About me

I started as a Lecturer at Keele University at the end of May 2013logo. Prior to this, I first received my PhD at the University of Bristol, UK, working in the group of Professor J. Eastoe and studying the use of SANS to characterize surfactant self-assemblies in unusual solvents such as fluorocarbons and liquid carbon dioxide. In 2009 I moved to the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam-Golm, Germany, where I worked with Prof. H. Moehwald on corrosion-resistant coatings. In 2011 I was awarded a JSPS postdoctoral fellowship to work in NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan) with Dr T. Nakanishi and subsequently obtained a position as a researcher in the International Center for Young Scientists at NIMS, where I remained until May 2013.

My research, which is explained in a bit more detail in thediagram “research” tab, focuses on molecular self-assembly for organic electronics, and the application of scattering techniques, including SANS, for characterizing the structure and formation mechanisms of condensed matter. I’m generally interested in combining the two, in order to better put together structure-property relationships.

Please get in touch at m.hollamby@keele.ac.uk if you are interested!

Outside of work, I’m keen on almost everything that involves the outdoors. I like do a fair bit of running, walking, cycling, swimming… and often participate in races, often alongside my wife (and long-term collaborator) Zoe Schnepp. However, I’m also fond of a cooked breakfast on the weekend, a tasty curry / burger and am rather partial to good beer.








Other chemistry-related blogs I like:

1) In the pipeline, by Derek Lowe (I particularly enjoy reading the “things I wont work with” section!)

2) Chemistry Blog

3) Chembark


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