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Dr Gary Wells

Associate Professor

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Ee Gary Wells255I joined Northumbria University as an Anniversary Research Fellow in 2013. I gained a PhD in Physics from Nottingham Trent University In 2009, where I won the Sharp, SID 2009, best student award, for my work on wrinkling liquid surfaces using dielectrophoresis forces.

Before joining Northumbria I served two years as a Devices and Materials Researcher in the displays laboratory at Hewlett Packard in Bristol.



Campus Address

Ellison Building


  • Electronics PhD September 01 2005
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016
  • Information not provided Institute of Physics (IOP) 2013

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Theory of Change for improving children's perceptions, aspirations and uptake of STEM careers, Davenport, C., Dele-Ajayi, O., Emembolu, I., Morton, R., Padwick, A., Portas, A., Sanderson, J., Shimwell, J., Stonehouse, J., Strachan, R., Wake, L., Wells, G., Woodward, J. 8 Jan 2020, In: Research in Science Education
  • Bidirectional Motion of Droplets on Gradient Liquid Infused Surfaces, Sadullah, M., Launay, G., Parle, J., Ledesma-Aguilar, R., Gizaw, Y., McHale, G., Wells, G., Kusumaatmaja, H. 22 Apr 2020
  • Interfacial Strategies for Smart Slippery Surfaces, McHale, G., Ledesma Aguilar, R., Wells, G. 8 May 2020, In: Journal of Bionic Engineering
  • Apparent Contact Angles on Lubricant Impregnated Surfaces/SLIPS: From Superhydrophobicity to Electrowetting, McHale, G., Orme, B., Wells, G., Ledesma Aguilar, R. 19 Mar 2019, In: Langmuir
  • Double-sided slippery liquid-infused porous materials using conformable mesh, Geraldi, N., Guan, J., Dodd, L., Maiello, P., Xu, B., Wood, D., Newton, M., Wells, G., McHale, G. 16 Sep 2019, In: Scientific Reports
  • Droplet Retention and Shedding on Slippery Substrates, Orme, B., McHale, G., Ledesma Aguilar, R., Wells, G. 16 Jul 2019, In: Langmuir
  • Leidenfrost heat engine, Agrawal, P., Wells, G., Ledesma Aguilar, R., McHale, G., Buchoux, A., Stokes, A., Sefiane, K. 15 Apr 2019, In: Applied Energy
  • Low friction self-centering droplet propulsion and transport using a Leidenfrost herringbone-ratchet structure, Dodd, L., Agrawal, P., Parnell, M., Geraldi, N., Xu, B., Wells, G., Stuart-Cole, S., Newton, M., McHale, G., Wood, D. 27 Mar 2019, In: Physical Review Applied
  • Pinning-Free Evaporation of Sessile Droplets of Water from Solid Surfaces, Armstrong, S., McHale, G., Ledesma Aguilar, R., Wells, G. 26 Feb 2019, In: Langmuir
  • Bioinspired Nanoparticle Spray-Coating for Superhydrophobic Flexible Materials with Oil/Water Separation Capabilities, Geraldi, N., Dodd, L., Xu, B., Wood, D., Wells, G., McHale, G., Newton, M. 2 Feb 2018, In: Bioinspiration and Biomimetics

PGR Supervision

  • Bethany Orme Highly Mobile Droplets on Slippery Surfaces Start: 01/10/2016
  • Mumtahina Rahman Start: 01/10/2017


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