Invited speakers

Confirmed speakers at this event include;

Guest speaker

Professor Daan Frenkel, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
Daan Frenkel (1948) is 1968 Professor of Theoretical Chemistry and Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University. He received his PhD in experimental Physical Chemistry from the University of Amsterdam (NL). Subsequently, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Chemistry at the University of California at Los Angeles. After that, he worked at Shell Research (Amsterdam), the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam and the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam. His research focuses on numerical simulations of many-body systems, with a special emphasis on problems relating to ordering and self-assembly. Daan Frenkel is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (London), Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Associate Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences and Member of the Academia Europeae. Daan Frenkel has published over 400 papers. His book, written together with Berend Smit, on `Understanding Molecular Simulation' has been translated into Chinese and Russian


Dr Paddy Royall, Departments of Physics and Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK

Paddy Royall is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Schools of Physics and Chemistry in the University of Bristol. Before arriving at Bristol in 2007, he worked in Tokyo and Utrecht (Netherlands). This was preceded by a year in the City of London working in fixed income derivatives. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2001.
He is interested in tackling key unsolved problems in everyday materials. He combines computer simulations and novel experiments where suspensions of micron-sized colloidal particles, whose Brownian motion leads them to obey statistical mechanics in the same way as atoms and molecules, are imaged in 3D at the single-particle level.
This two-pronged approach is uniquely powerful for tackling a wide range of problems in condensed matter. He has developed a powerful method for understanding structure in amorphous materials, the "topological cluster classification". Key areas of interest include the nature of the glass transition, the role of amorphous order in understanding self-assembly and crystallisation and novel approaches to colloidal crystallisation.

Biomolecular Solutions

Dr Sylvia McLain, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Sylvia McLain is an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford and a Lecturer at St. Peter's College Oxford. After a career as a genetics laboratory technician and secondary school teacher, she was awarded her PhD in Physical & Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Tennessee, USA in 2004. She was awarded a international postdoctoral fellowship from the US National Science Foundation to investigate the structure of amino acids in water using neutron diffraction at the ISIS Facility (STFC). She subsequently held posts as a Clifford G Shull Fellow at Oak Ridge National Lab (USA) and a Wellcome Trust VIP Fellowship in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division at King's College London before taking up her post at Oxford. The research in her group primarily focuses on understanding the structure of biologically relevant molecules - such as drugs, lipids and peptides - on the atomic scale in aqueous solutions, with a veiw towards understand the fundamental processes by which biological molecules function in nature.

Soft Matter and Food

Professor Brent Murray, School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds, UK

Ph.D, Food Science, Procter Dept. of Food Science, University of Leeds, 1987
B.Sc.(Hons) Food Science, class I, Procter Dept. of Food Science, University of Leeds, 1982

Posts held

  • Professor of Food Colloids, School of Food Science & Nutrition, University of Leeds, 2008 - present
  • Reader in Food Colloids, Procter Dept. of Food Science, University of Leeds, 2004 - 2008
  • Senior Lecturer, Procter Dept. of Food Science, University of Leeds, 1999 - 2004
  • Lecturer, Procter Dept. of Food Science, University of Leeds, 1995 - 1999
  • Senior Research Scientist, ICI Corporate Colloid Science Group, 1991 - 1995
  • Research Fellow, Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Melbourne, 1988 - 1991
  • Research Fellow, Procter Dept. of Food Science, University of Leeds, 1987 - 1988
  • Research Assistant, Procter Dept. of Food Science, University of Leeds, 1982 - 1988

Principal Research Interests

  • Measurements of interfacial rheology and interfacial phase behaviour of adsorbed biopolymer/biosurfactant films in relation to emulsion and foam formation and stability.
  • Measurement and modelling of colloidal interaction forces between particles to enable predictions of emulsion rheology and stability, etc
  • Development of methods for measuring the adsorption/desorption and conformation of biopolymers/biosurfactants at oil-water and air-water interfaces
  • Applications of confocal microscopy, bulk rheology and particle tracking techniques to understand the relationship between colloidal microstructure and bulk texture
  • Particle-stabilized foams and emulsions
  • Biopolymer complex formation as a route to novel encapsulation, emulsification and controlled delivery of functional food ingredients
  • Non-food uses of food materials in colloid and surface science technology

Theory and Mesoscale Simulation

Dr Andrew Archer, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Loughborough, UK
Andrew Archer is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University. He earned his PhD from Bristol University in 2003 and was also an EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Physics at Bristol. He is on the committee of the IOP Liquids and Complex Fluids Group. His research interests are on the structure, phase behaviour and dynamics of simple and complex fluids. He is an expert in density functional theory and integral equation theories for equilibrium classical fluids. He has particular interests in the behaviour of fluids at interfaces and in confinement, the statistical mechanics of solvation and in developing theories for describing the dynamics of fluids down to the scale of the individual fluid particles, known as dynamical density functional theory. His recent work also includes developing thermodynamic and thin-film hydrodynamic models for the deposition patterns formed by evaporating films of suspensions and solutions and studying solidification structures and dynamics using Phase Field Crystal and other models.

Professor Michael Allen, Department of Physics, University of Warwick, UK

Michael Allen is a Professor in Theoretical Physics at the University of Warwick, and the current Chair of the Liquids and Complex Fluids Group of the IoP. His research involves computer simulation of liquids, liquid crystals, and other soft matter systems, using novel molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo methods. He co-founded the annual CCP5 graduate school on "Methods in Molecular Simulation", and is a regular lecturer at summer schools and workshops. He is the co-author, with Dominic Tildesley, of the book "Computer Simulation of Liquids".

Dr Edo Boek, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
Dr Edo Boek holds a first degree in Earth Sciences (cum laude) from the University of Utrecht (NL) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering / Applied Physics from the University of Twente (NL). After a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Dept. of Chemistry, University of Nijmegen (NL), he accepted a position as senior research scientist at Schlumberger Cambridge Research (SCR), Cambridge (U.K). At SCR, he has been researching complex fluids and flow in porous media, by developing a variety of multi-scale simulation methods, such as MD, MC, DPD, BD, SRD and LB. The central theme of his research is to develop fundamental understanding and prediction of macroscopic properties from the underlying micro- and meso-scopic properties. Applications include drilling fluids, hydraulic fracturing fluids, formation damage, flow assurance, asphaltene deposition and Enhanced Oil Recovery. After 15 years at Schlumberger, Dr Boek accepted a position as Senior Lecturer at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, UK. Particularly, he is responsible as Principal Investigator for the Multi-scale Imaging Facility at the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC), founded at Imperial College through long term industrial research funding. Dr Boek's research covers numerical, experimental and theoretical investigations of complex fluids and their flow and transport in porous media, with special emphasis on chemical and physical processes at the pore scale. This includes development of multi-scale imaging methods (micro-CT scanning, micro-fluidics, confocal microscopy, rheology) and multi-scale flow simulations applied to multi-phase fluids, transport and reaction under flowing conditions. Dr Boek has > 60 peer-reviewed publications and > 3 granted patents on the subject of complex fluids and flow in porous media.