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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 2020
This coming year we only have potential funding for PhD studentships via external schemes, such as the Durham Doctoral Fellowships scheme see link here. and the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) programme.

A list of funding schemes for studentships is provided at
Projects of interest for 2020 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:

December 2019 Fellowship Opportunities
The University is funding 3 Addison Wheeler Fellowships. There are no residency or nationality restrictions to the Addison Wheeler Fellowships. The timetable for recruitment is as follows:
– deadline for applications is 07 February 2020
– Shortlisting selection panel end of February 2020
– Interview panel end of March 2020
– Offers made early April 2020. Full details of the Fellowship can be found at

November 2019 Fellowship Opportunities
There are a number of fellowship opportunities for people who like to join the group/department to work in computational soft matter. Details are included in the link below (which includes links to university fellowships and also fellowships funded by outside bodies). These fellowships are very competitive but are suitable for candidates with outstanding academic publication records. They include junior research fellowships and also some schemes tagetted at international senior scienctists. here

Old News

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