Dr Martin Sweatman Keynote Seminar: Understanding anomalously-large clusters in small molecule solutions


Lecture Theater 1, Sanderson Building, School of Engineering, King's Buildings


Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:15 to 14:00

After briefly summarising my research in general terms, which can be described as ‘classical statistical mechanics in chemical engineering’, I’ll focus on my recent attempts to understand the anomalously-large clusters that form, apparently at equilibrium, in some small molecule solutions. These clusters are relevant to many natural and industrial processes, including pharmaceutical crystallisation and the design of bio-inspired nanomaterials, yet remain somewhat of a mystery. I will mainly discuss experimental, theoretical and molecular simulation results concerning aqueous amino acids, especially glycine, given their fundamental importance in biology.

Dr Martin Sweatman

  • UG: Maths and Physics, University of Bristol
  • PG: Theoretical Physics, University of Bristol
  • 4 years in industry with BP and UK Nirex
  • PDRA: Theoretical physical chemistry, Imperial College
  • Lecturer – Senior Lecturer: Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  • Reader: IMP, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
  • School of Engineering profile
  • Edinburgh Research Explorer profile

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