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Faculty of Mathematics

 
  • 2015-date: Lucasian Professor of Mathematics
  • 2007-2022: Royal Society Research Professor
  • 1995-2015: 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 recently completed an ERC Advanced Grant called ADNeSP: Active and Driven Systems, Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics.

Prizes and Awards

  • 2021: International Member, US National Academy of Sciences
  • 2019: International Member, US National Academy of Engineering
  • 2016: Bingham Medal, US Society of Rheology
  • 2013: Weissenberg Award, European Society of Rheology
  • 2009: Dirac Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics
  • 2009: Gold Medal, British Society of Rheology
  • 2007: Fellow of the Royal Society (London)
  • 2005: Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 1996: Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • 1994: Prix Franco-Britannique (Paris Academy of Sciences)
  • 1991: Maxwell Prize and Medal, Institute of Physics

Publications

Sir David John Cameron MacKay FRS. 22 April 1967 — 14 April 2016
M Longair, M Cates
– Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
(2017)
63,
443
Theories of binary fluid mixtures: From phase-separation kinetics to active emulsions
ME Cates, E Tjhung
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2017)
836,
p1
Does a growing static length scale control the glass transition?
M Wyart, ME Cates
– Physical Review Letters
(2017)
119,
195501
Spatiotemporal Self-Organization of Fluctuating Bacterial Colonies.
T Grafke, ME Cates, E Vanden-Eijnden
– Physical Review Letters
(2017)
119,
188003
Nonequilibrium dynamics of mixtures of active and passive colloidal particles
R Wittkowski, J Stenhammar, ME Cates
– New Journal of Physics
(2017)
19,
105003
Phoretic Interactions Generically Induce Dynamic Clusters and Wave Patterns in Active Colloids
B Liebchen, D Marenduzzo, ME Cates
– Physical Review Letters
(2017)
118,
268001
Contractile and chiral activities codetermine the helicity of swimming droplet trajectories
E Tjhung, ME Cates, D Marenduzzo
– Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
(2017)
114,
4631
Entropy Production in Field Theories without Time-Reversal Symmetry: Quantifying the Non-Equilibrium Character of Active Matter
C Nardini, É Fodor, E Tjhung, F van Wijland, J Tailleur, ME Cates
– Physical Review X
(2017)
7,
021007
Pattern formation in chemically interacting active rotors with self-propulsion
B Liebchen, ME Cates, D Marenduzzo
– Soft Matter
(2016)
12,
7259
Tunable shear thickening in suspensions
NYC Lin, C Ness, ME Cates, J Sun, I Cohen
– Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
(2016)
113,
10774
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Research Group

Soft Matter

Room

G1.08

Telephone

01223 337912