I have a broad interest in Soft Matter and Biophysics. Below I summarise current research topics, which also include software and method developments. Here is my full list of publications. Feel free to contact me if you have questions and/or comments about my work, or if you are interested in collaborations with my group.
Membranes and Vesicles:
Multicompartment vesicles; Photosynthetic membranes
Superhydrophobic surfaces, Melting of thin organic films, Microfluidics
Crystallography on Curved Surfaces:
Defect motifs and potential energy landscape
Local Rigidifications for Structure Predictions of Biomolecules:
Global optimisation and binding free energy calculation
Self-Assembly of Mesoscopic Particles:
Single-site chiral potential; Chiral assemblies (summaries will be available when the papers are published - contact me in the meantime if you are interested)
See also the Self-assembly programme grant webpage.
Software and Method Developments:
Lattice Boltzmann simulations: Excellent mesoscopic simulation method for simulating fluid flows. I mostly use it for multiphase flows, but other applications, from active liquid crystals to dynamics of deformable particles, are possible. Julia Yeomans and I summarise our efforts in using lattice Boltzmann method for simulating wetting phenomena in chapter 11 of "Simulating Complex Systems by Celullar Automata" (publisher: Springer).
Energy landscape: The philosophy here is to map out the underlying potential energy landscape of the systems of interest. To do this, we usually find the relevant minima and transition states, from which we then obtain thermodynamics, kinetics, and structural informations. An excellent read in this topic is the "Energy Landscapes" book by David Wales. I also contribute to the development of the GMIN, OPTIM, and PATHSAMPLE software in the group of David Wales.