Founded by Stefan Bon, the BonLab is an internationally renowned scientific research team at the University of Warwick working in the area of colloid science.


We study the chemistry and physics of colloidal systems in which molecular and/or colloidal entities can be assembled into more complex supracolloidal structures, with the aim to produce innovative advanced materials . We are interested in the synthesis of particles and macromolecules with a design tailored to provide function, for example motility, or responsive photonic behavior.  We investigate and develop methods to (self)-organise colloidal matter, and aim for an understanding of the interactions involved between molecular and colloidal building blocks and potential macroscopic substrates. We find it important that our technologies can be scaled-up and are of use in a variety of industrial applications ranging from sensors and devices, coatings and adhesives, to food, personal care, agricultural and biological systems.  


Dr. Nicholas Ballard

We have an ongoing collaboration with former BonLab member dr. Nicholas Ballard who now has his independent research team at the University of the Basque Country, Spain.

Prof. Emily F. Hilder

We have a longstanding collaboration with the team of prof. Emily Hilder at the University of Southern Australia. Contributing scientists are:

dr. Christopher T. Desire

dr. R. Dario Arrua

dr. Amin Hkodabandeh

Prof. Molly M. Stevens

We have an exciting collaboration on supracolloidal soft materials with prof. Molly Stevens’ group at Imperial College London. Contributing scientist who is a former BonLab member is:

dr. ROBERT v. Bell

Dr. Silvia Vignolini

We have an exciting collaboration on photonics of supracolloidal materials with dr. Silvia Vignolini’s group at Cambridge University. Contributing scientist is:

mr. gianni jacucci

Prof. Andreas Walther

We undertook exciting adventures on both Pickering stabilization and enzyme driven autonomous materials with the team of prof. Andreas Walther’s group, now at Freiburg University, Germany. Contributing scientists:

Dr. Thomas heuser

dr. Thomas Ruhland

BEE Innovation Hub

Prof. Stefan Bon is a club member of the Bio Electrical Engineering Innovation Hub since may 2018. Other members at Warwick are

dr. Munehiro Asally

prof. Murray grant

dr. Gabriel Meloni

prof. Orkun Soyer

Prof. Pat Unwin

dr. CHRistian Zerfass

Open Positions

MSc/PhD Students

We are always looking for enthusiastic and driven people who would like to join our team as a master (MSc) or PhD student.  



  • first class degree in a physical science (chemistry, chemical engineering, physics)
  • experience in polymer and colloid science and/or soft matter physics



We are on the look out for enthusiastic and driven researchers who can join our team with a fellowship, or in response to a specific job vacancy displayed here if available. 



  • A PhD in or related to the areas of polymer and colloid science or soft matter physics
  • A strong track-record of publications

Specific vacancies:

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