Molecular and nanoscale physics

Molecular and Nanoscale Physics research group at the University of Leeds

Our work is highly interdisciplinary and we have strong national and international collaborations. Within the University, we collaborate with the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology and the Centre for Molecular Nanoscience.

We have received significant funds under SRIF1 (approximately £2M) and a similar amount in SRIF 2 for bionanotechnology (development of the AFM virtual interface) and nanotechnology (Omicron Nanoprober and ancillary equipment). We have excellent experimental research facilities for the study of thin films and low dimensional systems.

Research areas

Our research covers many aspects of molecular and nanoscale science. By its nature, our work is highly multidisciplinary and we collaborate closely with colleagues in biology, chemistry, electronic and electrical engineering, medicine and the CMNS centre.

Research areas of focus include:

  • Lipid bilayers
  • Protein folding
  • Crystal growth
  • Liquid crystals
  • Nanoparticles
  • Liquids and complex fluids
  • Microfluidics

Research facilities

We use a range of high-quality facilities, including:

  • X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Contact angle goniometry
  • Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation
  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy
  • Ellipsometry
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
  • VT STM/AFM
  • 4 Probe STM
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Chemistry laboratory

Links with industry

Facilities managed by the molecular and nanoscale physics group are available for use by external organisations. If you would like to use these facilities, please contact Ben Johnson.

Further information

Visit our molecular and nanoscale physics group website.

PhD projects

We have opportunities for prospective PhD students. Potential projects can be found in our postgraduate research opportunities directory.