UCL Soft Materials Network



Panagiota Angeli

Prof. Panagiota Angeli

    Stavroula Balabani

    Prof. Stavroula Balabani

    • DepartmentMechanical Engineering
    • Contacts.balabani@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website https://wp.cs.ucl.ac.uk/flume/
    • Research topics - Fluid dynamics, biofluids, diagnostics
    • Materials - Complex fluids, cell suspensions, blood, droplets
    • Core techniques - Microfluidics, optical flow diagnostics, PIV

    Shiladitya Banerjee

    Dr Shiladitya Banerjee

    • Department - Physics and Astronomy
    • Contact - shiladitya.banerjee@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website http://shiladitya-banerjee.com
    • Research topics - Biological active matter, actin cytoskeleton, cell and tissue mechanics, bacterial biophysics.
    • Materials - Actin cytoskeleton, eukaryotic cells, epithelial tissues, bacterial cell wall
    • Core techniques - Computational modelling, soft matter physics, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.

    Beppe Battaglia

    Prof. Giuseppe Battaglia

    • Department - Chemistry
    • Contact - g.battaglia@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website http://www.battagliaresearchgroup.org
    • Research topics - Nanomedicine, self assembly, vesicles and micelles, physical biology, synthetic biology, polymer chemistry
    • Materials - Block copolymers, hydrogels, lipids, peptides, biological materials
    • Core techniques - TEM and Liquid TEM, DLS, MALS, NTA, HPLC, SEC, SEM, confocal microscopy, SAXS and WAXS, cell cultures, tissue engineered models, animal experiments

    Matthew Blunt

    Dr Matthew Blunt

    • Department - Chemistry
    • Contact - m.blunt@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/people/matthew-blunt
    • Research topics - Functional molecular surfaces
    • Materials - Two-dimensional covalent-organic frameworks (2D-COF)
    • Core techniques - Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM); atomic force microscopy (AFM); X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).

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    Dr Michael Booth

    • Department - Chemistry
    • Contact - m.j.booth@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website https://boothlab.uk/
    • Research topics - Nucleic acids and synthetic cells
    • Materials - Nucleic acids, lipids, temperature sensitive polymers, photocages, magnetic nanoparticles
    • Core techniques - 

    Federico Bosi

    Dr Federico Bosi

    • Department - Mechanical Engineering
    • Contact - f.bosi@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=FBOSI73
    • Research topics - Solid and structural mechanics: extremely deformable materials and structures
    • Materials - Structural polymeric membranes, CFRP and composites, polymeric and carbon microlattices
    • Core techniques - Analytical and numerical modelling of thermo-viscoelasticity and viscoplasticity; Experimental characterization through unixial tests and biaxial inflation experiments at different temperatures
    • city and viscoplasticity; Experimental characterization through unixial tests and biaxial inflation experiments at different temperatures

    Steve Brocchini

    Prof. Steve Brocchini

    Kreso Bucar

    Dr Kreso Bucar

    • Department - Chemistry
    • Contact - d.bucar@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/people/kreso-bucar
    • Research topics - Crystal engineering, cocrystals, pharmaceutical solids, peadiatric drug formulation
    • Materials - Molecular crystals
    • Core techniques - X-ray diffraction and other solid-state characterisation techniques

    Gaetano Burriesci

    Prof. Gaetano Burriesci

    • Department - Mechanical Engineering
    • Contact - g.burriesci@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website http://mecheng.ucl.ac.uk/cvel/
    • Research topics - Cardiovascular engineering & medical devices
    • Materials - Biological soft tissues, biopolymers, superelastic/shape memory alloys
    • Core techniques - Mechanical testing for uniaxial and biaxial viscoelastic characterisation

    Franco Cacialli

    Prof. Franco Cacialli 

    • Department - Physics and Astronomy / LCN
    • Contact - f.cacialli@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website www.ucl.ac.uk/cmmp/cmmp-people/group-pages/organic-semiconductors
    • Research topics - Organic semiconductors nanostructures, organic electronics, organic photonics
    • Materials - Conjugated polymers and oligomers, transparent conducting oxides, perovskites, 2D materials.
    • Core techniques - Device (OLEDs, PVDs, OFETs, photonic structures) characterisations, CW (PL, Absorption, QY) and nanosecond time-resolved spectroscopy

