Welcome

Chocolate ice creamI am a soft matter computational physics academic at the University of Surrey. Pre-early summer 2020, my research was in three areas: the biological physics of cells, crystallisation and ‘paint drying’. All three areas involve the out-of-equilibrium dynamics of molecules or particles in solution. In all three areas I try to develop simple models to help understand what is going on. As of summer 2020, I am also working with colleagues at the University of Bristol to understand better how face coverings/masks work.

The ‘paint drying’ work is in collaboration with Joe Keddie, a soft matter experimentalist at Surrey. Drying emulsion paints are thin, initially liquid films, containing diffusing nanoparticles, and Joe is a real expert on them.

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.

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 a PhD student with Joe Keddie. I am current group leader of the Soft Matter group in the Department of Physics.

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, although my second-year numerical physics teaching is done via a set of Python (3) Jupyter notebooks that are all hosted on Azure.

My Erdös number is at most 4.

I should say that the opinions expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of my employer.