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Dr Gavin Hazell

Dr Gavin Hazell

Dr Gavin Hazell
BSc(Sur), PhD (Bath)

Research Associate

Office W302
Lower Maudlin Street,
Bristol, BS1 2LY
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+44 (0) 117 954 6390

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Biography

After completing my undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Surrey, I began a PhD at the University of Bath under the supervision of Professor Karen Edler. My reserarch focussed on using surface scattering to study soft matter at interfaces. I then took up a post-doctoral position in the department of chemistry at the University of Bristol to study low surface energy materials and novel applications for water treatment/purification. I moved to the School of Oral and Dental Sciences in January 2016.

My research interests lie in the broad area of colloid and interface science. I use modern techniques in the field to develop materials that are capable of solving real life issues. Characterisation of these materials proceeds through use of x-ray and neutron scattering techniques, dynamic light scattering, scanning electron microscopy and other anayltical surface chemistry equipment.

Recent breakthroughs include the use of magnetic polymers and graphene oxide to facilitate the recovery of toxic compounds from water. We have also been investigating novel zwitterionic surfactants for use as coatings for biomedical implants and/or non-toxic shampoo formulations.

A large interest is in the generation of bactericidal surfaces. These are surfaces that are able to kill bacteria the moment that they adsorb. They are generally composed of small nanospikes that are able to penetrate the bacteria cell membrane, placing it under stress and causing its death. We are currently using a range of materials and techniques to develop smart surfaces capable of this. 

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