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Dr Patrick Kiley

Dr Patrick Kiley

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334 335

Biography:

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.

Keywords

  • Macromolecular Materials
  • Quantum Calculations
  • Pharmaceutical Materials
  • Multiscale Modelling
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Bioinspired Nanomaterials
  • Molecular Dynamics

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Research Associate (Fixed Term) - 2 positions

May 08, 2017

The Macromolecular Materials Laboratory is seeking two Research Associates to work on the production, characterisation and molecular modelling of polymeric membranes incorporating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for desalination applications.

Research Assistant (part-time)

May 02, 2017

The Macromolecular Materials Laboratory is looking for a capable and dedicated Research Assistant (Grade 5) to contribute to their work on nanotube characterisation.

Congratulations to Dr Chunlei Pei

Mar 31, 2017

Dr Chunlei Pei wins a Young Researcher Prize for an oral presentation at the UK Particle Technology forum held at University of Birmingham on 29th March 2017.

MML Fajita Lunch

Feb 20, 2017

MML group had a pleasant Fajita Lunch on Friday 17th February 2017. We wish everyone has a fruitful and successful new year.

Multi-scale modelling of carbon nanotube reinforced crosslinked interfaces

Jan 28, 2017

A new paper by James A. Elliott and his Turkish collaborators Elif Ozden-Yenigun and Canan Atilgan is published in Computational Materials Science

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