I would like to introduce our new web writer, Katherine Thomas (University of Cambridge, UK). Katherine will be contributing articles to the Soft Matter blog on the latest news of interest to the soft matter community.
Katherine completed an undergraduate masters degree in Physics at the University of Nottingham. For her final research project she looked at the spontaneous wrinkling of polymer/polymer bilayers under the supervision of Dr. James Sharp. She moved to the University of Cambridge to carry out a PhD in polymer physics under the supervision of Professor Ullrich Steiner. Her thesis is entitled ‘Physical phenomena of thin surface layers’ and looks at the wetting behaviour of thin film polymer blends, non-equilibrium behaviour of thin polymer films and iridescence in tropical understorey plants. On completion of her PhD Katherine was awarded a PhD plus EPSRC fellowship to continue looking at the non-equilibrium behaviour of thin polymer films. In February 2011 she will take up a post-doctoral research position at the Max-Plank Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation in Göttingen under the supervision of Stephan Herminghaus.
Read Katherine’s latest paper, published in Soft Matter: Wetting induced instabilities in miscible polymer blends
Katherine R. Thomas, Nigel Clarke, Rosa Poetes, Mihai Morariu and Ullrich Steiner
Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 3517-3523
Look out for Katherine’s posts on the Soft Matter blog! To make sure you don’t miss any Soft Matter news sign up to the blog’s RSS feed