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Paola Carbone


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Paola Carbone is Professor of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemical Engineering and currently chair of the CCP5. She obtained my PhD in Material Science from "Universita' Bicocca" in Milan in 2004. After a 2-years postdoc at the University of Bologna, in 2006 she was awarded a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation and joined the group of Prof. Mueller-Plathe in Darmstadt (Germany). 

In 2008 she moved to the University of Manchester with a RCUK fellowship and joined the Department of Chemical Engineering where she was promoted Senior Lecturer in 2014 and Professor in 2020.  

Her area of expertise is simulations of soft matter and her group specializes in developing new multiscale coupling procedures to link different modelling techniques from quantum mechanics to dissipative particle dynamics. Currently active research areas are: electrolyte/graphene interfaces, polymer composites for industrial applications and surfactant solutions.  

Over the years she has  been member of the CCP5 Executive Committee (2010-2013), the Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) for E-Infrastructure for the EPSRC (2015-2018), chair of the CCP5 Summer School (2017-2019) and member of the IUPAC subcomittee on on Polymer Terminology (2016-2019). 

Research interests

My research interests are centered on the simulation of complex fluids including development of models, force fields and algorithms.We use a combination of quantum, atomistic, coarse-grained and mesoscopic models to predict and understand thermodynamic, dynamic and structural properties of polymers, surfactans and electrolyte solutions.

For a more comprehensive view of my reserach interests please visit my website.

My group


There are several fellowships available in the School for perspective PhD students. Follow this link

If you are interested in applying for one of those to work in my group, send me an email with your CV.

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Advanced materials
  • Henry Royce Institute
  • National Graphene Institute


  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Polymers and Colloids
  • graphene
  • Graphene-based membrane
  • Energy Storage


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