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PhD project - High performance liquid crystals and liquid crystal polymers for organic electronics devices


Drs Mamatha Nagaraj and Richard Mandle (both Soft Matter Physics) are seeking applicants for their competition-funded PhD project. For further details, and to apply see here: High performance liquid crystals and liquid crystal polymers for organic electronics devices Organic electronics offer numerous advantages and capabilities for the next generation of electronic devices. Devices integrated with...

Bragg Centre PhD project - Combining 3D printing, rheology and x-ray scattering to learn how we should 3D print sustainable soft robots


Drs Devesh Mistry, Johan Mattsson (both Soft Matter Physics) and Dr Arwen Tyler (School of Food Science) are seeking applicants for their competition-funded PhD project which will centre on using the latest SAXS/WAXS equipment acquired by the SMP group to study the structure and flow characteristics of reprocessible 3D printable materials used for soft robotic technologies.

LEAF Silver Award


SMP achieved Silver award for the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) in October 2023. LEAF is a sustainable labs accreditation framework developed by UCL, which has been rolled out across campus over the last year to help labs assess the efficiency of their lab spaces. Many labs across UoL are now participating and achieving Bronze,...

New Paper - Optimization of All-Cellulose Composites


Victoria, A., Hine, P.J., Ward, K. et al. Design of experiments in the optimization of all-cellulose composites. Cellulose (2023).   Link to read   In this work, statistical design of experiments (DoE) was applied to the optimization of all cellulose composites (ACCs) using cotton textile and interleaf films under applied heat and pressure. The...

New Paper - Relaxation Dynamics of Tripod Liquid Crystals


J. Hobbs, M. Reynolds, M.K. Srinatha, G. Shanker, J. Mattsson, M. Nagaraj. The relaxation dynamics and dielectric properties of cyanobiphenyl based nematic tripod liquid crystals. Journal of Molecular Liquids 2023. Link to read Liquid crystal tripods combine properties of low molecular weight liquid crystals and liquid crystal polymers. There is significant interest in better...

New Paper - Dissolution of Hemp Yarns


Alrefaei, N.S., Hine, P.J. & Ries, M.E. Dissolution of hemp yarns by 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate studied with time-temperature superposition. Cellulose (2023).   This study examined the dissolution of hemp yarns in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. Yarns were immersed in the liquid at different temperatures and times, then coagulated in water, forming a composite yarn....

New Paper!


“Dissolution of cotton by 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate studied with time–temperature superposition for three different fibre arrangements” Y Liang, JE Hawkins, ME Ries, PJ Hine Cellulose, 28, 715-727, 2021

Partnership aims for a new generation of optical instruments


A new partnership between leading science and technology company Merck and the University aims to expand the use of liquid crystals in optical innovations. The five year collaboration will focus on the development of liquid crystals, commonly used in smartphones and TV screens, into non-display instruments such as switchable contact lenses and virtual-reality glasses. As...

REF impact


Advances in polymer composites: Paving the way for product innovation The Soft Matter Group has developed a cost-effective process for manufacturing lightweight, high impact resistant polymer composites, which has been commercialised over a wide range of applications including luggage and anti-ballistic body armour. Over many years fundamental polymer research at Leeds has, in parallel with...