coordination chemistry; homogeneous catalysis; alkene oligomerisation/polymerisation; organophosphorus chemistry; gas-to-liquids (GTL); non-innocent ligands; solid acid/base catalysis; macroalgae (seaweed); sustainable feedstocks.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=1317

Dr Valentina Erastova

University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry

Research Summary: molecular modelling, big data, layered materials, interfaces, adsorption, minerals, clays, geochemistry, geobiochemistry, pollution remediation, material design.

Web-page: erastova.xyz

Dr Rammile Ettelaie

University of Leeds, School of Food Science and Nutrition

Research Summary: Biopolymer Adsorption and Steric Stabilization; Multilayer Films; Mass Transport; Extensional Rheology; Computer Simulation and Modelling.

:Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/138/dr-rammile-ettelaie

Dr R Mike L Evans

University of Leeds, Department of Applied Mathematics

Research Summary: Theoretical Soft Matter Physics; Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics; Polydispersity; Stochastic Processes; Public Understanding of Science.

Web-page: https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/maths/staff/4019/dr-mike-evans-

Professor Kiran Fernandes CEng, FRSA

Durham University Business School

Research Summary: Operations Management, Open Innovation and Commercialization, Process Design, Complex Systems Analysis.

Web-page: www.durham.ac.uk/k.j.fernandes

Professor Suzanne Fielding

Durham University, Department of Physics

Research Summary: Soft condensed matter physics; Flow instabilities and flow-induced phase transitions; Fluid-fluid demixing; Viscoelastic turbulence; Soft glassy rheology; Biologically active suspensions.

Web-Page: www.dur.ac.uk/physics/staff/profiles/?id=7330

Dr Jennifer Garden

University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry

Research Summary: Organometallic chemistry, catalysis, polymerisation, sustainable materials, mixed-metal cooperativity.

Web-page: http://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/staff/academic-staff/dr-jennifer-garden

Professor Phil Gaskell

Durham University, Department of Engineering & Computer Sciences

Research Summary: Fluid mechanics; Thin films and coatings; Droplet dynamics; Computational fluid dynamics; Modelling, Reacting flows.

Web-Page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=11855

Professor Helen Gleeson

University of Leeds, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Self ordering and Self-assembling materials; Liquid Crystal Phases; nanoscale properties of Complex Modules; Novel Photonic Devices and Applications; Time-resolved and Resonant x-ray Scattering at Synchrotrons; Graphene-based Liquid Crystal.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/108/professor-helen-f-gleeson

Dr Chris Groves

Durham University, Department of Engineering and Computer Sciences

Research Summary: Organic electronics, charge transport in disordered materials, structure-property relationships in functional materials, electrical characterisation.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/chris.groves

Dr David Harbottle

University of Leeds, School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Research Summary: Rheology; colloids and surface chemistry; suspensions and emulsions; surfactant science and multiphase flows.

Web-page: https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/346/Dr_David_Harbottle

Dr Oliver Harlen

University of Leeds, Department of Applied Mathematics

Research Summary: Fluid Dynamics of rheologically complex fluids; non-Newtonian fluid mechanics; modelling processing of polymer melts and solutions; jetting and spraying of complex fluids; molecular motors; colloidal fluids.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/35/dr-oliver-harlen

Dr David Head

University of Leeds, School of Computing

Research Summary: Computational microscopic modelling; Semi-flexible polymer rheology; Surface-associated bacterial colonies.

Web-page: https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/542/Dr_David_Head

Dr Oliver Henrich

University of Edinburgh, School of Engineering

Research Summary: Liquid crystals and new soft composite materials, Electrokinetic phenomena in soft condensed matter, Mesoscopic simulation of DNA, physics of chromatin, Novel algorithms for charged and magnetic systems, Supercooled liquids and structural glass formers

Web-page: http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/oliver-henrich(bf5afdda-4487-4f05-bf19-c2fbbfe820e4).html

Dr Peter Hine

University of Leeds, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Experimental solid state polymer physics, mechanical properties, dynamic properties, two phase materials (single polymer composites, hybrids, blends etc).

