Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
The research activities in my group are focused on various problems in the general area of soft condensed matter. We aim to understand the physical and structural properties of both synthetic and biological soft matter, taking into account structural and entropic elasticity, electrostatic interactions, dispersion forces, hydrodynamics, and equilibrium and non-equilibrium fluctuations. These studies are performed using a variety of theoretical tools ranging from analytical tools to Brownian dynamics and Molecular Dynamics simulations. We also apply our knowledge of how things work at the nano-scale to propose designs for machines that could do useful mechanical tasks and analyze their feasibility and the emergent properties of a collection of such devices interacting with each other.
Previously, I taught 1st Year undergraduate Multiple Integrals and Vector Calculus in Hilary Term, and its Revision in Trinity Term. The Notes can be downloaded from the top right corner.
See a public lecture I gave in September 2013 to a group of Oxford alumni about my research area, Living Matter, which is available as an Oxford podcast, and a Colloquium entitled "Making Living Matter from the bottom up" that I gave at École Normale Supérieure in Paris in March 2016.
A number of more technical presentations:
- Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB (2014): Self-organization and collective behaviour of active colloids
- Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB (2014): Discussion on the role of internal phase as a dynamical variable in active matter
- Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge (2013): Collective behaviour of phoretically active colloids
- Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge (2013): Hydrodynamic coordination at low Reynolds number
- I-CAMP Summer School, Cambridge (2013): Active Colloids: Simple Building Blocks for Smart Functional Materials
- Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University (2012): Hydrodynamic synchronization, coordination, and signalling
- ICTP Colloquium (2012): Active Soft Matter: from molecular swimmers to colloidal supernovae