Tom Ridley

Tom Ridley


I have an MPhys in Theoretical Physics from University of Leeds. I've previously done research on the chemistry of pre-stellar cores, and molecular dynamics for stability of tiny crystallites

Research interests

Currently, I'm researching the Dynamics of Packed Soft Colloids, using and modifying a package developed at University of Leeds, Fluctuating Finite Element Analysis (FFEA). FFEA differs from other approaches to soft Colloidal in that it represents each colloid as an anisotropically deformable particle with a viscoelastic response to that deformation. I am using this to investigate whether this approach can find differences between this approach and more conventional hard or radially-symmetric soft sphere approaches. This Includes Modifying and creating C++ and Python codes.


  • MPhys, BSc in Theoretical Physics, University of Leeds, 1st class with Honours.

Research groups and institutes

  • Soft Matter Physics