Our research explores block copolymer behaviour using self-consistent field theory (SCFT), one of the best theoretical tools available in soft condensed matter physics. The structures of nanocomposite materials are examined, and nanoscale filler particles are added to the polymer matrix to create hybrid materials. The mechanical properties of both nanocomposite and pure block copolymer systems are also being predicted using the SCFT approach.
SCFT is usually solved numerically, so the development of new computational algorithms for it is on-going. Opportunities to apply SCFT and the surrounding numerical techniques to other non-polymeric "soft" systems are also being explored.