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Research interests

Work in the Edler group focuses on understanding the formation of functional hierarchically structured materials in order to apply that understanding to make new materials. We use self-assembly, driven by interactions between nanoscopic species (micelles, nanoparticles, polymers) in solution and at interfaces to form materials with organized structures from nm to cm. Understanding interactions between surfaces, nanoparticles and other species is central to our control over structure and thus function.

We use time-resolved grazing incidence X-ray & neutron reflectivity, liquid diffraction and small angle scattering to study formation mechanisms & final structures. A range of other complementary techniques (including TEM, SEM, AFM, NMR, light scattering, surface tension, conductivity, XRD, SESANS, USANS/USAXS, gas adsorption) are also used to characterise our materials across length scales from tens of Ångstroms to microns.

Extensive collaborations with other groups in industry and academia apply the novel materials synthesised in our group to applications from delivery of active species, to catalysis and “green” gels or emulsions.


For more details please see the Edler group page.


Current research topics

  • Self-assembly, solvent structures and materials synthesis in deep eutectic solvents
  • Lipid nanodiscs for membrane protein supports & drug encapsulation
  • Biodegradable surfactant synthesis & characterisation
  • Polymer-surfactant and polymer-protein conjugates in films & particles for encapsulation/release
  • Functionalised cellulose nanofibril thickeners for sustainable aqueous formulations
  • Biodegradable microbeads and Pickering emulsions for formulations
  • Mesoporous inorganic oxide particles and membranes.

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Micelles Chemical Compounds
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Projects 2001 2022

Research Output 1995 2019

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An introduction to classical molecular dynamics simulation for experimental scattering users

Mccluskey, A., Grant, R., Symington, A., Snow, T., Doutch, J., Morgan, B., Parker, S. & Edler, K., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Applied Crystallography. 52, 3, p. 665-668 4 p.

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Assessing molecular simulation for the analysis of lipid monolayer reflectometry

Mccluskey, A., Grant, R., Smith, A., Rawle, J., Barlow, D., Lawrence, J., Parker, S. & Edler, K., 3 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Physics Communications. 3, 7, p. 1-12 13 p.

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Bayesian determination of the effect of a deep eutectic solvent on the structure of lipid monolayers

McCluskey, A., Sanchez Fernandez, A., Edler, K., Parker, S., Jackson, A. J., Campbell, R. A. & Arnold, T., 21 Mar 2019, In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics . 21, 11, p. 6133-6141 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Deep Eutectic Solvents as Alternative Media for Materials Synthesis

Atri, R., Eslava Fernandez, S. & Edler, K., 8 May 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


A study of the structure and formation of biocompatible mesostructured polymer- surfactant hydrogel films

Author: Holdaway, J., 26 Feb 2014

Supervisor: Edler, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Coarse-grained modelling for soft matter scattering

Author: McCluskey, A., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Edler, K. (Supervisor) & Parker, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Decorated Cellulose Surfaces - Opportunities For Novel, Sustainable Ingredients For Formulated Products And Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

Author: Courtenay, J., 13 Feb 2019

Supervisor: Scott, J. (Supervisor), Edler, K. (Supervisor) & Sharma, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Deep Eutectic Solvents: Structure, Solvation, and Synthesis

Author: Hammond, O., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Eslava Fernandez, S. (Supervisor) & Edler, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Electrical Transport Measurements of Phytantriol Mesophases

Author: Brown, R., 11 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Takashina, K. (Supervisor), Marken, F. (Supervisor) & Edler, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD