Thanks to the generous financial support from the Leverhulme trust, Visiting Professor Rodney Priestley (Princeton University) delivered a series of six Soft Matter lectures in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, in June and July 2017. The lectures were open to all and recorded (links below), and stimulated discussions between academic staff and graduate students. 

Polymer Colloids: Production by FNP, Properties, Morphology Control and Encapsulation

15 June 2017. Flash nanoprecipitation (FNP) to form colloids; colloid thermal properties (lecture 1)

20 June 2017. Simple preparation of structured colloids and encapsulation by FNP (lecture 2)

Molecular Scale Characterization of Confined Glassy Polymers via Fluorescence

22 June 2017.  Basics of fluorescence; bulk and thin film glassy polymer characterization (lecture 3)

27 June 2017. Fluorescence enables local nanoscale measurements of confined polymers (lecture 4)

Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) of Polymer Thin Films

11 July 2017. Basics of MAPLE; simultaneous film growth and crystallization polymers (lecture 5)

13 July 2017. Introduction to recent discovery of stable glasses (lecture 6)

In addition, Rod participated in two discussions on diversity and inclusion in engineering, sharing his experiences as a student, researcher and professor, and now director of graduate studies at Princeton Chemical and Biological Engineering. 

To find out more about Rod's work please visit his group's website