Glen McHale

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Research interests

Areas of research include the smart and advanced materials, static and dynamic wetting of surfaces (theory and experiment) and acoustic waves (fundamentals and sensor applications):

Wetting and Dewetting: Video-microscopy is used to study the interaction and evolution of liquids on surfaces. These surfaces have different geometries (planar, fiber, etc) and can be smooth or patterned;

Superhydrophobic, Superwetting and Slippery Surfaces: Lithography, electrodeposition and etching to sculpture surfaces at the nano- and micro-level is used to obtain extreme water repellency, imbibition beyond that which chemistry alone can deliver or super-slippery lubricant impregnated surfaces (SLIPS);

Electrowetting, Dielectrowetting and Liquid Optics: Liquid surfaces are shaped and droplets are controlled using electrostatic forces to create programmable diffraction gratings and lenses;

Acoustic and Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors: High frequency vibrations of quartz crystal microbalances (QCMs) and surface acoustic wave devices (SAWs) are used to probe liquid properties, and the solid-liquid and solid-vapour interfaces with selectivity achieved via surface coatings. 



Research Student Supervision Interests

Smart Materials and Surfaces, including wetting/dewetting, electrowetting, lubricated surfaces

Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Applied Mathematics

    1 Sep 1983 - 31 Aug 1986
  • BSc (Hons), Mathematical Physics

    1 Sep 1980 - 1 Jul 1983

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, FRSA

    11 Nov 2017 -
  • Chartered Physicist (CPhys), Institute of Physics (IOP)

    20 Apr 2015 -
  • Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    9 Mar 2007 -
  • Fellow, Institute of Physics (IOP)

    1 Jan 2002 -
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

    1 Jan 2002 -