I am a PhD student working in the Yeomans Group at the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford.
My research area is the wetting of surfaces, focusing on the effect of structural features on the statics and dynamics of water droplets, which can occur on both biological and synthetic surface. Specific examples I am studying include how elastic hairs may make a surface superhydrophobic, and how the geometry of features on a hydrophilic surface affect the shape of an imbibing film. I use both analytical calculations and numerical simulations in my work.


Contact Details

Room 2.4

Theoretical Physics
1 Keble Road
Oxford, OX1 3NP

Telephone ++44 (0)1865 273981





Superhydrophobicity on hairy surfaces

M. L. Blow and J. M. Yeomans
Accepted for publication in Langmuir


Imbibition through an array of triangular posts

M. L. Blow, H. Kusumaatmaja and J. M. Yeomans
Journal of Physics Condensed Matter, preprint


The collapse transition on superhydrophobic surfaces

H. Kusumaatmaja, M. L. Blow, A. Dupuis and J. M. Yeomans
Europhysics Letters, preprint

Events attended


Visitor at Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai

Nature's Raincoats at Techfest, IIT Bombay



Nature's Raincoats exhibition at the Royal Society Summer Fair,London



An Introduction to Lattice Boltzmann Methods for Complex Flow Simulations, CNRS, Rome



Curvature and Variational Methods in Physics and Biophysics, University of Santiago de Compostela

Physics by the Lake
, University of Cumbria, Ambleside

Mesoscale Modelling of Complex Fluids and Flows
, University of Oxford


Matthew Blow

Film spreading amongst triangular posts

Phase diagram of a drop on a hairy surface

The Nature's Raincoats exhibit