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    Dr Dario Carugo 

    • Department - School of Pharmacy
    • Contact - d.carugo@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website https://www.ucl.ac.uk/pharmacy/people/dr-dario-carugo
    • Research topics - Bio-microfluidics, ultrasound-mediated drug delivery, microfluidic reactors, interventional medicine
    • Materials - Ultrasound-responsive particles (gas microbubbles and nanoemulsions), nanoscale drug carriers (liposomes, niosomes, etc.), liquid foams, giant unilamellar vesicles
    • Core techniques - Ultrasound cell-stimulation systems, microfabrication and microfluidic technologies, manufacturing of micro/nano-particles and colloidal systems, rapid prototyping


    Guillaume Charras

    Prof. Guillaume Charras

    • Department - London Centre for Nanotechnology
    • Contact - g.charras@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website charraslab.com
    • Research topics - Cell and tissue mechanics.
    • Materials - Cells and tissues.
    • Core techniques - AFM, microscopy, microfluidics, other bespoke methods.

    Marc-Olivier Coppens

    Prof. Marc-Olivier Coppens

    • Department - Chemical Engineering
    • Contact - m.coppens@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website https://www.natureinspiredengineering.org.uk
    • Research topics - Nature-inspired (chemical) engineering, hierarchically structured porous materials for catalysis and reaction engineering, biomedical applications, energy applications.
    • Materials - Porous materials, block copolymers, hydrogels, hierarchically structured materials 
    • Core techniques - SAXS/WAXS, 3D nanoprinter, Liquid TEM, porosimetry, DLS, GC, FTIR, UV/Vis.

    Duncan Craig

    Prof. Duncan Craig

    Marcos Cruz

    Prof. Marcos Cruz

    • Department - Bartlett School of Architecture
    • Contact - m.cruz@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website -http://www.biota-lab.com/
    • Research topics - Bio-Integrated Design, viscous material substrata for bioreceptive growth, bioreceptive scaffolds
    • Materials - Hydrogels, bacteria, cryptogams, cementitious materials, ceramics 
    • Core techniques - Robotic extrusions, multi-material casting, 3D printing


    Prof. Richard Day

    • Department - Medicine
    • Contact - r.m.day@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website -http://www.ucl.ac.uk/day-lab
    • Research topics - Cell-biomaterial interaction, medical devices, regenerative medicine
    • Materials - Microparticles, cells, tissues, 3D constructs
    • Core techniques - Biocompatibility, 2D & 3D culture, cell biology, particle fabrication 

    Ian Ford

    Prof. Ian Ford

    • Department - Physics and Astronomy
    • Contact - i.ford@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucapijf/
    • Research topics - Nucleation theory, phase transitions, irreversible processes and entropy production
    • Materials - Aerosols, polymers, the liquid surface
    • Core techniques - Equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, stochastic thermodynamics

    Asterios Gavriilidis

    Prof. Asterios Gavriilidis

    Nathan Goehring

    Dr Nathan Goehring

    • Department - LMCB / Crick
    • Contact - nate.goehring@crick.ac.uk
    • Website www.goehringlab.org
    • Research topics - Cell polarity and patterning, reaction diffusion networks, cytoskeleton
    • Materials - Cells and embryos
    • Core techniques - Confocal, TIRF microscopy, cell & development biology

    Stefan Guldin

    Dr Stefan Guldin

    • Department - Chemical Engineering
    • Contact - s.guldin@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/responsive-nanomaterials
    • Research topics - Molecular self-assembly, adaptive & responsive nanomaterials, point-of-care diagnostics
    • Materials - Block copolymers, emulsions, liquid crystals, nanoparticles
    • Core techniques - Spectroscopic ellipsometry, porosimetry of thin films, Langmuir-Blodgett, micro-spectroscpy, quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring

    Helen Hailes

    Prof. Helen Hailes

    Core techniques - Synthesis, lipid chemistry, conjugation chemistry

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    Dr Daniel Hauser

    • Department - Surgical Biotechnology
    • Contact - d.hauser@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website 
    • Research topics - Cancer therapy, photo therapy, polydopamine/protein NPs
    • Materials - Polydopamine/protein NPs, 3D tumour models
    • Core techniques - Cell culture, nanoparticle characterisation (DLS, SEM), (confocal) microscopy, cell viability assays

