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Barbara Gabrys

Dr Barbara Gabrys CPhys FInstP FHEA
Academic Visitor

Department of Materials
University of Oxford
16 Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PH

Tel: +44 1865 273759 (Room 276.50.10)
Tel: +44 1865 273777 (reception)
Fax: +44 1865 273789 (general fax)

An ordinary member of the Council of the Institute of Physics, Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2013 - ).
Chair (2009 - 2012) of London and South East Branch
of the Institute of Physics

Summary of Interests

My current research interests are centred on combining experimental studies with modelling of polymers and biomaterials, especially exploring the link between modelling of polymeric materials and neutron scattering data. Other interests include: fundamental aspects of neutron scattering from polymers, dynamics of solid polymer electrolytes, phase separation in ionomer blends and liquid crystals, drug delivery.

  • Held the Royal Society (1985) and Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (1996) fellowships in Kyoto, Japan
  • ECU 'Go East' fellowship (1992) in Wroclaw, Poland

Research Publications

K. Tanaka, K. Nishida, B.J. Gabrys, M.J. Lawrence, and T. Kanaya, Sen-i Gakkaishi ‘Critical Dissolution Ionic Strength of Aqueous Solution of Chitosan Hydrochloride Salt’, Journal of the Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan, 70, 225-231 (2014)

B.J. Gabrys and T. Kanaya, ‘Basic modes of motion in polymers’ Chapter 3 in Dynamics of Soft Matter, V. García Sakai, C. Alba-Simionesco and S.-H. Chen, Eds, Springer-Verlag, New York (2012)

B.J. Gabrys and A. Beltechi, ‘Cognitive apprenticeships: the making of a scientist’, Chapter 11  in  Reshaping Doctoral Education: Changing Programs and Pedagogies, A. Lee and S. Danby, Eds, Routledge, London (2012)

B.J. Gabrys and J.D. Skinner, ‘Zen meditation and mindfulness for modern times’, B.J. Gabrys and J.D. Skinner, in ‘Haeccity: Proceedings of  ANPA 32 (2011), A.D. Ford, Ed., ANPA publishing

T. Kanaya and B.J. Gabrys, ‘Dynamics of polymers, Chapter IV.3 in Neutrons in  Soft Matter, T. Imae, T. Kanaya, M. Furusaka and N. Torikai, Eds., J. Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2011)

B.J. Gabrys, 'What does guide our actions? A wider context of S.R. Covey’s philosophy' in Reflexivity: Proceedings of ANPA 30, A.D. Ford, Editor, the MPG Books Group (2010)

R. Inoue, T. Kanaya, K. Nishida, I. Tsukushi, M. T. F. Telling, B. J. Gabrys, M. Tyagi, C. Soles and W.-l. Wu: 'Glass Transition and Molecular Mobility in Polymer Thin Films', Phys. Rev. E 80, 031802 (2009)

R. Inoue, T. Kanaya, K. Nishida, I. Tsukushi, J. Taylor, S. Levett and B.J. Gabrys: 'Dynamic anisotrophy and heterogeneity of polystyrene thin films as studied by inelastic neutron scattering; Eur. Phys. J. E 24, 55-60 (2007).

B.J. Gabrys, L. Pusztai and D.G. Pettifor: 'On the structure of liquid phosphorus tribromide (PBr3).' J. Phys.: Condensed Matter 19, 335205 (2007)

W. Zajac and B.J. Gabrys: 'Immiscibility-miscibility transition in lithium sulphonated polystyrene/polycarbonate blends as seen by small angle neutron scattering.' Phase Transitions 80, 1 (2007)

T. Kanaya, R. Inoue, K. Nishida, I. Tsukushi, J. Taylor, S. Vevett and B. Gabrys: 'Dynamic Heterogeneity of Polymer Thin Films in Terms of Non-Gaussian Parameter.' in QENS2006, edited by Paul E. Sokol, Helmut Kaiser, David Baxter, Roger Pynn, Dobrin Bossev, Mark Leuschner (Mater. Res. Soc., Warrendale, PA), 161 (2007)

