Dr Tommy S Horozov

Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry

Faculty of Science and Engineering


01482 465220

Tommy Horozov is a recipient of the EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship Award (2006-2011), a senior lecturer at the University of Hull (2015- ) and visiting Professor at the Department of Materials Chemistry, University of Vienna (2017, 2018).

He holds a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Sofia and has been conducting fundamental and applied research on various aspects of material science.

These include the adsorption of surfactants on surfaces, the behaviour of solid particles in thin liquid films, emulsions and foams, solid wetting and open microfluidics, hydrogels, porous polymers and composite materials.


Research Interests

Colloidal particles
• behaviour at liquid interfaces and in thin liquid films
• particle-stabilised foams and emulsions
• non-spherical and Janus particles

Wetting and capillarity
• contact angles of solid particles and surfaces
• ‘smart’ porous coatings for anti-biofouling
• open microfluidics

Advanced materials
• porous and composite materials (incl. graphene containing composites)
• self-assembled nano-particle structures for nano-photonics & metamerials
• super-stretchable hydrogels

Research groups

Member of the Nano3 research group at Hull and has strong links and collaboration with
• Paunov Research Group (Professor V.N. Paunov, University of Hull)
• Georgiou Polymer Group (Dr T.K. Georgiou, Imperial College London)
• PaCE Group (Professor A. Bismarck, University of Vienna)

Part of the Aura team at Hull for research, development and innovation in the offshore wind industry as a co-ordinator of the focus group for materials, coatings and surfaces.


Thompson B R, Horozov T S, Stoyanov S D and Paunov V N, 'An ultra melt-resistant hydrogel from food grade carbohydrates', RSC Advances, 7, pp 45535–45544 (2017)

Halbus A F, Horozov T S and Paunov V N, 'Colloid particle formulations for antimicrobial applications', Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 249, pp 134–148 (2017)

Law D, Auriol M, Smith D, Horozov T S and Buzza D M A, 'Self-Assembly of Two-Dimensional Colloidal Clusters by Tuning the Hydrophobicity, Composition, and Packing Geometry', Physical Review Letters, 110, 138301 (2013)

Law D, Buzza D M A and Horozov T S, 'Two-Dimensional Colloidal Alloys', Physical Review Letters, 106, 128302 (2011)

Horozov T S, 'Foams and Foam Films Stabilised by Solid Particles', Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science, 13, pp 134–140 (2008)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Chemical Kinetics II

  • Advanced Colloid Science (Surfactants)

  • Wetting and Capillarity

  • Advanced Topics in Materials Chemistry (Anisotropic Colloidal Particles)

  • Properties of Solid Materials

Research PhDs

Tommy welcomes applications for PhD studies in colloid chemistry, material science and nanotechnology.

Completed PhDs

  • K M M Althubeiti, Porous polymers and Janus particles prepared via emulsion templating (2018)

  • B Thompson, Hierarchically porous materials (2017)

  • J O Abdulsattar, Development of an analytical platform for in situ measurements (2017)

  • E E Ubuo, Wetting properties of protective coatings based on structured surfaces (2016)

  • S A Darragh, Encapsulation of fluids by solid particles (2015)

  • H Al-Shehri, Wettability of complex porous materials (2015)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • L Glanville, Graphene composites for erosion resistant coatings

  • C Lowe, Multi-length scale on-chip assembly for nanophotonics – experiment

  • S Morgan, Modelling of multi-length scale on-chip assembly for nanophotonics

  • A Al-Mamoori, Surface modified Inorganic nanoparticles with antimicrobial action

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (1st Class with Gold Medal from Bulgarian Govt.) in Chemistry and Physics

  • PhD in Physical Chemistry

External roles

Membership of professional bodies

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

  • International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS)

  • European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS)

  • EPSRC Peer Review College (2010-2016)

 Reviewer services to funding bodies

  • The Royal Society, UK


  • ACS Petroleum Research Fund, USA

  • Austrian Science Fund, Austria

  • Foundation for Polish Science (FNP), Poland

 Regular peer reviewer to more than 20 journals including

  • Angewandte Chemie

  • ChemComm

  • Journal of the American Chemical Society

  • Lab on a Chip

  • Langmuir

  • Soft Matter

Awards and accolades

  • Visiting Professor, University of Vienna (2017, 2018)

  • Research Excellence Award, University of Hull (2014)

  • EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship Award, EPSRC, UK (2006)

Professional highlights

• Pioneered a method for electrostatic self-assembly of colloidal particles at liquid interfaces and received substantial funding for research from the EPSRC

• Developed a novel 'film calliper' method for measuring the contact angle of individual colloidal particles which was highlighted on the front cover of Langmuir, 24, pp 1678-1681 (2008)