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    Dr Duncan Hewitt

    • Department - Mathematics
    • Contact - d.hewitt@ucl.ac.uk
    • Website https://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucahhew/
    • Research topics - Fluid mechanics; poro-mechanics; non-Newtonian and granular flows
    • Materials - Viscoplastic materials, muds, suspensions, porous and soft materials
    • Core techniques - Mathematical and fluid mechanical modelling


      Katherine Holt

      Dr Katherine Holt

      • Department - Chemistry
      • Contact - k.b.holt@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website https://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/people/katherine-holt
      • Research topics - Electrode surfaces, carbon nanomaterials, solid-solution interface, in situ IR spectroscopy, polymers in solution
      • Materials - Nanodiamond, graphene nanoflakes, nanocarbons, polymer nanoparticles, metal oxide and sulphide nanoparticles
      • Core techniques - Electrochemistry, in situ IR spectroscopy

      Bart Hoogenboom

      Prof. Bart Hoogenboom

      Chris Howard

      Dr Chris Howard

      • Department - Physics and Astronomy
      • Contact - c.howard@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=CAHOW21
      • Research topics - Manipulating nanomaterials and their properties
      • Materials - 2d materials, nanotubes, layered materials, fullerenes, organic liquids
      • Core techniques - AFM, TEM, Elastic and Inelastic Neutron and X-ray scattering, magnetic and electric transport, Raman spectroscopy

      Phil Jones

      Dr Phil Jones

      • Department - Physics & Astronomy
      • Contact - philip.jones@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucapphj/
      • Research topics - Optical trapping
      • Materials - Microbubbles, cells, emulsions, nanomaterials
      • Core techniques - Optical tweezers, optical binding, holography

      Robin Ketteler

      Dr Robin Ketteler

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      Dr Yang Lan

      • Department - Chemical Engineering
      • Contact - yang.lan@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website https://www.yanglan.co.uk/
      • Research topics - Colloids with advanced structures, supramolecular chemistry mediated self-assembly, composite materials
      • Materials - Colloids, Cucurbit[n]urils, emulsions
      • Core techniques - Colloids synthesis, UV-Vis, microfluidic devices, fluorescence microscope

      Tung Chun Lee

      Dr Tung Chun (John) Lee

      • Department - Institute for Materials Discovery
      • Contact - tungchun.lee@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website http://tungchunlee.weebly.com/
      • Research topics - Supramolecular chemistry, self-assembly, molecular recognition, host-guest complexes, supramolecular catalysis, stimuli-responsive nanomaterials, drug delivery, plasmonic sensing, nanomotors
      • Materials - Metal and other inorganic nanoparticles, block copolymers, micelles, macrocyclic compounds
      • Core techniques - Nanoparticle synthesis, polymer synthesis, aqueous self-assembly, NMR, mass spectrometry, UV-Vis, FT-IR, Raman/SERS, dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy

      Dewi Lewis

      Dr Dewi Lewis

      Professor Chaozong Liu

      Prof. Chaozong Liu

      Isabel Llorente-Garcia

      Dr Isabel Llorente-Garcia

      • Department - Physics and Astronomy
      • Contact - i.llorente-garcia@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website - https://illglab.wordpress.com/
      • Research topics - Molecular interactions in biological systems, cell-surface receptors, cell-membrane properties, new tools for force/torque sensing, biosensors for disease diagnosis
      • Materials - Cells, biological samples, micro-particles in solution, graphitic microparticles, micro-beads, optical fibres, optical resonators
      • Core techniques - Cells, biological samples, micro-particles in solution, graphitic microparticles, micro-beads, optical fibres, optical resonators

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      Dr Sudaxshina Murdan

      Paul McMillan

      Prof. Paul McMillan

      • Department - Chemistry
      • Contact - p.f.mcmillan@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/people/paul-mcmillan
      • Research topics - Raman spectroscopy for cartilage evaluation, high pressure survival of microorganisms, neutron scattering applied to microbes at high pressure
      • Materials - Connective tissue, microorganisms
      • Core techniques - Raman spectroscopy, high pressure techniques, neutron scattering

