About

Soft matter deals with colloids, granular matter, liquid crystals, polymers, and other easily deformed materials, and with an emphasis on the mesoscopic scale (between small molecule and macroscopic). Soft matter is characterized by its facile response to thermal fluctuations and external forces, with the resultant materials having a diverse range of technological applications (e.g. in packaging, detergents, cosmetics, paints, and fuel additives). 

Groups

At the Connal group we make polymers with applications across a multitude of industries which means we develop new materials for a range of applications.

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Humphrey

Our research uses synthesis, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and computational chemistry to generate new molecular materials with unusual optical properties.

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Light

Our research mainly focuses on the interaction between light and chemicals and its application in materials sciences.

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Projects

Artificial biomaterials and the Development and 3D printing of functional materials

Student intake

Open for Honours, PhD students

Investigation of photochemical mechanism of triazine-based photoinitiator, Development of materials from renewable resources for 3D printing and development of functional additive for dental materials

Student intake

Open for Honours, PhD students

Non-equilibrium models of active suspensions and Mechanically Interlocked Molecules

Student intake

Open for Honours, PhD students

The Humphrey Group synthesizes organic molecules, organometallic and coordination complexes, dendrimers, oligomers, polymers, clusters, and their hybrids with various nanomaterials (nanoparticles, nanocarbons,etc.) with the goal of developing new molecular materials that can change the properties of incident light.

Student intake

Open for Honours, PhD students

Catalysing and controlling reactions with electric fields, Development of electrochemical techniques in organic synthesis, and Synthesizing polymers with sound.

Student intake

Open for Honours, PhD students

Members

Academic staff

HDR Convenor
Associate Director

Honorary Professor

Honorary Professor

ARC Future Fellow