Dr Daniel Frankel


I am a lecturer in thermodynamics/fluid mechanics (to undergraduate chemical engineers). My research work looks to nature for inspiration in the aim of designing improved machines, materials and devices. Specific projects I work on include biorobotics, artificial viruses and novel biomaterials.

Roles and Responsibilities

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for Materials and Design MSc
Progression Panel


BSc (First Class) Queen Mary, University of London
Phd University of St-Andrews, Scotland

Previous Positions

Postdoc University of Cambridge
Postdoc Sandia National Labs, USA


Biophysical Society

British Biophysical Society

Royal Society of Chemistry

Institute of Physics

Informal Interests

Russian literature, culture and language
Watching snooker on TV
Designing experiments, especially thermodynamics practicals

Research Interests 

Biological Forces

Cell Biophysics

Materials Science

Synthetic Biology 

Current Work

Cyberplasm - building hybrid bio/machine robots.

Protocell Assembly - creating the simplest self replicating artificial entity, i.e. artificial cell.

Origins of life - How did life on Earth evolve?

Cancer cell biophysics

Protein Unfolding

Drug/cell surface interactions 

Postgraduate Supervision

PhD Student - Natalie Adams

PhD Student - Orr Yarkoni

PhD Student - Darman Nordin

PhD Student - Ana Penaherrera 

Postdoc - Lynn Donlon 


EPSRC/NSF Grant - "Cyberplasm" £301,000

EPSRC Grant "Surface Nanostructures For The Study of Biomolecular Recognition,Chirality And Crystal Growth" Principal Investigator, value £298,000


Undergraduate Teaching

Thermodynamics Stage 1

Thermodynamics stage 2

Fluid Mechanics Stage 1

Crystallization Stage 3

Biomaterials Stage 3/4 


Postgraduate Teaching

Nanotechnology on the MRes in Biomedicine