Dr. Zak E. Hughes
Zak Hughes was a graduate student in the group between October 2003 and September 2006. Zak also worked as a final year project student in the group during the final years of his Master’s degree (MChem.) in Durham (October 2002 – June 2003).
Zak worked on the simulation of macromolecular liquid crystals including dendritic molecules and the development of new simulation methods. His work also involved parallel tempering and extended ensemble methods, which have allowed us to improve the simulation of large and complex polyphilic molecules.
An important part of Zak’s work included the development of new soft particle models for liquid crystals, which are now allowing the group to be able to simulate a range of new polyphilic molecules, dendrimers and bioactive systems.
After leaving the group, Zak went on to work as a PDRA in Canada at the University of Western Ontario.
Zak’s work was sponsored by the UK research council EPSRC through a DTA award