Molecular basis of the properties soft materials: (Callaghan, McGrath, Williams(B), Hendy)

Uniquely powerful state-of-the-art experimental tools built on pioneering research in rheo-NMR, the amalgamation of nuclear magnetic resonance and its capacity for molecular insight, with rheology, the science of mechanical deformation, provide the opportunity to monitor molecular properties and macroscopic consequences concurrently. Furthermore, recently developed diffusion-correlation, -exchange and -spectral-analysis methods have proven powerful in measuring bilayer […]

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Nano- and micro- fluidics and porous media (Callaghan, Hendy, Williams (B))

These methods will be combined with rapid micro-imaging based on rapid scan echo planar techniques, in order to investigate spatial heterogeneity. Additionally, combined spin-relaxation and gradient diffusion methods will be developed to investigate molecular dynamics using multi-dimensional NMR based on novel inverse Fourier and inverse Laplace methods. ¬†Flow in nanochannels is also being studied using […]

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Ultra-sensitive laser spectroscopy (Etchegoin, LeRu, Tilley)

Current work is expanding on this success by investigating SERS for more complex multiple-particle nanostructure geometries. We have also expanded now into subtler aspects of single-molecule detection, like the demonstration of isotopic variations in single molecule spectra and the possibility of observing single molecules in basic geometries involving controllable enhancements. The work has been complemented […]

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Biomimetic materials (McGrath, Williams(B))

Nature controls the precipitation of inorganic materials to high precision and, in doing so, manipulates their growth such that the final materials have superior physical (e.g. strength) and chemical properties (e.g. resistance to corrosion) as compared with similar mineral or synthetically grown materials. Investigations are underway into using soft interactions and traits inherent in soft […]

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Soft Materials

Soft matter is where physics meets chemistry, and where physics and chemistry meet biology.¬† Biological systems elegantly harness the special physics of the nano-world and perform ‘bottom-up’ processing with aplomb, generating smart, functional, viscoelastic matrices: from molecules to materials. This Theme was combined with “The Intersection of Nanoscience and Biology” under the new 4 Theme […]

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