Liquids and Complex Fluids Group
This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest.
Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.
About the group
As a special interest, member-driven group, we are interested in the structure and dynamics of liquids and complex fluids, from microscopic to mesoscopic and macroscopic length scales. Our work encompasses systems that range from “simple” liquids to complex fluids and soft materials.
- emulsions, suspensions and colloids
- gels and foams
- polymers and membranes
- liquid mixtures and solvation phenomena
- interfacial phenomena, confined liquids and wetting
- liquid crystals
- active matter
- crystal growth in liquids and self-assembly from solution
- glass transition and arrested states of matter
- fluids and glasses under extreme conditions
We also look at their biological counterparts.
We enjoy close links with the:
What the group does
The interdisciplinary liquids and complex fluids field has industrial links to:
- pharmacology and healthcare
- petroleum and plastics
- personal care
- coatings, formulations, paints and inks
We use a wide range of analytical, experimental and numerical methods, such as:
- elasticity and continuum mechanics
- statistical mechanics and non-equilibrium physics
- microscopy and particle image velocimetry (PIV)
- rheology and microrheology
- scattering (light, x-ray, neutron)
- numerical methods (e.g. computational fluid dynamics (CFD), particle-based methods and Monte-Carlo methods)
Liquids and complex fluids are poorly addressed in the traditional undergraduate curriculum. We inform postgraduate education, for example, in graduate schools working across disciplines.
We also develop new instrumentation and sophisticated data interpretation tools for work on liquids and complex fluids in UK-supported x-ray and neutron sources.
Group physics prize
Liquids and Complex Fluids Early Career Award
This award is given biennially to an exceptional scientist, in the early stages of their career, working in the broadly defined area of Liquids and Complex Fluids.
- Newsletter, February 2022 (PDF, 638KB)
- Newsletter, February 2021 (PDF, 545KB)
- Newsletter, February 2020 (PDF, 438KB)
- Newsletter, February 2019 (PDF, 3.56MB)
- Newsletter, January 2018 (PDF, 901KB)
- Newsletter, December 2015 (PDF, 6.47MB)
- Newsletter, January 2015 (PDF, 332KB)
- Newsletter, October 2013 (PDF, 418KB)
- Newsletter, December 2012 (PDF, 393KB)
- Newsletter, September 2011 (PDF, 1.62MB)
- Newsletter, July 2008 (PDF, 1.75MB)
- Newsletter, July 2007 (PDF, 1.14MB)
- Newsletter, July 2006 (PDF, 116KB)
- Newsletter, November 2003 (PDF, 130KB)
We strengthen our collaborations with links to:
- the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The interests of many physical and theoretical chemists focus on topics we address.
- the Liquids Board of the European Physical Society
Committee and contacts
|Chair||Professor Serafim Kalliadasis, FInstP|
|Secretary||Dr Lorenzo Di Michele, MInstP|
|Treasurer||Dr Sergey Lishchuk, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Guido Bolognesi, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Martin Buzza, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Buddhapriya Chakrabarti, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Alexander de Bruin, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Rammile Ettelaie, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Timm Krueger, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Natasha Rhys, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Dr Manlio Tassieri, MInstP|
|Ordinary Member||Professor Kostya Trachenko, MInstP|
- Email: [email protected]