Chocolate ice creamI am a soft matter computational physics academic at the University of Surrey. My current research is in three areas: crystallisation, ‘paint drying’, and the biological physics of cells. All three areas involve the out-of-equilibrium dynamics of molecules or particles in solution. The ‘paint drying’ work is with Joe Keddie. Drying emulsions paints are thin, initially liquid films, containing diffusing nanoparticles. In all three areas I try to develop simple models to help understand what is going on.

For my publications, please take a look at my Google Scholar page. This contains links to pdfs of pretty much all of my published papers. I have written a short introduction to the field of nucleation, aimed especially at materials scientists. It has appeared in the May 2016 issue of the MRS Bulletin. A preprint is here if you want to take a look.

To the right are excerpts and links to posts on my blog Chance & Necessity. You can take a look at those posts for what I am thinking about at the moment.

I am currently supervising a PhD student who is one of 12 in the RAtionalising Membrane Protein crystallisation (RAMP) network, as well as co-supervising PhD students with Joe Keddie and Judy Lee (who is in Chemical & Process Engineering here). I am current group leader of the Soft Matter group in the Department of Physics. The University has an annual call for funding for UK or EU prospective PhD students, for a PhD start next October. Prospective students and I can apply there.

I should say that the opinions expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of my employer. This website is mostly about my research. If you are a Surrey student looking for teaching material, the notes, question sheets etc, for the courses I teach, are on the SurreyLearn modules. There is one teaching page, and this for some work-in-progress on teaching data analysis using Python.

Patrick Warren (Unilever Port Sunlight, UK) and I organising the (CECAM) workshop Applications of Diffusiophoresis in Drying, Freezing and Flowing Colloidal Suspensions, in Switzerland in October 2019. Registration is now open!

My Erdös number is at most 4.