Barber Research

Ula Stachewicz

   We are interested in studying the physical properties and behaviour of soft materials at small length scales. Most of our research examines the mechanical and surface properties of soft materials, almost exclusively using advanced experimental techniques. The materials that we examine are diverse but research is currently focussed on polymeric nanofibres and their composites either produced synthetically, usually using electrospinning methods, or in nature such as the collagen assemblies found in bone. These materials typically show physical properties that change as they become smaller and are thus interesting both in fundamental behaviour as well as for potentially new nanotechnological applications. Some of our research develops new experimental and imaging techniques in order to design more effective testing procedures. Our facilities are extensive but mostly incorporate scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy and focussed ion beam.