Philip Camp


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Personal profile


  • 1990-1994: B.A. Chemistry (M.A. 2011), University of Oxford
  • 1994-1997: Ph.D. Physics, University of Bristol
  • 1997-2000: Isaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia

Administrative Roles

  • Chair of the Board of Examiners (2010-2014)
  • Senior Internal Examiner (2014-2016)
  • Head of Physical Chemistry (2014-2020)


  • Year 2 Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Year 3 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Year 4/5 Colloids

My research in a nutshell

Computer simulations and statistical mechanics of complex fluids

Current Research Interests

The area of research is the development and application of computer simulation methods and statistical mechanics to study dense materials such as liquids, solids, and colloidal suspensions. Molecular systems are studied using atomistically detailed models, while coarse-grained models are developed for more complex materials such as colloidal suspensions or polymer solutions. Thermodynamic, structural, and dynamical properties are evaluated using molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations, and analytical theory, in order to forge links between the microscopic and bulk characteristics of materials. Recent studies include:

  • the thermodynamics and magnetic properties of ferrofluids;
  • the processes of polymeric self-assembly and deposition on surfaces driven by solvent evaporation;
  • the adsorption of surfactants on colloidal surfaces;
  • kinetic friction in lubricated systems;
  • the structure, dynamics, and phase behaviour of ionic fluids;
  • the design and characterisation of nanoscale drug-delivery devices;
  • biomineralisation in diatoms.


  • QD Chemistry
  • colloidal suspensions
  • interfaces
  • ionic fluids
  • liquid crystals
  • polar fluids
  • polymers
  • QC Physics
  • critical phenomena
  • molecular simulations
  • phase transitions
  • statistical thermodynamics


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