|2018-present||Professor of Soft Matter Engineering|
|2014-2018||Reader in Soft Matter, Imperial College London|
|2014-2015||Visiting professor at Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), University of Chicago, USA|
|2010-2014||Senior lecturer, Imperial College London|
|2005-2010||Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London|
|2002-2005||Foreign Guest Researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA|
|1998-2002||PhD in Polymer Science, Imperial College London|
|1997||Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, Saclay, France|
|1996||Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden|
|1992-1997||Physics degree, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal|
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My research interests are in soft condensed matter, in particular in complex polymer mixtures, multicomponent systems, often containing particles and copolymers. We study the thermodynamics and dynamics or polymer blends with a combination of real- and reciprocal-space techniques, including microscopy and AFM, and light, X-ray and neutron scattering.
We are interested in exploring microfluidics for soft matter processing, seizing their commensurate length and timescales. We are also interested in the patterning and device fabrication and explore ‘Frontal photopolymerisation’ (FPP) to rapidly create 3D structures that, moreover, are compatible with an array of organic solvents. We also developed a sound theoretical understanding of the nature of front propagation, which exhibits intriguing kinetics. In terms of applications, we work on microprocessing as a means to tune structure and performance of complex fluids, as well as interfacial tensiometry, and coupling of charcterisation approaches such as scattering.
Finally, we develop high-throughput and combinatorial approaches for polymer mixtures and network formation. We are now elaborating on scattering and spectroscopic tools to elucidate aspects of morphology and stability of elusive soft matter systems.
et al., 2022, Multimodal confined water dynamics in reverse osmosis polyamide membranes, Nature Communications, Vol:13, ISSN:2041-1723
Pellegrino L, Tan A, Cabral JT, 2022, Ripple patterns spontaneously emerge through sequential wrinkling interference in polymer bilayers, Physical Review Letters, Vol:128, ISSN:0031-9007
et al., 2018, Stability of polymer:PCBM thin films under competitive illumination and thermal stress, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:28, ISSN:1616-301X
et al., 2015, A Unified Approach for Patterning via Frontal Photopolymerization, Advanced Materials, Vol:27, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:6118-6124
et al., 2015, Corrigendum: The dynamics of methylammonium ions in hybrid organic–inorganic perovskite solar cells, Nature Communications, Vol:6, ISSN:2041-1723
et al., 2014, Ultrathin Polymer Films with Intrinsic Microporosity: Anomalous Solvent Permeation and High Flux Membranes, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:24, ISSN:1616-3028, Pages:4729-4737
et al., 2013, Performance enhancement of fullerene-based solar cells by light processing, Nature Communications, Vol:4, ISSN:2041-1723
et al., 2013, Patterning Polymer-Fullerene Nanocomposite Thin Films with Light, Advanced Materials, Vol:25, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:985-991
Wong HC, Cabral JT, 2010, Spinodal Clustering in Thin Films of Nanoparticle-Polymer Mixtures, Physical Review Letters, Vol:105, ISSN:0031-9007