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Soft Matter Physics @ Bath



Prof Nigel Wilding 


The main focus of my research is the simulation study of novel phase behaviour in complex fluids such as colloids and liquid mixtures. Many of the interesting phenomena associated with such soft matter systems span many decades of length and time scales. Significant progress has been made in recent years in developing computational methodologies that allow us to obtain the properties of materials from atomistic-scale simulations. However, many phenomena and properties of interest have time and length scales that are inaccessible with current computational approaches. Examples are the relaxation of long chain polymer systems, freezing in dense colloidal suspensions, and phase transitions in highly size-asymmetric liquid mixtures. My work involves developing and applying theoretical and simulation techniques which permit the bridging of the length and time-scale gaps in such systems, thus facilitating detailed study of their properties.


Wilding, N., 2017. Disappearance of the Hexatic Phase in a Binary Mixture of Hard Disks. Physical Review Letters, 119, 115702.

Evans, R., Stewart, M. and Wilding, N. B., 2017. Drying and wetting transitions of a Lennard-Jones fluid: Simulations and density functional theory. Journal of Chemical Physics, 147, 044701.

Wilding, N., 2016. Critical drying of liquids. Physical Review Letters, 117 (17), 176102.

Wilding, N. B., 2016. Improved grand canonical sampling of vapour-liquid transitions. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 28 (41), 414016.

Wilding, N. and Jack, R., 2016. Coarse-grained depletion potentials for anisotropic colloids: application to lock-and-key systems. Journal of Chemical Physics, 145 (8), 084907.

Ashton, D. J., Ivell, S. J., Dullens, R. P. A., Jack, R. A., Wilding, N. B. and Aarts, D. G. A. L., 2015. Self-assembly and crystallisation of indented colloids at a planar wall. Soft Matter, 11 (30), pp. 6089-6098.

Evans, R. and Wilding, N. B., 2015. Quantifying density fluctuations in water at a hydrophobic surface:evidence for critical drying. Physical Review Letters, 115 (1), 016103.

Ashton, D., Jack, R. and Wilding, N., 2015. Porous liquid phases for indented colloids with depletion interactions. Physical Review Letters, 114, 237801.

Wilding, N. B. and Sollich, P., 2014. Demixing cascades in cluster crystals. Journal of Chemical Physics, 141 (9), 094903.

Ashton, D. J. and Wilding, N. B., 2014. Three-body interactions in complex fluids:virial coefficients from simulation finite-size effects. Journal of Chemical Physics, 140 (24), 244118.

Ashton, D. J. and Wilding, N. B., 2014. Quantifying the effects of neglecting many-body interactions in coarse-grained models of complex fluids. Physical Review E (PRE), 89 (3), 031301(R).

Ashton, D. J., Jack, R. L. and Wilding, N. B., 2013. Self-assembly of colloidal polymers via depletion-mediated lock and key binding. Soft Matter, 9 (40), pp. 9661-9666.

Ashton, D. J., Sánchez-Gil, V. and Wilding, N. B., 2013. Monte Carlo methods for estimating depletion potentials in highly size-asymmetrical hard sphere mixtures. Journal of Chemical Physics, 139 (14), 144102.

Wilding, N. B. and Sollich, P., 2013. A Monte Carlo method for chemical potential determination in single and multiple occupancy crystals. EPL (Europhysics Letters), 101 (1), 10004.

Wilding, N., 2012. Transitions between imperfectly ordered crystalline structures: A phase switch Monte Carlo study. Physical Review E (PRE), 85, 056703.

Ashton, D. J., Wilding, N. B., Roth, R. and Evans, R., 2011. Depletion potentials in highly size-asymmetric binary hard-sphere mixtures: comparison of simulation results with theory. Physical Review E, 84 (6), 061136.

Wilding, N. B., 2011. Accurate simulation estimates of phase behavior in ternary mixtures with prescribed composition. Journal of Statistical Physics, 144 (3), pp. 652-662.

Ashton, D. J. and Wilding, N. B., 2011. Grand canonical simulation of phase behaviour in highly size-asymmetrical binary fluids. Molecular Physics, 109 (7-10), pp. 999-1007.

Sollich, P. and Wilding, N. B., 2011. Polydispersity induced solid-solid transitions in model colloids. Soft Matter, 7 (9), pp. 4472-4484.

Wilding, N. B. and Sollich, P., 2010. Phase behavior of polydisperse spheres: Simulation strategies and an application to the freezing transition. Journal of Chemical Physics, 133 (22), 224102.

Ashton, D. J., Liu, J., Luijten, E. and Wilding, N. B., 2010. Monte Carlo cluster algorithm for fluid phase transitions in highly size-asymmetrical binary mixtures. Journal of Chemical Physics, 133 (19), 194102.

Sollich, P. and Wilding, N. B., 2010. Crystalline phases of polydisperse spheres. Physical Review Letters, 104 (11), 118302.

Ashton, D. J., Wilding, N. B. and Sollich, P., 2010. Fluid phase coexistence and critical behavior from simulations in the restricted Gibbs ensemble. Journal of Chemical Physics, 132 (7), 074111.

Wilding, N. B., 2009. Freezing parameters of soft spheres. Molecular Physics, 107 (4-6), pp. 295-299.

Wilding, N. B., 2009. Solid-liquid coexistence of polydisperse fluids via simulation. Journal of Chemical Physics, 130 (10), 104103.

Wilding, N., Light, P. S., Couny, F. and Benabid, F., 2008. Experimental Comparison of Electromagnetically Induced Transparency in Acetylene-Filled Kagome and Triangular Lattice Hollow Core Photonic Crystal Fiber. In: 2008 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics & Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference.Vol. 1-9. IEEE, pp. 1953-1954.

Wilding, N., Sollich, P. and Buzzacchi, M., 2008. Polydisperse lattice-gas model. Physical Review E, 77 (1), 011501.

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