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/112/dr-peter-hine

Dr Melvin Holmes

University of Leeds, School of Food Science and Nutrition

Research Summary: Multiple Scattering of Light and Ultrasound in Colloidal Systems; Statistical Analysis And Modelling Of Multivariable Systems.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/147/dr-mel-holmes

Dr Mathew Horrocks

University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry

Research Summary:

Web-page: http://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/staff/academic-staff/dr-mathew-horrocks

Professor Lian Hutchings

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Synthetic Polymer Chemistry; Controlled and Living Polymerisation; Branched Polymers; Functional Polymers for Interfacial Modification; Temperature Gradient Interaction Chromatography.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=188

Dr Karen Johnston

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Solid state chemistry, Functional materials, Li-ion Batteries, Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy, DFT Calculations.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=14185

Professor Cliff Jones FREng, FinstP, FRSA

University of Leeds, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Soft Matter; Liquid Crystal Materials and Devices; Nano and Micro-particle Suspensions; Surface Interactions with Soft-matter; Structured and Photonic Surfaces; Novel Manufacturing; Adaptive Optics; Displays and Electronic Paper.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/114/professor-cliff-jones-

Professor Ritu Kataky

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Electrochemistry, impedance spectroscopy, liquid-liquid interface, sensors.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=190

Professor Vasileios Koutsos

University of Edinburgh, School of Engineering

Research Summary: Soft Materials and Surfaces; Polymer Nanocomposites, Polymers and Nanoparticles on Surfaces, Elastomers, Nano/micromechanics; Friction and Adhesion; Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).

Web-page: http://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/about/people/prof-vasileios-koutsos

Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja

Durham University, Department of Physics

Research Summary: Computational Soft Matter Physics; Wetting and Interfacial Phenomena; Multiphase Flow; Membranes and Vesicles; Self-Assembly of Colloidal Clusters and Biomolecules.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/staff/profiles/?id=11583

Professor Ed Llewellin

Durham University, Department of Earth Sciences

Research Summary: Rheology of bubble- and particle-bearing magma, physics of magma, physics of volcanic eruptions.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/earth.sciences/staff/?id=5299

Professor Cait MacPhee

University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Synthetic polypeptide synthesis and modification; NMR spectroscopy; time-resolved and steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy; interfacial and bulk-phase self-assembly and aggregation; molecular dynamics simulation.

Web-page: http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~cmacphee/

Dr Clare Mahon

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Synthetic polymer chemistry, responsive polymers, biological chemistry, molecular recognition and sensing.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=18933

Professor Davide Marenduzzo

University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Rheology and hydrodynamics of liquid crystals; theory of active gels; lattice Boltzmann algorithm development; DNA physics; cell motility.

Web-page: http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~dmarendu/

Dr Johan Mattsson

University of Leeds, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Experimental soft matter physics, relaxation dynamics, spectroscopy, physics of disordered matter (glasses, gels), colloids, H-bonded systems.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/117/dr-johan-mattsson

Dr Paul McGonigal

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Organic and Supramolecular chemistry, fluorescent materials, dynamic covalent chemistry, liquid crystals.

Web-page: www.mcgonigalgroup.com; https://www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=13961

Professor Neil McKeown

University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry

Research Summary: Synthesis of organic materials, Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity, membranes, CO2 capture, nanoporous molecular crystals.

Web-page: http://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/staff/academic-staff/professor-neil-b-mckeown-frse

Dr Davide Michieletto

University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary:

Polymer physics, DNA biophysics, topology, DNA-based complex fluids, microrheology, molecular dynamics simulations, DNA origami.

Web-page: https://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~dmichiel/

Dr Mark Miller

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Computational soft condensed matter; classical Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulation; atomic and molecular clusters; self assembly; percolation.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/research/directory/staff/?mode=staff&id=11538

Professor Alexander Morozov

University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Instabilities and transition to turbulence in Newtonian and polymeric fluids; Rheology of complex fluids; swimming of microorganisms.

Web-page: http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~amorozov

Professor Brent Murray

University of Leeds, School of Food Science and Nutrition

Research Summary: Emulsions and Foams; Pickering Stabilization; Bulk and Interfacial Rheology; Protein Adsorption and Unfolding; Brewster Angle and Confocal Microscopy.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/143/professor-brent-s-murray

Dr Mamatha Nagaraj

University of Leeds, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Self-assembly, liquid crystals; polymers; colloids; symmetry breaking; soft photonics; opto-electronics; metamaterials; nanomaterials; organic electronics.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/119/dr-mamatha-nagaraj

Dr Fabio Nudelman

University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry

Research Summary: Biogenic minerals, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, protein-crystal interactions, (cryo)electron microscopy, soft matter.

Web-page: http://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/staff/academic-staff/dr-fabio-nudelman

Dr Robert Pal

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Optical Microscopy, Optical Spectroscopy, Photophysics, Light activated molecular nanomachines.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/directory/staff/?mode=staff&id=6011

Professor Wilson Poon, FRSE

University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Imaging rheology of soft matter under flow, especially concentrated particle and emulsion systems; granulation; dynamical arrest and ageing in colloidal glasses and gels; application of colloids to fast-moving consumer goods and ceramics; bacteria in complex soft materials.

Web-page: http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~wckp/

Professor Megan Povey

University of Leeds, School of Food Science and Nutrition

Research Summary: Microbubbles; Nanoemulsions; Lipids; Crystallization; Microwave Heating; Ultrasonic Propagation and Scattering and Imaging.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/140/professor-megan-povey

Professor Roy Quinlan

Durham University, Department of Biosciences

Research Summary: Soft matter interface with cell biology; the filaments that comprise the cytoskeleton, their adaption to interfaces and environments and their strain hardening properties in nanocomposites, such as hair; Protein chaperones as modulators of macromolecular crowding and regulators of protein-protein interactions.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/biosciences/about/schoolstaff/academicstaff/?id=36

Professor Michael Rappolt

University of Leeds, School of Food Science and Nutrition

Research Summary: Dispersions; Colloids; Liquid Crystalline Systems; Lipid Based Membrane Systems; Time Resolved SAXS and WAXS.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/154/professor-michael-rappolt

Professor Daniel Read

University of Leeds, Department of Applied Mathematics

Research Summary: Theoretical Soft Matter Physics; Molecular Polymer Rheology and Processing; Polymer reaction modelling; Scattering theory; Phase separation.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/74/professor-daniel-read

Professor Mike Ries

University of Leeds, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Cellulose coagulation, ionic liquids, diffusion and dynamics in multicomponent liquids and soft matter. Advanced NMR including imaging, relaxometry and diffusion tensor.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/130/dr-mike-ries

Dr John Royer

University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary:

Web-page: https://www.ph.ed.ac.uk/people/john-royer

Professor Alastair Rucklidge

University of Leeds, Department of Applied Mathematics

Research Summary: Pattern formation; Application of Density Functional Theory to soft matter quasicrystals.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/75/professor-alastair-m-rucklidge

Dr John Sanderson

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Lipid membranes: preparation, reactivity; Peptide-lipid interactions; analytical methods for probing membranes; drug-membrane binding and reactivity; protein intrinsic lipidation; autolipidation.Lipid membranes: preparation, reactivity; Peptide-lipid interactions; analytical methods for probing membranes; drug-membrane binding and reactivity; protein intrinsic lipidation; autolipidation.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/j.m.sanderson

Professor Anwesha Sarkar

University of Leeds, School of Food Science and Nutrition

Research Summary: Emulsions and emulsion gels; Encapsulation; Food oral processing; Food structure and gastrointestinal digestion; Controlled release of bioactive compounds.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/151/dr-anwesha-sarkar

Professor Lev Sarkisov

University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry

Research Summary:

Web-page: https://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/about/people/prof-lev-sarkisov

Dr Gary Sharples

Durham University, Department of Biosciences

Research summary: Bacteriophage genome rearrangements; Evolution of bacterial pathogenicity; Horizontal gene transfer; Mechanisms of homologous recombination; Antimicrobial surfaces, peptoids and chelants

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/biosciences/about/schoolstaff/academicstaff/?id=37

Dr Natasha Shirshova

Durham University, Department of Engineering and Computer Sciences

Research Summary: Functional poymer materials for energy storage; porous polymers; polymers with different architectures; green polymers and materials; fibre / matrix composites; structural, electrochemical and physico-mechanical properties of polymers and materials; polymer processing.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/directory/staff/?mode=staff&id=12958

Dr Elena Simone

University of Leeds, School of Food Science and Nutrition

Research Summary: Industrial crystallization, crystal engineering, polymorphism, food characterization techniques, process analytical technology (PAT)

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/161/dr-elena-simone

Professor Margarita Staykova

Durham University, Department of Physics

Research Summary: Bio-mimetic systems,lipid membranes, lipo-gel systems, protein reconstitution in lipid membranes, mechanical manipulation, electric manipulation, electro-hydrodynamics, fluorescence and confocal microscopy.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/staff/profiles/?id=11834

Professor Jonathan Steed

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Gels, self-assembly, crystallization and crystal growth inhibition. Molecular crystalline solids, polymorphism, pharmaceutical co-crystals, diffraction and crystallography.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/jon.steed

Dr Russell Taylor

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Development of new catalytic materials and catalytic processes.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=14184

Dr Job Thijssen

University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Soft materials, photonic colloidal crystals, colloids in external fields and (nano) particle-stabilized liquid-liquid composites.

Web-page: http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~jthijsse/index.html

Dr Richard Thompson

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Physical Polymer Chemistry; Surface and Interface Science of Functional Polymers; Polymer Blends and Nanocomposites; Ion, X-ray and Neutron Scattering Techniques; Experimental Rheology.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=201

Dr Paul Thornton

University of Leeds, School of Chemistry

Research Summary: Synthetic Polymer Chemistry; Controlled and Living Polymerisation; Branched Polymers; Biodegradable Polymers and Controlled Payload Release.

Web-page: https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/208/dr-paul-thornton

Dr Simon Titmuss

University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary: Neutron scattering study of structure, dynamics and self-assembly of protein structures, viral capsids, and bacterial lipid membranes.

Web-page: http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~stitmuss/

Dr Elsen Tjhung

Durham University, Department of Physics

Research Summary: Active matter, emulsions, liquid crystals, stochastic thermodynamics, renormalisation group and mathematical modelling of cell motility and biological filaments.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/directory/staff/?mode=staff&id=19215

Dr Arwen Tyler

University of Leeds, School of Food Science and Nutrition

Research Summary: Lipid biophysics; Membrane Biophysics; X-ray Scattering; Neutron Scattering; Lipid Nanoparticles; delivery vehicles/ delivery of bioactives; time-resolved Small Angle Scattering; high pressure

Web-page: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/food-nutrition/staff/7162/dr-arwen-tyler

Dr Kislon Voitchovsky

Durham University, Department of Physics

Research Summary: Solid-Liquid Interfaces; Nanoscale Ionic Effects; Scanning Probe Microscopy; Nanotribology; Biointerfaces; Single-Molecule Biophysics.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/staff/profiles/?id=11851

Dr James Walton

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Synthesis and analysis of inorganic/organic compounds; catalysis; green chemistry; kinetic analysis; therapeutic application of organometallics.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=12388

Professor Mark R. Wilson FRSC

Durham University, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary: Computational soft matter chemistry; atomistic and coarse-grained models; simulations of liquid crystals, polymers, self-assembly processes, colloids, molecules at interfaces.

Web-page: www.dur.ac.uk/mark.wilson

Dr Tiffany Wood

University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Summary:Director of the Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership, facilitating knowledge exchange between industry and the soft matter community. Academic interests in the structure of colloids in ordered solvents such as liquid crystals, statically and under external influences (e.g. morphology, applied fields and shear).

Web-page: http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/tiffany-wood(10762058-45f7-44a9-b4ab-374bf1997ed6).html

Professor Jun Jie Wu

Durham University, Department of Engineering and Computer Sciences

Research Summary:Materials for biomedical applications; Chemical engineering transport modelling; Tissue mechanics; Mechanical, fatigue, fracture and wear properties of biomaterials; Polymer processing.

Web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/directory/staff/?mode=staff&id=1388

SOFI Research: Image shows colloidal rods on the surface of a droplet. The particles lie parallel to the interface in order to remove the maximum amount of shared area between the water and the oil (courtesy of University of Edinburgh PhD student Niek Hijnen).

SOFI Research: A novel soft material called a bijel, which is formed by “arresting” the phase separation of two liquids via an interfacial layer of colloidal particles (green) (courtesy of Dr Paul Clegg, University of Edinburgh).

SOFI Research: Image taken from RSC Soft Matter front cover (Volume 9, Number 43, 21 November 2013, www.rsc.org/softmatter) showing rheology of cubic blue phases from paper by Oliver Henrich et al

SOFI Research: A bicontinuous interfacially-jammed emulsion gel (bijel) which is a novel soft solid first predicted using computer simulations. Here the red liquid is an oil, the black liquid is water and the green are silica particles. Image courtesy of Dr Paul Clegg (University of Edinburgh). 

SOFI Research: A capsule with two tortuous internal domains. This makes it potentially possible to deliver both hydrophilic and hydrophobic active ingredients simultaneously. The structure is created via phase separation inside the capsule. Image (courtesy Dr Paul Clegg, University of Edinburgh).