Chocolate ice creamI am a soft matter computational physics academic at the University of Surrey. A lot of my current research is on crystallisation. But I also work on ‘paint drying’, and a bit on biological physics. The ‘paint drying’ work is with Joe Keddie, and is on modelling how coatings, paints, etc dry. Paints are applied as a liquid film containing tiny (colloidal) particles. Then as the water evaporates the particles are pushed together, and as the particles are soft they coalesce to form the final dry film. We have a recent (2016) Phys Rev Lett paper  (arXiv) on how during the drying of a liquid film containing big and small particles, the particles segregate into layers, with the small ones in the top layer. This effect was discovered by a postdoc, Andrea Fortini, working with us.

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 and above 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 current group leader of the Soft Matter group in the Department of Physics. I am currently co-supervising a PhD student with Judy Lee (who is in Chemical & Process Engineering here), and recruiting a PhD student for an EU-funded network.

I should say that the opinions expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of my employer. This website is about my research. If you are a Surrey student looking for teaching material, I put up notes, question sheets etc on the SurreyLearn modules.