Will's photoPhD student

Email: w.sharratt16@imperial.ac.uk


  • 2016 – Present Imperial College London, Microflow Templating of Polymer Particles and Capsules
  • 2012- 2016: MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience, University of Bristol, Bristol.
  • 2015-2016 University of Bristol, Zwitterionic Polymer-Surfactant Mixtures at the Air-Water Interface (MSci)
  • 2015 Infineum UK, Novel Routes to RAFT Copolymers (Summer Placement)
  • 2014-2015 Infineum UK, RAFT Copolymers for Friction and Wear Reduction (Industrial Placement)

Having graduated from Bristol University in 2016 with a first class degree in chemistry, I am a second year PhD student within the Polymers & Microfluidics group. My previous experience is in RAFT polymerisation and tribology, during my time within industry, as well as X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and interfacial tensiometry to characterise bulk interactions between soft materials and interfacial structure. I am interested in resolving complex and fundamental phenomena associated with soft materials. My current research aims to investigate the directional solidification in formation of nanostructured materials and microcapsules; how phase transitions, or stratification, of soft materials can impart hierarchical structures for tunable transport and rheo-mechanical properties. I am particularly interested in the use of scattering techniques (light, x-rays and neutrons) to further characterise these materials during formation and in their application.


W. N. Sharratt, A. Brooker, E. S. J. Robles and J. T. Cabral, Soft Matter, 2018, 10.1039/c7sm02488f