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20082021
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Personal Statement

My research interests are focussed on particles and fluids: from particulates such as mud, cement, soil or pharmaceutical powders to suspensions such as colloids, blood, and swimming bacteria and algae. We study how such 'multiphase' systems respond to conditions such as forces, flow, and interactions with their environment. I am also particularly interested in the role of thermal fluctuations (so-called Brownian motion) in complex fluids and soft matter, whether in colloidal suspensions such as paints and foods or in biological systems such as proteins. We do both experimental and computational research, and collaborate with various industries to better understand processes and fundamental science of applications. I also do a lot of public engagement work, including books and articles, talks, and interactive events.

Teaching Interests

Departmental and Faculty Responsibilities:

  • Director of Teaching (2009-2016)
  • Faculty Learning and Teaching Forum
  • Faculty Academic Administration Committee (2011-2016)
  • Acting Full time MSc coordinator (2016-17)
  • Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering course liaison with Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry (shared UG course)

 

Taught Classes (Chemical Engineering:

  • CP102 Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • CP303 Materials Processing and Applications
  • CP305 Ethics, sustainability and economics
  • CP404 Multiphase systems
  • CP516 Emerging Technologies
  • CP520 Communicating Science and Technology
  • CP531 Frontiers of chemical engineering
  • CP407/413 Chemical Engineering Design
  • 18530 Chemical Engineering Project
  • CP926 Multiphase processing

 

Other teaching:

  • Becoming an Engaging Researcher (Cross-faculty public engagement skills)
  • Other ad-hoc public engagement classes

 

Teaching and learning research:

I am part of a small team within the Department which has been working over the past two years on employability, transferable skills and personal development-related issues in teaching and learning, with a particular recent focus on the role of student teamwork and student peer-tutoring to provide 'embedded' personal and professional development for undergraduates.

We are also beginning to look at innovation skills and how undergraduate teaching and student experience can help promote the impact of research into applications, as students graduate and become key players in industry.

Research Interests

My research interests are focussed on particles and fluids: from particulates such as mud, cement, soil or pharmaceutical powders to suspensions such as colloids, blood, and swimming bacteria and algae. We study how such 'multiphase' systems respond to conditions such as forces, flow, and interactions with their environment. I am also particularly interested in the role of thermal fluctuations (so-called Brownian motion) in complex fluids and soft matter, whether in colloidal suspensions such as paints and foods or in biological systems such as proteins. We do both experimental and computational research, and collaborate with various industries to better understand processes and fundamental science of applications.

Expertise & Capabilities

We have the following capabilities and expertise in my research group:

  • rheology/rheometry
  • direct flow visualisation microscopy
  • optical microscopy with fluorescence
  • high speed video
  • computational optical tracking analysis
  • a range of flows which can be studied in situ in microscopy, including channel, shear and squeeze
  • in development: optical tweezing
  • Monte Carlo/diffusive simulations including particle aggregation, gelation and associated analyses

Industrial Relevance

Industrial applications and systems relevant to our research include:

  • foods
  • oil and gas extraction
  • flow assurance
  • complex fluids
  • paints and coatings
  • sprays
  • slurries
  • pastes
  • granulation
  • crystallisation
  • colloidal materials
  • shear-thickening materials
  • porous materials, filtration, remediation

This list is not exhaustive: many if not most industrial processes and products involve systems of multiple phases, whether subject to evolution over time or during flow.

There is also significant relevance in natural and biological systems:

  • geology (porous rocks etc)
  • blood flow
  • tissue response to forces
  • molecular motors

Keywords

  • colloid
  • nanomaterials
  • rheology
  • soft matter
  • jamming
  • brownian motion
  • thermodynamics
  • biophysics
  • bionanoengineering
  • particulates
  • public engagement

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Projects 2008 2021

Research Output 2009 2016

  • 123 Citations
  • 16 Article
  • 3 Poster
  • 1 Speech
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
1 Citations

Group work experiences of women students in a Scottish chemical engineering programme

Nisbet, J., Haw, M. D., Boon, S., Harrington, R. W. & Fletcher, A. J. 31 Jul 2016 In : Education for Chemical Engineers. 16, p. 39-47 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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group work
Chemical engineering
Students
engineering
inclusion

Resonant alignment of microswimmer trajectories in oscillatory shear flows

Hope, A., Croze, O. A., Poon, W. C. K., Bees, M. A. & Haw, M. D. 20 Sep 2016 In : Physical Review Fluids. 1, 8 p., 051201

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Shear flow
shear flow
alignment
Trajectories
trajectories

Thesis

Complex flow of concentrated suspensions

Author: Forsyth, C., 1 Jul 2015

Supervisor: Haw, M. (Supervisor) & Lue, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Influence of controlled fluid shear on crystal nucleation from solution

Author: Forsyth, C., 1 Oct 2015

Supervisor: Haw, M. (Supervisor) & Sefcik, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Prizes

Selected Activities 2009 2014

Cambridge Science Festival invited talk: Frankenstein 2.0

Haw, M. (Speaker)
14 Mar 2014

Activity: Invited talk

Directed Assembly of Functional Nanomaterials (EPSRC Grand Challenge conference)

Haw, M. (Organiser)
12 Jun 201313 Jun 2013

Activity: Organiser of major conference

Famelab

Haw, M. (Speaker)
12 Mar 2012

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

New connections in particles and fluids

Haw, M. (Organiser)
31 Mar 2014

Activity: Organiser of major conference

Really Small Science at Glasgow Science Centre

Haw, M. (Speaker)
19 Oct 201322 Oct 2013

Activity: Invited talk