      Mark Miodownik

      Prof. Mark Miodownik

      • Department - Mechanical Engineering
      • Contact - m.miodownik@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website - http://www.markmiodownik.net
      • Research topics - Self-repairing materials, soft actuators, soft sensors, senso-asethetics, 3D printing
      • Materials - Silicone rubber, meta-materials, asphalt, tissues
      • Core techniques - Prototyping, modelling, testing

      Emad Moeendarabary

      Prof. Emad Moeendarbary

      • Department - Mechanical Engineering
      • Contact - e.moeendarbary@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website https://www.mecbiomed.com/
      • Research topics - Cell mechanics
      • Materials - Cell mechanics
      • Core techniques - Atomic force microscopy, traction force microscopy, microfluidics

      Nikolitsa Nomikou

      Dr Nikolitsa Nomikou

      • Department - Division of Surgery and Interventional Science
      • Contact - n.nomikou@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=NNOMI18
      • Research topics - Cancer treatment, drug delivery, stimulus-responsive formulations, ultrasound-mediated drug delivery, photodynamic therapy, sonodynamic therapy, nanoparticles
      • Materials - Polymeric nanoparticles, polypeptide nanoparticles, polymeric microbubbles, liposomes, extracellular matrix-based systems, fibrin-based matrices
      • Core techniques - Ultrasound and laser treatments for sonoactivation and photothermal effects, NIR imaging, bioluminescence imaging, spectrophotometry, fluorescence microscopy, 3D cell cultrure systems

      Karen Page B

      Prof. Karen Page

      • Department - Mathematics
      • Contact - karen.page@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucackmp
      • Research topics - Mathematical biology, modelling embryonic development, evolutionary dynamics
      • Materials - Tissues
      • Core techniques - Dynamical systems, computer simulations

      Ioannis Papakonstantinou

      Prof. Ioannis Papakonstantinou

      • Department - Electronic and Electrical Engineering
      • Contact - i.papakonstantinou@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/pilab
      • Research topics - laser interference lithography, nanoimprint lithography, 3D-printing, biomedical sensors, smart materials, organic LEDs, luminescent concentrators, superhydrophobic materials
      • Materials - photoresists, block copolymers, colloidal nanospheres, metal oxides, thermoplastics, thermosetting materials, fluorinated polymers, Si, SiN
      • Core techniques - laser lithography, nanoimprint lithography, 3D-printing with two photon polymerisation, metal-oxide synthesis and deposition

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      Dr Philip Pearce

      Emma Richardson

      Dr Emma Richardson

      • Department - Material Studies Laboratory, History of Art
      • Contact - e.richardson@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/art-history/material-studies-laboratory
      • Research topics - Polymer degradation, hygrothermal response of fibres and films, non-invasive and non-destructive analysis
      • Materials - Cellulose derivatives, hydrogels, polyamides, plasticizers
      • Core techniques - Dynamic mechanical analysis, NMR relaxometry, vibrational spectroscopy, polarized microscopy

      Christoph Salzmann

      Prof. Christoph G Salzmann

      • Department - Chemistry
      • Contact - c.salzmann@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~uccacgs/
      • Research topics - Structure of liquids, glasses, disordered crystals and nanomaterials
      • Materials - Structure of liquids, glasses, disordered crystals and nanomaterials
      • Core techniques - Diffraction, DSC, vibration spectroscopy, AFM

      Matteo Salvalaglio

      Dr Matteo Salvalaglio

      • Department - Chemical Engineering
      • Contact - m.salvalaglio@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website https://www.ucl.ac.uk/molecular-modelling
      • Research topics - Molecular Simulations of rare events, self assembly in solution, crystal growth, nucleation, molecular crystals
      • Materials - Molecular crystals, porous organic materials
      • Core techniques - Molecular modelling, metadynamics, molecular dynamics

      Andela Saric

      Dr Andela Saric 

      • Department - Physics and Astronomy
      • Contact - a.saric@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website http://andelasaric.com
      • Research topics - Self-assembly, protein aggregation, nucleation, membrane remodelling, endocytosis, mechanosensing
      • Materials - Proteins, membranes, nanoparticles, colloids, polymers
      • Core techniques - Soft matter physics, computer simulations, statistical mechanics, machine learning


