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Dr Patrick Kiley

Dr Patrick Kiley

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334 335


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.


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

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