Senior Lecturer and Head of Department
Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom
2006 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, University of Loughborough, Department of Mathematical Sciences.
2006 2011 RCUK Academic Fellowship, University of Loughborough, Department of Mathematical Sciences.
2006 Research Scientist, University of Bath Physics Department.
2003 2006 EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theoretical Physics, University of Bristol.
2003 Visiting scientist, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf Physics Department.
2000 2003 Postgraduate, University of Bristol Physics Department. PhD in Theoretical Physics.
1996 2000 Undergraduate, University of Bristol. MSci Physics.
My research lies in the field of soft condensed matter and liquid state theory.
I am particularly interested in the behaviour of liquids at interfaces, such as the
wetting properties of a liquid. Particular problems that I am currently working on are:
(i) To understand and predict the structures and patterns that are formed when a thin
film of colloidal suspension is placed on a surface and the solvent subsequently
evaporates. As the liquid evaporatively dewets, regular line patterns, branched finger
patterns, network patterns and other structures can be formed by the colloids that are
deposited on the surface. (ii) I develop "dynamical density functional theories",
which are theories to describe the microscopic structure and dynamics of colloidal
fluids. (iii) Theories to understand the phase behaviour of fluids: I address how and why
(colloidal) fluids phase separate into a low density and high density phase and when they
freeze or form a glass. I also study the dynamics of these phase changes.
A read of some of my publications will give you a better idea of my research interests.
Determining the shape of a liquid droplet: from microscopic theory to coarse grained models
A P Hughes, PhD thesis, Loughborough University (2015).
Describing colloidal soft matter systems with microscopic continuum models
M J Robbins, PhD thesis, Loughborough University (2012).
Static and Dynamic Correlations in some Models of Fluids
P Hopkins, PhD thesis, University of Bristol (2008).
Statistical Mechanics of Soft Core fluid Mixtures
A J Archer, PhD thesis, University of Bristol (2003).
I currently teach half of each of the following:
MAP111 - Mathematical Modelling 1
MAP211 - Mathematical Modelling 2
I previously taught the courses:
MAP202 - Static and Dynamic Optimisation
MAA109 - Mathematics for Chemistry
MAA250 - Mathematical Methods 2
and a couple of the lectures on the course:
MPP556 - Materials Modelling