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Grant Success

28 August 2014

Congratulations to Dr Hugo Christenson of the Molecular and Nanoscale Physics group, who has been awarded a £1m EPSRC Grant, titled ' Control of Crystal Nucleation on Surfaces'.

The grant will be a study of nucleation crystals on surfaces in vapour, solutions and pure liquids, including water. The grant will cover 3 years of research and will allow funding for 2 PDRAs, one of which will be based in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Dr Gavin Burnell (PHAS), Dr Ben Murray (Earth and Environment) and Professor Fiona Meldrum (Chemistry) are all Co-Investigators on the grant and will be working closely with Dr Christenson.

Pop-up Lab comes to Leeds

27 August 2014

Members of the Molecular and Nanoscale Physics group in the School have been participating in BioLeeds and the ASMbly 2014 (Artists. Scientists. Makers.) pop-up Lab in Leeds.

The pop-up lab is a series of different projects open to anyone with an interest in Science and Art. There are a number of different experiments, models etc. to get involved with, and on Friday afternoon last week, our own physicists decided to do just that.

Johanna Galloway, George Heath and Katherine Kendrick constructed their own balloon model of a Buckeyball, which is a spherical molecule made up of twenty hexagons, twelve pentagons and 60 carbon atoms. This was a test run to find out how to construct bioinspired natural structures with modelling balloons, which people will be able to build and add to in the pop-up lab.

For further details you can read the blog by clicking here or by contacting Jo Galloway


Keynote Speech at the Spanish National SPM Meeting

21 August 2014

Dr Neil Thomson is giving a Keynote Talk at the Spanish National SPM Meeting, Fuerza Y Tunel 2014 (FyT 2014), in San Sebastian 27th to 29th August 2014. 

The title of his talk is “Realising quantitative dynamic atomic force microscopy to probe transactions of DNA at the single molecule level”.

This is the 9th edition of a series of conferences that began in Barcelona in 1998 and brings together scientists who share an interest in the applications, the use, the development and the theoretical description of technology based on scanning probe microscopes (SPM). The program has dedicated sessions to atomic force microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and theory of local probes techniques covering a wide range of applications from soft matter physics and biophysics to surface science in vacuum. There will be three invited lectures of experts on AFM and STM, as well as more than thirty selected short talks. The meeting also honours the retirement of Prof. Arturo M. Baró and showcases his extensive and inspiring career pioneering scanning probe techniques in Spain.

For more information see:


George Heath speaks at SPM 2014

19 August 2014

George Heath, a Postgraduate in the MNP group in Physics & Astronomy, has been invited to give a talk in Toronto, Canada.

George will be attending the 'International Conference on Scanning Probe Microscopy on Soft and Polymeric Materials', where he will be discussing 'Fast Scan Atomic Force Microscopy of Supported Lipid Bilayers: From Formation Techniques to Lipid Rafts'.

The conference runs from 2nd - 6th September and will cover a full range of scanning probe microscopy on soft matter, polymeric materials, as well as biological systems. Further information can be found here.

Another Successful Microbubble Symposium comes to a close

16 July 2014

The fourth annual Microbubble Symposium came to a close yesterday afternoon, with Sir Alex Markham giving the closing remarks.

The Symposium included speakers from across the globe discussing the Fabrication, Characterisation and Translational Applications of Microbubbles. Speakers included Lee, Thomson, Willmann and Klibanov amongst others.

The Symposium saw a number of sponsors in attendance, showcasing their work and equipment. iZon, Malvern Instruments and Specialised Imaging all had stands at this year's Symposium, which alloowed delegates to take a look at what they could offer.

The Symposium also included a wine tasting session on the Monday evening. The session was lead by Tate Smith's Wine Account Manager, Scott Hanby (WSET), he provided a selection of reds and whites from across the globe and he finished the session off with an English Sparkling, Nyetimber.

Thank you to everyone who attended and took part in this year's Microbubble Symposium.

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23rd April 2014

Congratulations to Adam Churchman who recieved the prize for best poster at this year's IOP Conference, "Solutions in the Spring".

Adam's poster focused on, "Developing microfluidic methods of producing microbubble with an inner oil layer towards hydrophobic delivery".

This year's IOP Conference ran from 11-14th at Homerton College, Cambridge. For more details about the conference, please click here.


Physical Sciences and Oncology Away Day success

10th April

The School of Physics and Astronomy recently hosted a Physical Sciences and Oncology Away Day for the Faculty of MaPS. The delegate list included clinicians from the field of Oncology, it was an opportunity for both the Physical Scientists and Clinicians to get together to discuss the challenges. There were 40 delegates in total on the day.

Professor Steve Evans, Head of Group in MNP and Director of Research for the School, led the day and arranged for the following topics to be discussed:

Steve Smye gave an overall introduction to the challenges that researchers in the field are currently facing and David Buckley gave a brief talk about Imaging.

Understanding disease (Basic Sciences/Modelling), introduced by Professor Pam Jones

Diagnostics (Imaging/Sensing) presented by Mr Greg Taylor from St James Hospital

Treatment (Imaging/Delivery) by Professor Peter Selby

Vivian Cosgrove also gave a brief introduction to Radiotherapy Physics Research

The day comprised of small group discussions and workshops, looking at refining the challenges, developing solutions and finally feeding back to the rest of the group.

The intention of the day was to develop new collaborations, we are pleased to say that a very positive outcome was established and we hope to be taking these new ideas forward very soon.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the organisation of the day and for those delegates who took part in what we can confidently say was a very successful day.


Megan Hughes wins best presentation at recent PG Symposium

4th April 2014

Congratulations to Miss Megan Hughes on being awarded the best presentation at this years Postrgraduate Symposium, held on Tuesday 1st April 2014.

