Dr Mamatha Nagaraj

Dr Mamatha Nagaraj


2011: PhD, Trinity College Dublin

2012: Brunel Research Fellow of Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, University of Manchester

2015: University Academic Fellow, University of Leeds

Research interests

I am an experimental physicist and the theme of my research has been to understand fundamental soft matter physics underpinning novel functional and responsive materials. The research topics we currently working on include (i) surface modification of polymers using liquid crystals as imprinting media, (ii) liquid crystals for beam steering applications, (iii) fabrication of novel colloidal particles and soft matter topology, (iv) aggregation induced emission in polymers and liquid crystals, (v) liquid crystals of novel architectures and exotic mesophases, (vi) design and understanding soft mechanical metamaterials and (vii) self-assembly and liquid crystallinity in copolymers.

We use experimental techniques including optical, fluorescent and atomic force and electron microscopies, super-resolution optical microscopy such as SIM, STED and STORM, X-ray scattering, dielectric, FTIR, Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopies, calorimetry, and direct write lithography. 

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Physics
  • British Liquid Crystals Society
  • International Liquid Crystals Society

Student education

  • Physics -1: Mechanics
  • Soft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals
<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/625-controlled-self-assembly-of-nanoparticles-for-photonic-and-plasmonic-applications">Controlled self assembly of nanoparticles for photonic and plasmonic applications</a></li> <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/626-developing-novel-mechanical-metamaterials">Developing novel mechanical metamaterials</a></li> <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/624-engineering-biomaterials-through-liquid-crystal-imprinting">Engineering biomaterials through liquid crystal imprinting</a></li>