Professor Jamie Hobbs

Jamie HobbsProfessor of Physics

Contact details

  • Room: F7
  • Phone: +44 (0)114 22 24532
  • Fax: +44 (0)114 22 23555


Research group website

Research interests

  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Biological Physics
  • Soft matter Physics
  • Polymer Crystallization


  • PHY241
  • PHY119
  • PHY125
  • PHY113
  • First year tutorials
  • Chemical Physics tutor in Physics

Departmental administration

  • Chair of the Admissions Committee
  • Chemical physics tutor

Professional activities

  • Chair of the IOP Biological Physics Group
  • Co-I of the EPSRC “Understanding the Physics of Life” NetworkPlus
  • Member of the curriculum committee of the Royal Society of Biology

Recent key publications

  • R.C. Savage, N. Mullin, J.K. Hobbs (2015) “Molecular conformation at the crystal amorphous interface in polyethylene” Macromolecules 48(17) 6160-6165
  • R.G. Bailey, R.D. Turner, N. Mullin N. Clarke, S.J. Foster, J.K. Hobbs (2014) “The interplay between Cell Wall Mechanical Properties and the Cell Cycle in Staphylococcus aureus” Biophysical Journal 107 2538-2545
  • R. D. Turner, A.F. Hurd, A. Cadby, J.K. Hobbs, & S.J. Foster (2013) "Cell wall elongation mode in Gram-negative bacteria is determined by peptidoglycan architecture." Nature Communications 4, 1496-1504.
  • N. Mullin and J. K. Hobbs, (2011) "Direct Imaging of Polyethylene Films at Single-Chain Resolution with Torsional Tapping Atomic Force Microscopy." Phys Rev Lett, 107 (19), 197801.
  • L. Kailas, C. Terry, N. Abbott, R. Taylor, N. Mullin, S.B. Tzokov, S.J. Todd, B.A. Wallace, J.K. Hobbs, A. Moir, P.A. Bullough (2011) "Surface architecture of endospores of Bacillus cereus/anthracis/thuringiensis family at the subnanometer scale" Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108(38) 16014
  • X.B. Zeng, R. Kieffer, B. Glettner, C. Nurnberger, F. Liu, K. Pelz, M. Prehm, U. Baumeister, H. Hahn, H. Lang, G.A. Gehring, C.H.M. Weber, J.K. Hobbs, C. Tschierske, G. Ungar (2011) “Complex multicolour tilings and critical phenomena in tetraphillic liquid crystals” Science 331(6022) 1302