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Exploration of a robotic swimmer

13 Jul 2020
Crover Ltd

Zubin Roy, a physics student at Edinburgh, completed a placement with Crover. The company have developed a first-of-its-kind robot that “swims” through cereals and grains, allowing farmers to monitor silo stores and ensure that disease or spoilage is identified quickly and dealt with. Zubin’s project investigated whether and how the robot mixes grains as it moves.

Dr. Keith Bromley reflects on working with ScotBio

07 Jul 2020

In his recent blog, Dr Keith Bromley tells us about his experiences of working with Scot Bio, a biotechnology company based in Scotland, as an independent consultant after he moved to California.  Dr Bromley met the Chief Technology Officer, Rocky Kindt, at an Academic Industrial Meeting Day (AIMDay) organized by Edinburgh Innovations.  Keith

ECFP's Covid-19 response

22 Apr 2020

The Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership is running projects to support industry with making hand gels for sanitising skin.  The formulation recommended by the World Health Organisation is very liquid like and runs off the hands leading to poor coverage and waste.  Hand gels require an ingredient, usually a polymer, to ‘thicken’ the formulation so that it will not drip off the hand and can be rubbed in.  We are performing rheology experiments to explore a range of potential rheology modifiers that are compatible with active ingredients known to kill viruses (e.g.

Industrial and interdisciplinary applications of suspensions

09 Jul 2019
SCI, Belgrave Square, London

In 2019, the Graham Lecture will be awarded to Professor Wilson Poon of the University of Edinburgh.  Organised by the SCI's Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and RSC's Colloid & Interface Science Group this meeting will be of interest to both industrial and academic researchers, particularly those from colloid chemistry, soft matter physics and chemical engineering backgrounds working with suspensions.  The Graham Lecture is awarded, biennially, to a scientist

Genius Placement

31 May 2019
Genius Foods

Through EPSRC Impact Acceleration funding, Dr Nick Koumakis, a postdoctoral research associate, is on an industrial placement at Genius Foods in Bathgate, for 6 months during 2019, to work towards developing an understanding of the science behind how each of their 20+ ingredients contribute to the formation and final properties of their bread.  Genius Foods are leaders in manufacturing gluten-free foods.  Nick is using his expertise in rheology and microscopy techniques and experience working with large datasets to help the company identify opp

Deconstructing sauces

12 Jun 2019
Newtown Cookery School, Edinburgh

In this summer evening demonstration at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Founder of Genius Foods, and Dr Paul Clegg, a soft materials physicist at Edinburgh University, will be inviting the audience to join them in investigating how sauces and dressings are constructed and how this construction can go very wrong.

How Making Chocolate Is Like Mixing Cement

20 May 2019
New York Times

Considerable media attention in the press has followed  Professor Wilson Poon's recent paper in PNAS on the physics behind the conching process for making chocoloate.   Examples include 'How Making Chocolate is Like Making Cement' (New York Times, 20th May 2019), 'Scientists reveal physics behind s

Community partnership work leads to award recognition for Dr Jean-Christophe Denis

03 May 2019

The Community Partnership Award recognises innovative and fruitful approaches where University staff and students work in partnership with the community on activities which lead to positive social impact. For his work around science engagement in the Craigmillar Community,From left to right, bottom to up: Dr. Amy Tyndall and Dr.</body></html>

Our Potion and Alchemy classes at Edinburgh International Science Festival

17 Apr 2018

ECFP swapped lab coats for wizard robes at the Edinburgh International Science Festival to present Physics Wizardry: Potion and Alchemy Class. Classes took place at the National Museum of Scotland and the children/apprentice physics wizards were introduced the magic world of potions by Headmaster Dr JC Denis who kicked off the class by demonstrating ferromagnetic and photochromic liquids.

Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence

09 Apr 2018

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to welcome Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Founder of Genius Foods Ltd as our Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence.  For the next two years, Lucinda will spend one day a week helping physicists to think more broadly about the applications of their research,  to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and improve links to those in bus

Biocoatile wins WEAR sustain funding

13 Mar 2018

ECFP is delighted to be part of the Biocoatile team, awarded EU funding under the WEAR sustain scheme, for developing sustainble coatings for textiles.  Physicists will be working with textile designers to explore the commercial potential of the patented BslA coating for protecting yarns.

Soft Matter Physics Ceilidh

21 Feb 2018
Room G.01, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

Come and dance the Biofilm Riverside Jig along with traditional ceilidh dances you know & love!

This is a ceilidh with a twist: some of the dances will have been designed by our own physicists, to illustrate their research or physics concepts they love. With the award-winning Science Ceilidh Band playing live, it promises to be a fun evening!

Taking complex fluids into a magical world

26 Feb 2018

Inspired by the ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ festival organised by the British Library, we joined forces with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh Gin and Edinburgh Libraries to deliver some magical classes and demonstrations for muddles (non-gardening folk) at the Hogweed’s School of Botany & Magical Horticulture.

Potions and Plants: A Magical Evening at The Royal Botanic Garden

16 Feb 2018
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5LR

We will join a magical event at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, inspired by the "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" festival.

Put your wizard cloak on, and come and join us for a number of classes specially tailored for wanna-be wizards! As you might have guessed, we will be showing the science behind potions and alchemy. We look forward to seeing you at this fantastic event!

AIMday Manufacturing for the Future 2018

17 Jan 2017
University of Edinburgh

ECFP will be participating in the AIMday Manufacturing for the Future 2018 event hosted by Edinburgh Innovations at the University of Edinburgh on 17th January 2018.  Companies are invited to submit challenges for academics to consider.  Topics include: 

ECFP @ Festival of Physics

13 Nov 2017

Thousands of visitors enjoyed hands-on activities, talks and exhibitions at the Festival of Physics, which was organised by the Institute of Physics at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh on the 4 & 5 November.

ECFP @ Midlothian Science Festival

09 Oct 2017 to 18 Oct 2017
Pentland Plans and IKEA

After a successful session about the Physics of Afternoon Tea (the 9th October), where our reserachears Keith Bromley and Marion Roullet introduced enthusiastic audience members to the physics behind dairy products, scones, jams and tea, we'll be back at the Cafe at Pentland Plants Garden Centre the 16th, showing how microscopic structures of chocolate affect its taste and look. We'll end our contributions to the fantastic Midlothian Science Festival by an activity for children, "Soft Matter Kingdom", in IKEA (Straiton) the 18th from 3 to 5pm.

A successful Doors Open Day

28 Sep 2017

ECFP was delighted to open its doors to visitors last Saturday 23rd September. Part of the Edinburgh-wide Doors Open Days event, ran annually by the Cockburn association, visitors were greeted at the level 2 of JCMB (where the ECFP is located) by a team of 13 PhD students and Post-Docs, who showcased the physics of complex fluids through a number of highly interactive activities, such as making slime, lava lamps, playing with a non-Newtonian fluid made of corn-starch and water, investigating the possibility of life on Mars, etc.

ECFP @ Doors Open Days

23 Sep 2017
Level 2, James Clark Maxwell building, King's Building Campus, Edinburgh

The ECFP is proud to be part of Edinburgh Doors Open Days this year again.

BioInformulation 2017: Event Report

06 Sep 2017

ECFP's biannual Informulation Event this year focused on all things "Bio" related. In the morning session participants heard from researchers in the Edinburgh Soft Matter and Biological Physics group. Prof Cait MacPhee spoke on the outcomes of the recently completed programme grant and her work applying fundamental biophysics to industrial formulations. Dr Jochen Arlt and Dr Katie Burton from RAFT Vetinary consulatants discussed their work using DDM litterally in the field to measure the mobility of bulls' sperm.

