Professor Douglas Cleaver

Job title: 
Head of Postgraduate Research and Professor of Materials Modelling at Sheffield Hallam University

Phone 0114 225 3055 

BSc, PhD, MInstP, CPhys

Research interests

My research is in the field of molecular and mesoscopic modelling, with a particular emphasis on computer simulation of ordered fluids. The majority of my work centres on the use of molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, dissipative particle dynamics, smooth particle hyrodynamics and lattice Boltzmann simulation techniques to investigate the behaviour of freely self-assembling systems. An underlying theme in my work is the use of computer modelling to investigate aspects of systems which are inaccessible to experimental and theoretical study. Another focus of my work is the relationship between molecular interactions and the mesoscopic structures / macroscopic phases to which they lead.

Highlights include studies into confined liquid crystals, spontaneous formation of the gyroid phase by simple particles and hierarchical self-assembly of chiral fibres and other components.

I was promoted to a Personal Chair in 2009. Also, I was awarded the 2012 Cyril Hilsum Medal, the mid-career award of the British Liquid Crystal Society, as recognition of the original contributions my research has made to that field.

Research collaborations 

I have international collaborations with, amongst others, Dr Paulo Teixeira (Lisbon), Dr Gerd Schroeder-Turq (Murdoch, Australia), Dr Tim Atherton (Tufts, USA) and Prof Claudio Zannoni (Bologna, Italy).

In the UK, I have worked with Prof Steve Evans (Leeds) and Prof Nigel Mottram (Strathclyde) as well as industrial collaborators at Unilever (Colworth) and HP (Bristol)  

 I also maintain links with many of my former research students (now running at over 20)

In addition to performing novel research, I have an interest in running Outreach activities for the general public. I have presented to a range of audiences at some major UK science fairs, given public lectures and developed materials for others to use. These include a live computer simulation demonstrator which is free to download from the Soft Matter World website.

I am currently on the Steering Committees of the IoP Liquids and Complex Fluids Group and the British Liquid Crystal Society. I have previously performed similar roles with CCP5 and the RSC Stat Mech and Thermodynamics Group.

Postgraduate Research

In addition to being a research Professor, I am also Head of Postgraduate Research at SHU. This means that I lead SHU's research degree provision - PhDs, professional doctorates and research masters degrees - with a remit that covers all four Faculties and is operationalised through the University's central Postgraduate Research School.

Recent publications

Open-access versions of many of Doug's papers can be accessed at SHURA