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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.