      Prof. Andreas Schatzlein

      Rebecca Shipley

      Prof. Rebecca Shipley 

      • Department - Mechanical Engineering
      • Contact - rebecca.shipley@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website www.rjshipley.london
      • Research topics - Mathematical modelling; nervous system tissue engineering; tissue blood flow and drug delivery
      • Materials - Collagen and fibrin gels for tissue engineering
      • Core techniques - Mathematical and computational modelling

      Prof. Alberto Striolo 

      Alberto Striolo

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      Dr Daniel Stuckey

      Wenhui Song

      Prof. Wenhui Song

      • Department - UCL Centre for Biomaterials, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science
      • Contact - w.song@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=WSONG66
      • Research topics - Scaffolds for tissue regeneration and surgical implants, nanomedicine for drug delivery, implantable biosensors/implantable devices, engineering assembling/ self-assembling of macromolecules, nanoparticles and hybrids
      • Materials - 3D printable polymers and hydrogels, biodegradable polymers, piezoelectric polymers, conducting polymers, liquid crystalline polymers and nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, graphene, piezoelectric nanomaterials and nanocomposites
      • Core techniques - Polymer synthesis, 3D printing, 3D bioprinting, electrospinning, electrospray; Cell culture, in vivo study; atomic force microscopy (AFM) and piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM), mechanical test, dynamic mechanical test, acoustic-laser vibrometer system, electrochemical workstation and impedance analyser

      Nguyen Thanh

      Prof. Nguyen TK Thanh

      • Department - Royal Institution / Physics
      • Contact - ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website http://www.ntk-thanh.co.uk
      • Research topics - Diagnostics and treatment of diseases
      • Materials - Nanomaterials
      • Core techniques - TEM, XRD, SQUID, TGA, FTIR, DLS, TGA, magnetic hyperthemia, UV-Vis


      Prof. Manish K Tiwari

      • Department - Mechanical Engineering
      • Contact - m.tiwari@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=MKTIW24
      • Research topics - High-resolution 3D printing; novel biomedical sensors; directed self-assembly; micro- and nanofluidics; nanoengineered surfaces for anti-icing, liquid repellency (superoleophobic, superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic), etc.; cooling of microelectronic and power electronic systems; energy harvesting using nanostructured materials; etc.
      • Materials - Nanocomposites, polymers, block-copolymers, colloids and suspensions, Newtonian and non-newtonian fluids
      • Core techniques - Rheology, AFM, SEM, TEM, XRD, XPS, FTIR, wettability and surface tension measurements, high-speed imaging, 3D printing, microscale flow and thermal diagnostics, photo and electron beam lithography etc.

      Giorgio Volpe

      Dr Giorgio Volpe

      • Department - Chemistry
      • Contact - g.volpe@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website https://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/anslab
      • Research topics - Active matter, self-assembly, functional materials, complex nanophotonics, far-from-equilibrium physics
      • Materials - Colloids, bacteria
      • Core techniques - Fluorescence microscopy, digital video microscopy, microfabrication, nanofabrication, wavefront shaping, optical manipulation, spectroscopy

      Ryan Wang B

      Dr Feng Ryan Wang

      Gareth Williams

      Dr Gareth Williams

      Helen Wilson

      Prof. Helen Wilson

      • Department - Mathematics
      • Contact - helen.wilson@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucahhwi
      • Research topics - Dynamics of complex fluids, processing flows, flow instabilities
      • Materials - Viscous suspensions, polymeric fluids, micelles
      • Core techniques - Linear stability theory, Stokesian Dynamics, asymptotic methods

      Helge Wurdemann

      Dr Helge Wurdemann

      • Department - Mechanical Engineering
      • Contact - h.wurdemann@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website http://softhaptics.website
      • Research topics - Bio-inspired design, soft and stiffness-controllable robotic devices, haptic interfaces, soft sensors, robotic art
      • Materials - Silicone and rubber materials/composites, textiles
      • Core techniques - Prototype design processes, modelling, control

      Martijn Zwijnenburg

      Dr Martijn Zwijnenburg

      • Department - Chemistry
      • Contact - m.zwijnenburg@ucl.ac.uk
      • Website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/people/martijn-zwijnenburg
      • Research topics - Predicting the optical and electronic properties of self-assembled, supramolecular and polymeric materials, as well as the best such materials for applications such as photocatalysis, photovoltaics, batteries and sensors.
      • Materials - Hydrogels, organogels and polymers
      • Core techniques - Computational chemistry methods