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Andrew Archer
Senior Lecturer
Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom

Office: W1.78 (Sir David Davies Building)

Tel: +44 (0)1509 22 8223

Email: A.J.Archer@lboro.ac.uk

Education & Career

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.

Research

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.

PhD theses:

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).

Teaching

I currently teach:

MAA109 - Mathematics for Chemistry
MAP111 - Mathematical Modelling 1
MAA250 - Mathematical Methods 2

I also give a couple of the lectures on the course:

MPP556 - Materials Modelling

I previously taught the course:

MAP202 - Static and Dynamic Optimisation

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