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Dr Robert Malinowski
20 Gordon Street
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  • Research Fellow in Soft Matter Physics
  • Dept of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
I studied Chemistry at Imperial College London, where I completed my Masters trying to elucidated the method of selective ethylene oligomerisation to octene, before moving into industry. I worked for BioFocus, a CRO now owned by Charles River, creating drug candidates. I moved to Econic Technologies, a start-up company creating catalysts for the synthesis of polycarbonate polymers.

Subsequently, I returned to academia and completed my PhD at University College London, where I developed a new technique for the contactless manipulation of droplets. After another year in industry, working on materials for affinity chromatography, I came back to UCL to do a postdoc, continuing my PhD work.
Research Themes
Research Summary
My focus is on the interface of chemistry and physics, with the goal of creating complex, non-equilibrium systems capable of useful tasks. In my PhD, I found and developed a new method of inducing controllable flows in liquid droplets that can be used to control material within a droplet, or in special cases, move the droplet itself. Currently I am working on creating self-propelling droplets that are capable of depositing materials. The interplay of the physics of these droplets with the chemical interactions within the depositing compound allows control over molecular alignment, hopefully giving improved or new properties to these materials.

I also am beginning to work on active matter systems, using light to control synthetic swimmers and investigating collective behaviours.
Academic Background
  PhD Chemistry University College London
  MSci Chemistry Imperial College London
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