Nigel Wilding Research pages

Self assembly

The shape of colloidal building blocks and their interactions influences the assembly of mesoscopic structures


How does water behave at the molecular level when it is near a water repelling surface?

Cluster crystals

Ultra soft particles such as branched polymers exhibit novel phase behaviour, which we are trying to unravel.


The novel physics of soft matter systems can occur on length and time scales inaccessible to conventional simulation methods. New approaches are called for.


Colloids and polymers are often not identical but exhibit a spread of particles size, shape, charge etc. This has important consequences for their behaviour.

Coarse-graining and Depletion

Approximating a complex system by a less complex one renders it more tractable. Colloid-polymer mixtures are prime examples.