BioInformulation 2017

04 Sep 2017
Erskine Williamson Building, King's Buildings, University of Edinburgh

ECFP present an event to bring together industrial and academic researchers to celebrate and share the results of our EPSRC funded Programme Grant on 'Design Principles for New Soft Materials'. This has included adventurous research on the behaviour of microorganisms in complex fluids and on harvesting functional ingredients from biological materials.  We look forward to sharing ideas and development opportunities with scientists from academic and industrial backgrounds.

Engaging with Global Challenges

12 Jul 2017

ECFP is excited to be partnering with the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) on a Global Challenges Research Fund BBSRC Foundation Award on Formulating Value Chains for African Orphan Crops.  ECFP will be exploring the physical properties of ingredients derived from African Orphan Crops and seeking functional performance criteria suitable for the manufacture of processed foods. 

Smart Soft Stuff at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

06 Apr 2017 to 07 Apr 2017
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

ECFP was proud to present four workshops on Smart Soft Stuff at the Edinburgh International Science Festival at the National Museum of Scotland.

Hackathon on smart, soft, sustainable materials

21 Feb 2017

ECFP was delighted to co-host a hackathon with the energy company Engie and Launch.ed during the University's Festival of Creative Learning week.  The day brought together 18 students with experienced scientists across the College of Science and Engineering and trainers in entrepreneurship.  In the morning the group split into teams and brainstormed, then converged on ideas and developed a pitch presentation.

SOFI Industry Day

30 Jun 2016
University of Leeds

The SOFI CDT are holding their third Industry Day. Designed to link togther industry with the centre's academic expertise the meeting will include presentations and to opportunity for one to one meetings between industrialists and academics. For more information and to register see the event website.

Innovations in Encapsulation

10 Jun 2016
John McIntrye Conference Centre, Edinburgh

ECFP are helping to orgainise Innovations in Encapsulation. Organised by the RSC Formulation Science and Technology Group, this one day meeting will hightlight new techniques in encapsulation.

Job Vacancy ECFP Impact Project Manager or Impact Acceleration Associate

23 May 2016

ECFP have a vacancy for an Impact Project Manager (UE08) or Impact Acceleration Associate (UE07)

A fixed-term 2 year postdoctoral position is available in the School of Physics and Astronomy (part of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, SUPA). In due course, it may be possible to extend this role beyond this timeframe.

Chancellor's Fellow in Food and Rheology

18 May 2016

Applications are invited for a Chancellor's Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy to work in industrially-relevant areas of science. This post will be in soft condensed matter research and its impact through the Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership, particularly in the rheology of soft materials and in applications of physics to food and personal care products. Search vacancy 036117 on the University of Edinburgh's jobs website.

ECFP labs in new facilities video

16 May 2016

The facilities of the Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership part of the Soft Matter Physics Group are featured in a new video from Interface.

The video promotes access to facilities in Universities and Research Facilities across Scotland for businesses in need of specialist expertise.

Flow and Stability of Complex Formulations Workshop

27 Apr 2016
CSEC, Erskine Williamson Building, King's Buildings, University of Edinburgh

On April 27th, Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership, together with Interface, jointly hosted a workshop on the flow and stability of complex formulations. This second workshop of the Scottish Formulation Network brough together academic and industry participants to discuss how structure and interactions in multicomponent mixtures control stability and flow properties.

Robot E. Coli

19 Apr 2016

The ‘Robot E. Coli’ project demonstrates how bacteria swim. It was one of several demonstration experiments which formed “The Bacterial Circus” at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. The video show the swimmers in action.

Exploring the Flow Properties of Caramel

24 Feb 2016

Researchers in the School of Physics and Astronomy have recently shown that caramel acts like a rubber. Professor Wilson Poon and Simon Weir studied the flow behaviour of caramels with different composition as showed that the sticky, complex sweet has rubber-like flow properties.

Professor Cait MacPhee made a CBE in the New Year's Honours list

05 Jan 2016

Professor Cait MacPhee has been made a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. Cait’s award is given in recognition of her services to women in Physics. Cait is a Professor of Biological Physics, her research focusses on the behaviour of proteins; how they assemble and how that assembly can be controlled. Her recent work on the use of bacterial proteins to stabilise ice-cream has been widely reported.

