Dr Olivier Cayre

Dr Olivier Cayre


Olivier Cayre (OC) is an Associate Professor is the School of Chemical and Process Engineering. OC received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Hull in 2005 and then spent time as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. He then moved to the University of Leeds as a university resarch fellow and was promoted to lecturer (2012) and associate professor (2017) in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering. Research in OC’s group is focused on both fundamental and applied aspects of colloid and polymer engineering. In particular, OC collaborates with both academic and industrial colleagues in the UK and internationally to design and understand the behaviour of functional colloidal and polymeric systems. He is an author of over 100 scientific articles including 11 patents and 3 book chapters.

Google scholar link: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=mqPL8zAAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate


Previous Research Group Members (PhD students and Post-Doctoral Research Fellows)

Karen Mitchell (2015) – Now @ Beckitt Benkiser

James Hitchcok (2015) – Now self-employed

Yuanyuan Zhou (2016) – Now @ Ricoh Products Ltd

Kirsty Stark (2017) – Now @ Batelle

Mohmed Mulla (2017) – Now @ Johnson & Johnson

Emily James (2017) – Medical Student @ University of Cambridge

Calum Ferguson (2018) – Research group leader in the O’Reilly group @ University of Birmingham

Assim Fiaz (2019) – Now @ St Gobain

Juliette Behra (2019) – Marie Curie Fellow @ Nestle in Lausanne

Kai Yu (2019) – Associate Professor @ Jiangsu University

Dr Huagui Zhang – Associate Professor @ Fujian Normal University

Dr Alison Tasker – PDRA @ University of Queensland



  • Co-leader of Colloid and Polymer Engineering Research Group

Research interests

  • Design and synthesis of functional colloidal and polymeric systems
  • Heterogeneous polymerisation
  • Emulsions and foams
  • Adsorption at surfaces and interfaces
  • Controlled and self-assembly of colloidal systems
  • Colloid particle manipulation using external forces (e.g. magnetic and electric fields)
  • Microencapsulation systems
  • Complex formulated products
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Colloid & Surface Science Committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the Society for Chemistry in Industry

Student education

Taught postgraduate lead.

Final year research project lead.

Research groups and institutes

  • Complex Systems and Processes
  • Institute of Process Research and Development
  • Functional Materials
  • Industrial Biotechnology and Bio-waste
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/887-the-physics-of-microgels-and-other-soft-colloids">The physics of microgels and other soft colloids</a></li>