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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge



B.A.(Hons), Natural Science, Chemistry, University College, Oxford University (1982–1986).

Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry Department, Oxford University (1986–1989).

Structure and Dynamics of Adsorbed Layers by X-ray and Neutron Scattering.


My research addresses the fundamental interactions that determine the structure and dynamics of polymer, colloidal and interfacial systems. I contribute to this field by applying a combination of novel physical techniques and approaches to provide previously unobtainable information. Current research interests include; the adsorption, wetting and mixing behaviour of small molecules, particularly those showing non-ideal and complexation behaviour, and polymers at the solid–vapour and solid–solution interfaces; the structure and rheology of concentrated colloidal dispersions, emuslions and pastes of spherical and anisotropic particles under external fields; the wetting behaviour of species at the water/oil/rock interface and the behaviour of species involved in lubrication, friction modification, corrosion and wear.