Deeply hot topic forthcoming for a PhD student funded by SCI

21 Dec 2015

Starting in January 2016, the Society of Chemical Industry will be funding Navneeta Katyan to seek a fundamental understanding of colloid structure under flow in liquid crystalline and lamellar systems. This is relevant to the processing of traditional formulations for topical creams and is vital the development of new techniques for formulation science.

Soft Matter at Dundee Science Festival

09 Dec 2015

On a particularly wet and windy Saturday students from the Condensed Matter Centre for Doctoral Training lead by soft matter researchers Katy Dickenson and Katherine Rumble journeyed to the Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee with a stand displaying the complexities of phases of matter. The stand, organised and run by the students themselves, was set up in the upper mall as part of a larger event within Dundee Science Festival. Shoppers were captivated by the non-Newtonian properties of oobleck, a simple mixture of cornflour and water which can behave as both a solid and a liquid.

Protein to stabilise ice cream

09 Sep 2015

Scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee led by Professor Cait MacPhee have discovered a protein that can help to stabilise ice cream. The protein, known as BslA, occurs naturally is food-safe and is already consumed in a Japanese breakfast food called Natto. When BslA was incorporated into ice cream it was able to stabilise fat droplets, air bubbles and even the ice crystals. Such enhanced stability could help retard melting and thus give the consumer a little more time to polish off their treat.

Informulation2: Design principles for future formulations

08 Sep 2015
CSEC, James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Building Campus, University of Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ

On Tuesday 8th September, ECFP will host Informulation2015, an event that will bring together academic and industry participants to encourage collaboration for future projects.  We will explore how function, structure, interactions and dynamics in complex mixtures can lead to informed design for future formulations.

Contact us if you are interested in attending.

Complex Fluids demonstrations at Dunbar Scifest 2015

08 Mar 2015
Dunbar SciFest

On Sunday 8th of March researchers from ECFP ran an interactive workshop at the Dunbar SciFest. Around 400 people visited the Soft Matter in Action stand and played with demonstrations highlighting the research from the group, including our ever popular vat of cornstarch in water as a model non-Newtonian fluid. Visitors also made edible gel capsules, investigated viscous coiling, and met our collection of fluffy microbes.

ECFP join the launch of the International Year of Light in Edinburgh

23 Feb 2015
The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Dr Vincent Martinez and Dr Jochen Arlt will join eminent scientists and speakers at the Royal Society of Edinburgh to celebrate the launch of the International Year of Light. They will showcase modern light microscopy techniques used to image swimmers at the microscale, such as swimming bacteria and self-propelled synthetic colloids. They will show how light can be used to control their swimming abilities and create spatial patterns at the microscopic level.

Apply now for PhD studentships within the SOFI CDT

20 Feb 2015

The Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI) Centre of Doctoral Training is accepting applications for the 2015 cohort of PhD students before the 27th February 2015. This CDT is run between the Universities of Durham, Edinburgh and Leeds, see the SOFI CDT website for details.

Consultancy with Physics in Innovative Learning Week (ILW)

19 Feb 2015
James Clerk Maxwell Building, Edinburgh

Pretend that you are a consultant working with companies to help them solve challenges with product manufacture and innovation. Dr Job Thijssen, Prof. Alex Lips and Dr. Tiffany Wood of the Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership will provide insight into what it is like to work with companies through quasi-'real-life' case studies. Find out more from the ILW brochure.

Interactive Formulation Science Workshop

19 Nov 2014
Natural Product Biotechnology 2014

ECFP is scheduled to present an Interactive Formulation Science workshop at the Natural Product Biotechnology conference in Inverness this November to illustrate key concepts through live experimental demonstrations and promote networking. This is a significant new conference for people with interests in high value natural products, their application in drug discovery, foods and nutraceuticals, personal care products and cosmeceuticals, and other biotech applications.

