Simulations of Soft Matter 

Group Leader: Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja

Welcome to the Kusumaatmaja group based in the Department of Physics at Durham!  We are interested in Theoretical and Computational Soft Matter and Biophysics. Our work is interdisciplinary, lying at the interface between Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, and Biology. Please see our research summary and publications if you want to learn more about our work.


Recent News:    
  • 17/9/2020: A new paper "Predicting Hemiwicking Dynamics on Textured Substrates" has been submitted for publication. This is joint work with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.
  • 4/9/2020: A new paper "Reconfiguration of Multistable 3D Ferromagnetic Mesostructures Guided by Energy Landscape Surveys" has been submitted for publication. This is joint work with the groups of Teng Zhang (Syracuse) and Xueju Wang (Connecticut).
  • 3/9/2020: Halim gave a keynote talk at the "International Conference on Research and Learning of Physics" organized by Universitas Negeri Padang.
  • 11/8/2020: Subkhi's paper on "

    Bidirectional motion of droplets on gradient liquid infused surfaces" has been accepted for publication in (Nature) Communications Physics [www]. Thanks to all the co-authors for their contributions!

  • 6/8/2020: Jack Law's paper on "

    Phase transitions on non-uniform curved surfaces: Coupling between phase and location" has been accepted for publication in Soft Matter [www]. This is joint work with Mark Miller. 

  • 21/07/2020: Subkhi's paper on "Factors controlling the pinning force of liquid droplets on liquid infused surfaces" has been accepted for publication in Soft Matter [www]. It has also been chosen as Front Cover.
  • 24/6/2020: A new paper "Self-propelled droplet transport on shaped-liquid surfaces" has been accepted for publication in Scientific Reports. This is joint work with Gaby Launay, Glen McHale, Rodrigo Ledesma and Gary Wells. [arXiv]
  • 17/6/2020: Subkhi has passed his PhD viva. Congrats Subkhi!
  • 16/6/2020: Halim's review article on "Intracellular wetting mediates contact site formation between membrane-bound organelles and phase separated, liquid-like compartments" has been accepted for publication in Emerging Topics in Life Sciences. This is joint work with Roland Knorr and Alexander May. 
  • 6/6/2020: Andrew's paper on "Control of superselectivity by crowding in three-dimensional hosts" has been submitted for publication. This is joint work with Mark Miller.
  • 2/6/2020: Jack Panter's paper on "Critical pressure asymmetry in the enclosed fluid diode" has just been accepted for publication in Langmuir. This is a joint collaboration with Yonas Gizaw from P&G. [arXiv]
  • 18/5/2020: Halim's paper on "

    Axisymmetric flows on the torus geometry" has been accepted for publication in JFM. This work is a collaboration with Sergiu 

    Busuioc and Victor Ambrus.
  • 30/4/2020: Sam Avis and Halim contribute to a new paper on OpenLB, which has now been accepted for publication in Computers and Mathematics with Applications.
  • 23/4/2020: A new paper on "Unrestrained ESCRT-III drives chromosome fragmentation and micronuclear catastrophe" has been accepted for publication in Nature Cell Biology [arXiv]. 
  • 20/4/2020: Welcome to Jack Parker who will work with Halim and Dr Margarita Staykova for his PhD. Jack is part of cohort 1 of SOFI2 CDT.
  • 10/4/2020: Ningning's paper on "Modelling double emulsion formation in planar flow-focussing microchannels" has been accepted for publication in Journal of Fluid Mechanics [arXiv].
  • 9/4/2020: Subkhi's paper on "Bidirectional motion of droplets on gradient liquid infused surfaces" has been submitted for publication. It is a joint work with the group of Gary Wells from Northumbria University [arXiv].
  • 23/3/2020: Will Foster has passed his PhD viva. Congrats Will!
  • 13/3/2020: Sarah's paper on "The Effect of Ageing on the Structure and Properties of Model Liquid Infused Surfaces" has been accepted for publication in Langmuir [www] [arXiv].
  • 13/2/2020: Jack Panter's paper on "Critical pressure asymmetry in the enclosed fluid diode" has just been submitted for publication. This is a joint collaboration with Yonas Gizaw from P&G.
    • 12/2/2020: Will Foster's new paper on "Self-assembly of small molecules at hydrophobic interfaces using group effecthas been accepted for publication in Nanoscale. [www]
    • 17/1/2020: Jack Panter has passed his PhD viva. Congrats Jack!