Dr Richard Mandle


I was awarded BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry at the University of Hull, before being awarded his PhD in Chemistry by the University of York in 2013 (thesis title: “The Nitro Group in Liquid Crystals”). Following my PhD I undertook postdoctoral positions at the University of York, working on advanced materials for high performance display devices. In 2020 I moved to the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds for a postdoctoral position working on auxetic liquid crystalline elastomers, which lead to the formation of a spin-out company – LCAuxetec. 

In 2022 I was awarded a prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship for a project titled “A New Order of Liquids”. This £1.5M project combines chemistry and physics, both experiment and theory, to sythesise and characterise fluid ferroelectric materials. 

<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>


  • PhD in Chemistry (York, UK)
  • MSc in Chemistry (Hull, UK)
  • BSc in Chemistry (Hull, UK)
<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/1329-developing-a-tuneable-ferroelectric-nematic-materials-platform">Developing a tuneable ferroelectric nematic materials platform</a></li>