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Rafi Blumenfeld (University of Cambridge)

MSc in Physics (Tel Aviv University), PhD in Physics (Tel Aviv University)

Research interests:
Theoretical Physics. Works on soft matter; granular, polymers, colloids and magnetic systems; inhomogeneous and porous structures; nonlinear transport phenomena; dynamics of curves and ribbons. (For further details see my personal site, linked below)

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Mike Cates (University of Cambridge)

Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and also Royal Society Research Professor.
Professor Cates is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He heads the Soft Matter research group

Research Interests:
Flow of colloids, polymers, emulsions, gels and other soft materials; shear-thickening and rheology in dense suspensions; dynamics of soft glasses; flow of liquid crystals; general theories of active matter; cellular locomotion; phase ordering in active and passive systems; statistical mechanics of active particles; and numerous other topics.

He currently holds an ERC Advanced Grant called ADNeSP: Active and Driven Systems, Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics.

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Mark Warner (University of Cambridge)

Professor Mark Warner is one of the founders of the field of liquid crystalline solids, which has yielded many exotic phenomena that are now confirmed experimentally. For this work he received a Maxwell Medal and Prize and a von Humboldt Research Prize. In 2003 Prof Warner was awarded the Agilent Technology Europhysics Prize by the European Physical Society. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Fellow of the Royal Society, London. Mark is also part of the Theory of Condensed Matter Group.

Research Interests:
Liquid Crystalline solids, and the application of geometry to exploit their thermal and optical response - for instance in light induced metric changes.

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