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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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Projects 2001 2021

Biodegradable Microbeads and Microspheres

Scott, J. & Edler, K.


Project: Research council

starch gels

Research Output 1995 2019

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., 22 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Physics Communications.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

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., 22 Feb 2019, In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Influence of Aromatic Structure on the Thermal Behaviour of Lignin

Rowlandson, J. L., Woodman, T. J., Tennison, S. R., Edler, K. J. & P. Ting, V., 16 Jan 2019, In : Waste and Biomass Valorization.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mechanically robust cationic cellulose nanofibril 3D scaffolds with tuneable biomimetic porosity for cell culture

Courtenay, J. C., Filgueiras, J. G., Deazevedo, E. R., Jin, Y., Edler, K. J., Sharma, R. I. & Scott, J. L., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry B . 7, 1, p. 53-64 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Nanostructure of the deep eutectic solvent/platinum electrode interface as a function of potential and water content

Hammond, O. S., Li, H., Westermann, C., Al-murshedi, A. Y. M., Endres, F., Abbott, A. P., Warr, G. G., Edler, K. J. & Atkin, R., 1 Jan 2019, In : Nanoscale Horizons. 4, 1, p. 158-168 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Water content


Nanostructured hydrogel films for encapsulation and release

Author: Wasbrough, M., 1 Nov 2011

Supervisor: Edler, K. (Supervisor) & Price, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


NMR and Gas Sorption Studies of Structure-Transport Relationships in Porous Media

Author: Shiko, E., 31 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Ellis, M. (Supervisor), Edler, K. (Supervisor) & Lowe, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Oxidised Cellulose Gels and Films for Encapsulation and Release

Author: Celebi, D., 22 Jun 2015

Supervisor: Edler, K. (Supervisor), Scott, J. (Supervisor), Guy, R. (Supervisor) & Unali, G. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD