Computation and Theory of Soft Materials
Welcome to the world of soft matter! Soft matter is an umbrella term for a variety of seemingly disparate materials, which, for example, include liquid crystals, colloids and polymers, yet sharing certain common features.

The overarching theme of our research is optimal design of soft matter to inform fabrication of functional materials as well as formulation of consumer products. The study of soft matter is central to this research theme. Our current research is focused on designing programmed self-assembly of a range of building blocks, from molecular to microscale, to realise a variety of soft materials. We are particularly interested in designing novel photonic, phononic, opto-electronic and viscoelastic materials.

To this end our research develops, adapts, and applies computational methods, largely underpinned by the theory of statistical mechanics, to study systems of interest in close connection with contemporary experimental research.

Please visit the Research section for more details.

News

December 2021
Position available!

November 2021
Our work on colloidal diamond, in collaboration with Prof. Francesco Sciortino, has been published in PNAS!

Our application for the Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network Grant on Nematic-Based Materials for the Next Generation of Applications, led by Prof. Apala Majumdar, has been successful! We are looking forward to the network activities.

October 2021
Chris is now all set for his PhD degree. Congrats Dr Avins!

Iman Kasmani and Gurjeevan Sidhu join us for their MSci projects. Welcome Iman and Gurjeevan!

September 2021
Adam Walker joins us as a PhD student through the CDT in Topological Design. Welcome Adam!

Upcoming Events


April 2022
Rideal Lecture and Symposium on Polymer Colloids


July 2023
UK Colloids 2023

Past Events


January 2021
British Liquid Crystal Society Annual Training Workshop 2021


January 2020
British Liquid Crystal Society Annual Training Workshop 2020


July 2017
New Frontiers in Colloid Science


July 2017
UK Colloids 2017