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Professor Nigel Wilding

Statistical mechanics of soft matter

Much of my research involves applying state-of-the-art Monte Carlo simulation methods to explore the fascinating physics that occurs in complex colloids, such as self asssembly and unusual phase behaviour. A focus is the development and application of novel simulation algorithms that allow phenomena to be revealed that are inaccessible to conventional techniques. An appealing aspects of colloidal physics is that simple models often correspond quite closely to real systems, and this allows us to collaborate meaningfully with experimentalists. Beyond colloids I am interested in computational and theoretical solutions to a wide range of problems in soft matter and statistical physics. For more information, see my personal pages.

Research keywords

  • Hydrophobicity
  • Colloidal self assembly
  • Statistical mechanics of soft matter