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Research Interests

Research Interests

Amphiphilic polymers

Amphiphilic polymers are composed of hydrophilic (“water-loving”) and hydrophobic (“water-hating”) parts. They are important throughout industry  in many applications (e.g. as emulsifiers). We have recently studied these systems at the water-air interface using molecular Monte Carlo methods. The work attempts to understand (and predict) the neutron reflectometry measurements of experimental colleagues in the department, with particular emphasis on the change in the density distribution of  hydrophilic side-chains attached to a hydrophobic polymer backbone.

An amphiphilic polymer


  1. Monte Carlo simulations of an amphiphilic polymer at a hydrophobic/hydrophilic interface. Aline F. Miller, Mark R. Wilson, Melanie J. Cook and Randal W. Richards, Molec. Phys, 2003, 101, 1131-1138.
  2. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of an Amphiphilic Graft
    Copolymer at a Water/Air Interface. Anderson P. M. and Wilson M. R., J. Chem. Phys., 2004.