Dr Gary Wells




2.2008 A James Clerk Maxwell Building

Research Institute: 

  • Multiscale Thermofluids

Research Theme: 

  • Multiphase flows, interfaces and phase change from nano- to macro-scales
Dr Gary George Wells


After completing and access course with the Open University as a mature student I studied for my BSc(Hons) in Physics with Astrophysics at Nottingham Trent University. I continued my education and went on the gain a PhD Entitled “Voltage Programmable Liquid Optical Interfaces". After a short period as a fixed term lecturer I moved to an Industrial placement in the Hewlett Packard Displays Research Laboratory where I investigated the use of electro wetting in combination with liquid crystal displays. I was awarded an anniversary research fellowship at Northumbria University in 2013 and began research into surfaces and wetting with a particular interest in low contact angle hysteresis surfaces. In 2016 I became a senior lecturer at the same institution and in 2018 became the head of subject for Electrical Engineering. In July 2020 I became a Senior lecturer at Edinburgh University and moved my research into the Institute of Multiscale Thermofluids.    

Academic Qualifications: 

  • BSc (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics
  • PhD "Voltage Programmable Liquid Optical Interfaces

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • Member of Istitute of Physics (IOP)
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Acadamy
  • Member of the EPSRC College of Reviewers
  • Commitee meber if IOP Pringting and Graphical Sciences Group


Engineering 1

Research Interests: 

Experimental investigations into:

  • Condensation and evaporation on low contact angle hysteresis surfaces
  • Droplet interactions on Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS) including droplet-droplet Interactions and droplet-surface Interactions
  • Passive droplet actuation on surfaces including passive actuation via Gradient SLIPS surfaces and movement in response to macrostructures built into the surface.
  • Active droplet actuation by confinement wall reconfiguration, Electro-wetting, Dielectrophoresis and dielectrowetting.