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Richard K. Bowles


Theoretical Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

University of Saskatchewan


New JCP Article: Diffusion in Quasi-One-Dimensional Channels: A Small System n,p,T, Transition State Theory for Hopping Times. Sheida Ahmadi and Richard K. Bowles J. Chem. Phys. 146 154505 (2017).     

Sept 2018 Ph.D and MSc positions available: See Jobs page. (Download Departmental Profile)  

Soft condensed matter encompasses a wide variety of materials including liquids, glasses, colloids, gels and even nanoparticles. We use a combination of classical thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and computer simulation to understand how interactions at a molecular level give rise to the complex collective properties of these materials.

At present, we are particularly interested in understanding the properties of nanoscale systems and are investigating nucleation properties in nanoparticles and the dynamics of highly confined liquids. Some of our the current projects include:

  • Heterogeneous nucleation and deliquescence of soluble nanoparticles

  • Freezing in nanoparticles

  • Jamming phenomena and the glass transition

  • The statistical mechanics of liquids systems

  • The statistical mechanics of nanoscale systems

More details about these topics can be found on our research page. If you are interested in joining my group, see the jobs page for details or feel free to contact me by email.