Department of Physics
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Office: MacNaughton 448
Phone: (519) 824 - 4120 x 53704
Fax: (519) 836 - 9967
My group currently (October 2014) consists of one Ph.D. student and two undergraduate Nanoscience project students. I also have a close collaboration with experimentalists in the laboratory of Prof. John Dutcher, on the subject of bacteria biophysics. Our weekly joint group meetings provide our students with the opportunity to present their latest results to the group in an informal setting.
lie in theoretical soft materials physics and biophysics. My current research focuses on two
fundamental aspects of polymeric materials: the formation of nanostructures in
polymeric materials via self-assembly, and the interplay between these
structures and the dynamical evolution of the polymeric material. The study of
the structure, dynamics and response of biological assemblies is also
a research theme in my group. We use a combination of sophisticated
analytical theory and high-performance computation to model the behaviour of
areas of interest include:
3) Modelling bacteria twitching motility on surfaces (movie)
4) Theory for the structure of the bacterial lipid membrane in the presence of antimicrobial peptides
Douglas J. Grzetic, Robert A. Wickham, and An-Chang Shi, Statistical dynamics of classical systems: A self-consistent field approach, Journal of Chemical Physics 140, 244907 (2014).
Russell K. W. Spencer and Robert A. Wickham, Simulation of nucleation dynamics at the cylinder-to-lamellar transition, Soft Matter 9, 3373 (2013).