skip to primary navigationskip to content

Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

Department of Physics

Studying at Cambridge

 

Mr Breanndán Ó Conchúir

Mr Breanndán Ó Conchúir

Winton Scholar

Supervisor: Dr Alessio Zaccone

Theory of Condensed Matter Group


Biography:

Bachelor in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Research Interests

My research is focused on applying modern statistical mechanics to describe transport, mechanical response and thermal properties in various soft matter systems relevant for new sustainable technologies. Recently I produced an analytical model to describe the stochastic breakup and stability of colloidal clusters in shear flow. This has a diverse array of applications, ranging from protein aggregation studies to water-based eco-compatible polymer materials processing. Currently I am researching charge carrier transport in organic semiconductors. I am particularly interested in investigating the intricacies of polycrystalline domain grain boundaries. Understanding such phenomena is vital to the pursuit for cheap, efficient, polymer-based solar cells.

    Key Publications

      1. B. O. Conchuir, Y. M. Harshe, M. Lattuada and A. Zaccone; 'Analytical Model of Fractal Aggregate Stability and Restructuring in Shear Flows', Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 53, 9109, (2014).

         

      2. A. S. Moussa, M. Lattuada, B. Ó Conchúir, A. Zaccone, M. Morbidelli and M. Soos; 'Flow-Induced Aggregation and Breakup of Particle Clusters Controlled by Surface Nanoroughness', Langmuir 29, 14386, (2013).

         

      3. B. Ó Conchúir and A. Zaccone; 'Mechanism of flow-induced biomolecular and colloidal aggregate breakup', Phys. Rev. E 87, 032310, (2013).

         

      4. R.V. Hügli, G. Duff, B. O'Conchuir, E. Mengotti, L.J. Heyderman, A. Fraile Rodriguez, F. Nolting and H.-B. Braun; 'Artifical kagome spin ice: dimensional reduction, avalanche control and emergent magnetic monopoles', Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. A 370 Iss. 1989, 5768, (2012).

         

      5. R.V. Hügli, G. Duff, B. O'Conchuir, E. Mengotti, L.J. Heyderman, A. Fraile Rodriguez, F. Nolting and H.-B. Braun; 'Emergent magnetic monopoles, disorder and avalanches in artificial spin ice', J. Appl. Phys. 111, 7, (2012).