University of Lincoln, UK

Research directions

Computational physics is one of most exciting and fast developing areas of modern physics, where theoretical physics meets powerful multiprocessor supercomputers. Our field is nano-structured soft matter and biologically inspired systems. We aim to understand their self-assembly and to aid in the design of smart materials of the future.

There are two major research lines, we are pursuing at the moment, each comprising of many sub-lines:

  • Structural and dynamical properties of Soft Matter at the nano-scale
    HPL simulationThis line is twofold. It is aimed both to reveal underlying physical laws and to develop methods for computer-assisted design of nano-structured materials. These materials formed by such entities as block copolymers, liquid crystals and colloids. Their characteristic feature is that they can self-assemble into various structures (like examples displayed below). This field is very fast growing with applications in what is now called soft nano-technology.
  • Dynamical phenomena in biologically inspired systems
    Vesicle closing simulationThis direction is a part of research in computer-aided design of bio-mimicking materials. Vesicles (like ones shown on the right) are an example, which serves as a model system for biological cells and intracellular compartments. They are also considered as most promising micro-containers in drug delivery research.One more example is large colonies of self-propelled particles (known in nature as schools of fish, flocks of birds, etc). This research line is aiming towards smart disperse materials with tailored dynamical properties.

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