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Research interests

My research has been primarily concerned with the physical optics of biology, both the characterisation of biomaterials and fabrication of novel biomimetic and bioinspired structures. My PhD work investigated characterisation of structural colour in fruits and their development. My current interests lie in the interaction of physical and biological insight and techniques, particularly in visual ecology. My postdoctoral work continues my interest in fruit coloration and also in the characterisation, function and prevalence of iridescent materials in nature, from both an visual and an optical materials perspective.

 I'd love it if you read my papers! Please do email me if you would like to talk about them

> R. Middleton, M. Sinnott-Armstrong, Y. Ogawa, G. Iacucci, P. Rudall, C. Prychid, M. Conejero, E. Moyroud, B. Glover, M. Donoghue, S. Vignolini. Viburnum tinus Fruits Use Lipids to Produce Metallic Blue Structural Colour, Current Biology (2020) 30, 3804-3810 DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.07.005

> E Moyroud, T Wenzel, R Middleton*, PJ Rudall, H Banks, A Reed, G Mellers, P Killoran, MM Westwod, U Steiner, S Vignolini, BJ GloverDisorder in convergent floral nanostructures enhances signaling to bees, Nature (2017) 550, 469, DOI:10.1038/nature24285

> R Middleton*, X Li, J Shepherd, Z Li, W Wang, SM Best, RE Cameron, YYS Huang Near-field Electrospinning Patterning Polycaprolactone and Polycaprolactone/Collagen Interconnected Fiber Membrane, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering (2018) 303, 1700463, DOI:10.1002/mame.201700463

> JPH Rivett, LZ Tan, MB Price, S Bourelle, NJLK Davis, Z Xiao, Y Zou, R Middleton*, B Sun, AM Rappe, D Credgington, F Deschler. Long-lived polarization memory in the electronic states of lead-halide perovskites from local structural dynamics, Nature Communications (2018)

> BD Wilts, AG Dumanli, R Middleton*, P Vukusic, S Vignolini, Chiral Optics of helicoidal cellulose nanocrystal films, APL Photonics (2017) 2, 040801, DOI: 10.1063/1.4978387

> R Middleton*, U Steiner, S Vignolini,Bio-mimetic Structural Colour using BiopolymersChapter 17 Bio-Inspired Polymers,(2016), 555-585, DOI: 0.1039/9781782626664-00555

> A Duboin, R Middleton*, F Malloggi, F Monti, P Tabeling, Cusps, spouts and microfiber synthesis with microfluidics, Soft Matter, (2013), 9, 3041-3049.  DOI:10.1039/C2SM27142G



  • structural colour
  • iridescence


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