Dr Matthew (Matt) Mears

University Teacher in PhysicsPhoto of Matt Mears

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ShePHERD (Sheffield Physics Higher Education Research & Development)

    Research interests
    • Physics education in HE
    • Directed motion of self-motile cells
    • Cellular adhesion in male factor infertility
    • Glass transition of thin films
    • Polymers at surfaces and interfaces
    Teaching
    • PHY101
    • PHY120 (module leader)
    • PHY230 / PHY231
    • PHY341 project supervision
    • PHY407 (module leader)
    Departmental duties
    • Head of second year lab
    • Member of departmental Equality and Diversity committee
    • Member of the Sheffield Physics Higher Education Research and Development (ShePHERD) group.
    Publications
    • “R-D-L Me This: A simple semi-directed learning approach to teaching first year physics students.” New Directions In The Teaching Of Physical Sciences, 11 (1) (2016)
    • "The Spiderwheel - a new apparatus to demonstrate energy conservation and moment of inertia", Am. J. Phys . 83, 817-820 (2015).
    • "Effect of extracellular polymeric substances on the mechanical properties of Rhodococcus", BBA-Biomembranes, 1848, 518-526 (2015).
    • "Reduced curvilinear velocity of boar sperm on substrates with increased hydrophobicity". Theriogenology, 81, 764 (2014).
    • "Diffusion of Dextran Within Poly(methacrylic acid) Hydrogels", J. Polym. Sci. B Polym. Phys., 50, 1286 (2012)
    • "Single Macromolecule Diffusion in Confined Environments", Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 32, 1411 (2011)
    Teaching Qualifications
    • Senior Fellow of the HEA