Dr Olivier Cayre

Dr Olivier Cayre


Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor in Colloid and Polymer Engineering, School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds (2017-present).
  • Lecturer, School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds, UK (2012-2017).

Post-doctoral Positions

  • University Research Fellow, School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering, University of Leeds, UK (2007-2012).
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC, US (2006-2007).
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Funded by Unilever Ltd.), Department of Chemistry, University of Hull, UK (2005).


  • PhD, Colloid Chemistry, University of Hull, UK (2001-2005).
  • MSc (Hons), Macromolecular and Physical Chemistry, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France (2000-2001).


  • 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

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

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>