W. Zajac, S. Urban, V. Domenici, M. Geppi, C.A. Veracini, M.T.F. Telling and B. J. Gabrys: 'Molecular dynamics in the nematic, smectic A and solid phases of (p,p'-di-n-) heptyl-azoxybenzene (HAB) as seen by the quasi-elastic neutron scattering and 13C CP-MAS NMR.' Phys. Rev. E 73 051704 (2006)

M. A. Adams, K. Refson and B. J. Gabrys: 'The high resolution inelastic neutron scattering spectrum of ammonium fluoride.' Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 1 (2005)

M. A. Adams, B. J. Gabrys, W. Zajac and D.G. Peiffer: 'High resolution incoherent inelastic neutron scattering spectra of polyisobutylene and polyisoprene.' Macromolecules 38, 160 (2005)

B.J. Gabrys, K. Pesz and S.J. Bartkiewicz: 'Brownian motion, molecular motors and ratchets.' Physica A 336/1-2, 112 (2004)

W. Zajac, B.J. Gabrys, D.G. Bucknall, J. Xu, R.W. Richards and L. Hutchings: 'Structure of flexible telechelic zwitterions in solutions.' Physica B: Condensed Matter 350, E975 (2004)

A.A. Bhutto, D. Vesely and B.J. Gabrys: 'Miscibility and interactions in polystyrene and sodium sulphonated polystyrene with poly (vinyl methyl ether) PVME blends. Part II. FTIR.' Polymer 44, 6627 (2003)

K. Pesz, B.J. Gabrys and S.J. Bartkiewicz: 'An analytical solution for Feynman ratchet.' Phys. Rev. E 66, 061103 (2002)

B. J. Gabrys, D. G Bucknall, A. A. Bhutto, R. Braiewa, D. Vesely and R. A. Weiss: 'Reflectivity studies of ionomer blends.' Applied Physics A 74[Suppl.], S336 (2002)

B.J. Gabrys, W. Zajac, J. Meyers and M.S. Kalhoro: 'Neutron Compton Scattering Studies of Stretched Polyethylene.' Applied Physics A 74[Suppl.], S1645 (2002)

W. Zajac, B. J. Gabrys, O. Schärpf, K. H. Andersen and E. E. Parsonage: 'Structure of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO and PEO.LiSO3CF3) studied with spin polarised neutrons.' Solid State Ionics 147, 213 (2002)

T. Kanaya, I. Tsukushi, K. Kaji, B.J.Gabrys and S.M. Bennigton: 'Evidence of localized fast picosecond process in glassy poly(methyl methacrylate) far below Tg.' Phys. Rev. B 64, 144202 (2001)

B. J. Gabrys and O. Schärpf: 'Small angle neutron scattering from polymers using polarised neutrons.' ILL Millennium Symposium Proceedings, 258 (2001)

B. J. Gabrys, W. Zajac and O. Schärpf: 'QENS from 'soft' systems: why use polarised neutrons?' Physica B 301, 69 (2001)

M. S. Kalhoro, B. Gabrys, W. Zajac, S. M. King and D. G. Peiffer: 'Small angle scattering studies of SPBT/PC blends.' Polymer 42, 1679 (2001)


How to Succeed as a Scientist: From Postdoc to Professor B.J. Gabrys and J. A. Langdale, Cambridge University Press, 2011, ISBN:9780521186834

Neutron scattering by polymers using spin polarised neutrons with spin polarisation optionâ?? O. Schärpf and B.J. Gabrys, published on the web 2008,

Applications of neutron scattering to soft condensed matter, Ed B.J. Gabrys, Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, France, 2000

Polish translation of Calculus on Manifolds, M. Spivak, W.A. Benjamin, Inc., 1965 by B. Gabrys and A. Solecki, 2nd edition, PWN, Warszawa 2005; Polish title: Analiza na rozmaitosciach
(Since its first printing in 1977 it has remained a recommended textbook for students of mathematics at Polish universities.)