Postdoctoral Research Associate
I am interested in how biological systems are able to tune material properties through precise control of nanoscale morphology. My research in this area focuses on full-length collagen and collagen mimetic systems. I use DFT and highly parallelised atomistic modelling to understand the atomistic details of these systems. In addition, I use nanoscale material characterisation methods, including vibrational spectroscopy and WAXS/SAXS.
Subject groups/Research projects
- Computational Modelling:
I am interested in combining DFT, atomistic modelling, and coarse-graining of atomistic systems to create a multi-scale approach to simulating biological and bioinspired materials. The hierarchical nature of collagen lends itself to this approach.
- Bioinspired Materials:
I am interested in the energetic properties of the collagen-solvent and collagen-mineral interface, both of which are known to affect its tensile properties. Because collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, where it serves as the principal load-bearing molecule in most tissues, including bones, teeth, and skin, understanding how this interface affects collagen stability and tensile properties is of biomedical importance.
- Physical Characterisation of Nanomaterials:
Characterising nanomaterials often requires a wide range of methods to be applied simultaneously, and therefore can be a great challenge. I am particularly interested in the combination of X-ray methods, such as Wide-angle and Small-angle X-ray scattering and diffraction and synchrotron micro/nano-beam scattering with the use of computational methods, including DFT, molecular dynamics and structural coarse-graining of atomistic systems.