Last Updated: December 2018 by Rob Barker.

OUR TEAM

Meet our team past and present, as well as research fellows working with our group.

Find out what excites us both inside and outside the lab.

This page is a work in progress and continually updated as our team grows.

Dr. Rob Barker
Principal Investigator

Rob has been a Lecturer in Chemistry & Forensics Science in the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent since June 2017. Previously he spent 18 months lecturing in Physics at the University of Dundee and before that, 5 years working as an Instrument Scientist and Researcher based in Grenoble, France at the Institut Laue-Langevin. He trained as a Chemist (MChem & PhD) at the University of Bath with time spent in industry, developing the Tassimo with Kraft Foods.

Rob has a passion for travel, coffee, photography and wine or any combination of these he can find.

 
Juan Francisco Gonzalez 
NordForsk Fellow

Project

Neutron Scattering of Confined & Sheared Thin Soft Films

Collaboration

Dr. Javier Sotres - Malmö University, Sweden

Dr. Philipp Gutfreund - Institut Laue-Langevin, France

Dr. Becky Welbourn - ISIS, STFC, U.K.

Dr. Andrew Jackson - ESS, Sweden

Prof. Robert Richardson - University of Bristol

Dr. Stuart Prescott - UNSW Sydney, Australia

 
Hannah Boyd
PhD Student

Project

Scattering in Confined & Sheared Geometries

Collaboration

Dr. Javier Sotres - Malmö University, Sweden

Dr. Philipp Gutfreund - Institut Laue-Langevin, France

Dr. Becky Welbourn - ISIS, STFC, U.K.

Dr. Andrew Jackson - ESS, Sweden

Prof. Robert Richardson - University of Bristol

Dr. Stuart Prescott - UNSW Sydney, Australia

Chloe Skingle
PhD Student

Project

Towards Sustainable Nano-Composite Materials

Starting Autumn 2018

 
Erin Fuller
MSc Project Student

Project

Microfluidic Devices for Viral Separation: Understanding Surface Interactions of Ultra-Thin Polymer Films

Collaboration

Dr. Timm Krüger - University of Edinburgh, U.K.

Dr. Richard Orton - University of Glasgow, U.K.

George Tushingham 
Summer Project Student

Project

Identification and Characterisation: Enabling Microfluidic Separation of Circulating Tumour Cells

Starting June 2018

FORMER MEMBERS

 
Dr. Clélia Martin
PhD Student

Project

Hybrid Cellulose Nanocrystals / Gibbsite Nanoplatelets Thin Multilayered Films: Relationship Between Architecture & Mechanical Properties

Collaboration

Dr. Bruno Jean  - CERMAV, France

Dr. Laurent Heux - CERMAV, France

Dr. Erik Watkins - Los Alamos National Laboratory, U.S.A.

Nicolas Bertram
MRes Student

Project

Seizing Membrane Proteins - Nanodisc Characterisation & Application

Collaboration

Dr. Marité Cardenas  - University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Jonas Igel
MSci Project Student

Project

Characterisation of Biological Thin Films Under Applied Electric Fields Using Scattering & Surface Acoustic Waves 

Garry Stewart
Summer Project Student

Project

Understanding the Molecular Basis of Antimicrobial Activity: Bridging the Gap Between Biology & Physics

Mark Donnachie
Summer Project Student

Project

Hyperspectral Imaging Vehicle-based Epidemiology: Improving Early Warning Systems for Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Collaboration

Dr. Lisa Boden  - University of Edinburgh, U.K.

Dr. Pablo Casaseca - UWS, U.K.