ECFP's interests in the Horizon 2020 calls

10 Nov 2014

ECFP is interested in engaging in forthcoming calls for the European Horizon 2020 programme. Here is a summary detailing the calls we are interested in and our areas of expertise. We will be happy to share further details through conversation.

Here is Dr Tiffany Wood's presentation and here is Dr Joe Tavacoli's presentation at the NMBP Brokerage event on 13th November 2014.

Dr TA Wood awarded a prestigious Royal Society Industry Fellowship

18 Oct 2014

Dr Tiffany Wood of the Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership has been awarded a Royal Society Industry Fellowship. She will be working with The Mentholatum Company, who make the iconic product DEEP HEAT, to help optimize their formulation and processes and to develop innovative formulations.

A SUPA funded industrial placement at L'Oreal by Dr. Niek Hijnen

07 Oct 2014
L'Oreal, Paris

Having just finished my PhD and working as a PDRA with ECFP at the University of Edinburgh, I was offered the opportunity to go on a 3 month secondment, funded by the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), to L'Oreal in Chevilly-Larue, Paris. Florence Levy, who is leading L'Oreal's Applied Fragrances Research group, had offered a project studying the complexation of fragrance molecules.

Prospering Through Innovation

01 Oct 2014
Enquire: News from the School of Physics and Astronomy

An article covering opportunities enjoyed by start-ups and SMEs through working with ECFP.

Soft Matter in Action at Doors Open Day 2014

27 Sep 2014
James Clerk Maxwell Building, University of Edinburgh

Researchers introduced over 300 people to the delights of soft matter as part of Doors Open Day on Saturday 27th September 2014. This city wide event allows members of the public to see behind the scenes of building across Edinburgh. At the JCMB, visitors were able to see the rheo-imaging set up in action, visit the food science preparation laboratory, and see examples of active soft matter in the form of bacteria and Janus particles.

60,000 dog biscuits later… and it’s a new home

15 Sep 2014
Pet Business World

Scottish businesswoman is planning to expand her company, Pawsitively Natural, and open her own manufacturing unit in East Kilbride following initial development work with ECFP.

ECFP at Eat Drink Discover Scotland

12 Sep 2014
The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

On the 12th of September ECFP members Dr Tiffany Wood, Dr Anne Pawsey and CM-DTC student Katherine Rumble will join the Scottish Food and Drink Federation to share the excitement of food science with school pupils who attend Eat Drink Discover Scotland. We will use hands on experiments to highlight their research and explain how complex fluids are important in foods.

£700,000 committed to Industrial Biotechnology innovation projects

10 Sep 2014
IBioIC News

IBioIC funding has offered GlycoMar & MicroA an opportunity to work with SAMS, University of Strathclyde, and ECFP at the University of Edinburgh to solve some of the problems we have encountered while scaling up the production of our microalgal cosmetic product.

Forming Liquid Marbles

05 Sep 2014

This high speed video shows a drop of water falling onto a bed of hydrophobic sand. Because the sand is hydrophobic (rather than hydrophilic, which is typically the case), the water expands across the surface of the bed rather than penetrating into the gaps between the sand particles. During this process, the particles become stuck at the air-water interface to leave a particle-covered droplet. Such droplets are often called liquid marbles. The video was shot at 6000 frames per second.

Launch of the ECFP Gallery

01 Jul 2014

The ‘ECFP Gallery’ is a new display, housed along the corridor to the right of the lift near the entrance of the James Clerk Maxwell Building, that can be accessed at any time. Posters and a display case of samples show some of the important scientific concepts explored by our research group. This display will be used for industrial visits and for outreach activities.

Dog treat takes the biscuit

25 Nov 2013
Daily Express

ECFP helped start-up company Pawsitively Natural develop a wheat-free dog biscuit.

Cosmetics R&D: Cosm’innov gives an update of the state of the art

21 Oct 2013
Premium Beauty News

ECFP presents bijel microcapsule technology to a skin-care audience in Cosmetic Valley.