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Faculty of Mathematics

 
  • 2015-date: Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Royal Society Research Professor
  • 2007-2015: Professor of Natural Philosophy and Royal Society Research Professor, University of Edinburgh
  • 1995-2007: Professor of Natural Philosophy, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
  • 1992-1995: University Lecturer, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
  • 1989-1992: University Assistant Lecturer, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
  • 1988-1989: Royal Society University Research Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
  • 1985-1995: Junior Research Fellow (1985-1989), Teaching Fellow (1990-1995), Trinity College Cambridge

Research

Mike is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He heads the Soft Matter research group. His current research interests include: flow of colloids, polymers, emulsions, gels and other soft materials; shear-thickening and rheology in dense suspensions; dynamics of soft glasses; flow of liquid crystals; general theories of active matter; cellular locomotion; phase ordering in active and passive systems; statistical mechanics of active particles; and numerous other topics. He currently holds an ERC Advanced Grant called ADNeSP: Active and Driven Systems, Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics.

Publications

Constitutive model for time-dependent flows of shear-thickening suspensions
JJJ Gillissen, C Ness, JD Peterson, HJ Wilson, ME Cates
– Physical review letters
(2019)
123,
214504
Autonomous engines driven by active matter: Energetics and design principles
P Pietzonka, É Fodor, C Lohrmann, ME Cates, U Seifert
– arXiv preprint 1905.00373
(2019)
9,
041032
Chiral active matter: microscopic ‘torque dipoles’ have more than one hydrodynamic description
T Markovich, E Tjhung, ME Cates
– New Journal of Physics
(2019)
21,
112001
Hydrodynamically Interrupted Droplet Growth in Scalar Active Matter.
R Singh, ME Cates
– Physical Review Letters
(2019)
123,
148005
Dynamic clustering and re-dispersion in concentrated colloid-active gel composites.
G Foffano, JS Lintuvuori, K Stratford, ME Cates, D Marenduzzo
– Soft Matter
(2019)
15,
6896
Competing chemical and hydrodynamic interactions in autophoretic colloidal suspensions.
R Singh, R Adhikari, ME Cates
– The Journal of chemical physics
(2019)
151,
044901
Conching chocolate is a prototypical transition from frictionally jammed solid to flowable suspension with maximal solid content.
E Blanco, DJM Hodgson, M Hermes, R Besseling, GL Hunter, PM Chaikin, ME Cates, I Van Damme, WCK Poon
– Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
(2019)
116,
10303
Shear-Induced First-Order Transition in Polar Liquid Crystals.
T Markovich, E Tjhung, ME Cates
– Physical review letters
(2019)
122,
088004
Optimizing active work: Dynamical phase transitions, collective motion, and jamming
T Nemoto, É Fodor, ME Cates, RL Jack, J Tailleur
– Physical review. E
(2019)
99,
022605
From bulk to microphase separation in scalar active matter: a perturbative renormalization group analysis
F Caballero, C Nardini, ME Cates
– Journal of Statistical Mechanics Theory and Experiment
(2018)
2018,
123208
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Research Group

Soft Matter

Room

G1.08

Telephone

01223 337912