Megan is part of the Dougan group in Molecular & Nanoscale Physics and is currently focusing her research on physics proteins, which are biological molecules with very important functions in the cell. These molecules have unique 3D shapes and Megan is interested in the importance of the forces that hold this 3D shape together.

To see Megan's prize winning presentation, please click here

Victoria Mico wins best poster prize at recent PG Symposium

4th April 2014

Congratulations to Miss Victoria Mico for winning the best poster prize at this years Annual Postgraduate Symposium.

The poster focused on 'Engineering lipid oil nano-droplets for hydrophobic drug delivery', and included input from Dr Sally Peyman and Professor Stephen Evans. To take a look at the winning poster, please click here

The PG Symposium is held every year at University of Leeds and is a great opportunity for PG in Physics and Astronomy to showcase their research in particular areas.

1st April 2014

Registration Opens for this years Microbubble Symposium

Registration for the Annual Microbubble Symposium opens today, to register, please visit our Microbubble webpage

For a full list of speakers and further details about the Symposium, please click here

This is the fourth year Leeds Microbubble Consortium have hosted the Symposium, for details about previous years, please click here

PhD position: New single molecule techniques for understanding protein-DNA interactions

28th March

DEADLINE: 1st MAY 2014


Protein-DNA interactions are central to many major cellular processes, including transcription, replication, and packaging of DNA into chromatin. However, we still know very little about how proteins interact physically with DNA. Without this basic knowledge we will be unable to understand many of the processes underpinning nucleic acid metabolism. New approaches are therefore required to probe directly how proteins bind to and manipulate DNA.


The project will exploit novel single molecule approaches to examine protein-DNA complexes with unprecedented molecular resolution. The ability to control, manipulate and interrogate single molecules will provide powerful insight into the function of these systems and, ultimately, will help us to understand the processes that underpin all aspects of nucleic acid metabolism. The project will make use of novel direct physical approaches to characterise the stability, flexibility and function of protein-DNA complexes (force clamp AFM) and will benefit from the unique collection of skills and experience of the research team.

The project is a collaboration between Dr Lorna Dougan in Physics at Leeds and Prof Peter McGlynn  in Biology at York.


This project forms part of a new White Rose studentship network “New single molecule techniques for understanding the physics of living systems” and is made up of a team of collaborators from the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York. The goal of the network is to develop new physical approaches to answer biological questions and new ways for working collaboratively across the physics-life science interface to maximise the impact of these approaches.

If you are interested, please contact Dr Lorna Dougan -


Registration for the Microbubble Symposium on April 1st

24th March

Registration will open for the Annual Microbubble Symposium on Tuesday 1st April.

This year we have another impressive line up of high profile speakers from the Microbubble field, including:

Valeria Garbin, Ian Miller, Jose Manuel Gordillo Arias de Saavedra, Abraham Lee, T.G.Leighton, Michiel Postema, Neil Thomson, Alexander Klibanov and Juergen Willmann

The Symposium will run over 2 days, from 1pm on Monday 14th July to Tuesday 15th July.

Full details of registration costs will be available on the Microbubble website from 1st April.

Leeds' Academic's speak at LCMB conference in India

7 March 2014

Professor Stephen Evans and Professor Richard Bushy recently attended the 'Light in Chemistry, Materials and Biology' in Kharagpur, India. Both were invited to speak at the conference and Richard was announced as the guest of honour.

The conference ran from 24th to 25th February 2014 at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur.

Speakers Announced for Forthcoming Microbubble Symposium

13 February 2014

We are pleased to confirm the following people will be speaking at this year's...

We are pleased to confirm the following people will be speaking at this year's Microbubble Symposium at Weetwood Hall, 14-15 July:

Valeria Garbin - Imperial College London

Jose Manuel Gordillo Arias de Saavedra - Sevilla University

Alexander Klibanov - University of Virginia

Abraham Lee - UC Irvine

T.G.Leighton - University of Southampton

Michiel Postema - University of Bergen

Ronald Roy - University of Oxford

Neil Thomson - University of Leeds

Juergen Karl Willmann - Stanford University

Registration will open on 1st April, further details will be listed on our Microbubble page, here

Leeds Microbubble Group attend 19th European Symposium on Ultrasound Contrast Imaging

23-24th January 2014

Members of the Leeds Microbubble Group attended the 20th European Symposium on Ultrasound Contrast Imaging in Rotterdam.

Sally Peyman produced the following poster about Microbubbles as stable drug-loadable structures toward targeted, triggered drug delivery, which can be viewed here.

For more information please click here.

Leeds Microbubble Group feature in Soft Matter blog

Issue 5, 2014

'Self-assembly of actin scaffolds on lipid microbubbles.' Please use the links below to take a further look at the paper and also the front cover of the blog.

Soft Matter Hot Papers 2014

Soft Matter Blog

Front Cover

Congratulations to those involved: George R. Heath, Radwa H. Abou-Saleh, Sally A. Peyman, Benjamin R.G. Johnson, Simon D. Connell and Stephen D. Evans

Microbubble Symposium 2013

The Annual Leeds Microbubble Symposium was held in June 2013 this year. Guest speakers included a number of world leaders in Microbubble research. The list of speaker is as follows:

Mark Borden, Eleanor Stride, Mangala Srinivas ,Michael Versluis, James McLaughlan, Oliver Couture, Georg Schmitz, Georg Feichtinger, Lori Bridal, Alexander Kilbanov, Klazina Koiiman, Heleen Dewitte, Jeff Bamber, Sandra Meyer and Paul Sidhu.

More details about the Annual Symposium can be found here.

14/07/13: Epigem and University of Leeds unveil first Microbubble Instrument - The HORIZON - for more information, click here