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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

  • 2015-date: Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Royal Society Research Professor
  • 2007-2015: Professor of Natural Philosophy and Royal Society Research Professor, University of Edinburgh
  • 1995-2007: Professor of Natural Philosophy, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
  • 1992-1995: University Lecturer, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
  • 1989-1992: University Assistant Lecturer, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
  • 1988-1989: Royal Society University Research Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
  • 1985-1995: Junior Research Fellow (1985-1989), Teaching Fellow (1990-1995), Trinity College Cambridge

Research

Mike is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He heads the Soft Matter research group. His current research interests include: flow of colloids, polymers, emulsions, gels and other soft materials; shear-thickening and rheology in dense suspensions; dynamics of soft glasses; flow of liquid crystals; general theories of active matter; cellular locomotion; phase ordering in active and passive systems; statistical mechanics of active particles; and numerous other topics. He currently holds an ERC Advanced Grant called ADNeSP: Active and Driven Systems, Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics.

Publications

Time-reversal symmetry violations and entropy production in field theories of polar active matter
ØL Borthne, É Fodor, ME Cates
– New Journal of Physics
(2020)
22,
123012
A full-chain tube-based constitutive model for living linear polymers
JD Peterson, ME Cates
– Journal of Rheology
(2020)
64,
1465
Ritz method for transition paths and quasipotentials of rare diffusive events
L Kikuchi, R Singh, ME Cates, R Adhikari
– Physical Review Research
(2020)
2,
033208
Thermodynamic cycles with active matter
T Ekeh, ME Cates, É Fodor
– Physical review. E
(2020)
102,
010101
Stealth Entropy Production in Active Field Theories near Ising Critical Points
F Caballero, ME Cates
– Physical Review Letters
(2020)
124,
240604
Non-equilibrium phase separation with reactions: a canonical model and its behaviour
YI Li, ME Cates
– Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
(2020)
2020,
053206
Constitutive model for shear-thickening suspensions: Predictions for steady shear with superposed transverse oscillations
JJJ Gillissen, C Ness, JD Peterson, HJ Wilson, ME Cates
– Journal of Rheology
(2020)
64,
353
Absorbing-state transitions in granular materials close to jamming
C Ness, ME Cates
– Physical review letters
(2020)
124,
088004
Chiral active matter: Microscopic 'torque dipoles' have more than one hydrodynamic description
T Markovich, E Tjhung, ME Cates
– New Journal of Physics
(2019)
21,
112001
Constitutive Model for Time-Dependent Flows of Shear-Thickening Suspensions.
JJJ Gillissen, C Ness, JD Peterson, HJ Wilson, ME Cates
– Physical review letters
(2019)
123,
214504
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Research Group

Soft Matter

Room

G1.08

Telephone

01223 337912