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Our research work involves computer simulations of molecular materials, concentrating on liquid crystals, polymers, lipids, proteins and nanostructured soft materials.

The group is led by Prof. Mark Wilson

Click for a single page pictorial summary of our research.

Our work is sponsored by EPSRC


Ph.D Projects in the Group starting in 2022
There is funding for a PhD studentship in the group working on development of coarse-grained models for polymers.

In addition, a list of funding schemes for studentships is provided at
Projects of interest for October 2022 start include:

  • Understanding order and phase behaviour in bent-core liquid crystals: a computer simulation approach using atomistic and coarse-grained models.
  • Better models for understanding the structure and behaviour of PVA/PVAc films at a molecular level.

Contact Mark Wilson for further details: [email protected]

Information about the PhD application process at Durham can be found at:
Application for a PhD is via a on-line form:
Some details for overseas students studying at Durham can be found at:
Further useful links are on the Durham Chemistry pages:
and University pages:

Old News

August 2017 Head of Department
Mark has finished his term as Head of Department in the Chemistry Department in Durham.