Fin Allen

I am in my 4th year of studying for a PhD in surface chemistry. My main interested are adsorption at mineral surfaces, and a fundamental approach to surfactant interactions at surfaces,

2016 - present PhD, Cambridge
2012 - 2016 MSci and MA (Cantab) in Natural Sciences (Physical), Cambridge

Outside of science I am a keen cyclist, training and competing in both mountain biking and road cycling.


  • Tsagkaropoulou, G; Allen, F. J.; Clarke, S. M.; Camp, P. J. Self-assembly and Adsorption of Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide and Didodecyldimethylammonium Bromide Surfactants at the Mica–Water Interface. Soft Matter 2019, 15, 8402-8411
  • Allen, F. J.; Truscott, C. L.; Gutfreund, P.; Welbourn, R. J. L.; Clarke, S. M. Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium Bridging of AOT to Mica at Constant Ionic Strength. Langmuir 2019, 35, 5753-5761
  • Allen, F. J.; Truscott, C. L.; Welbourn, R. J. L.; Clarke, S. M. Anionic Surfactant Induced Desorption of a Cationic Surfactant from Mica. Appl. Clay Sci. 2018, 160, 276–281.
  • Allen, F. J.; Griffin, L.; Alloway, R. M.; Gutfreund, P.; Lee, S. Y.; Truscott, C. L.; Welbourn, R. J. L.; Wood, M. H.; Clarke, S. M. Anionic Surfactants on Anionic Substrate: Monovalent Cation Binding. Langmuir 2017, 33, 7881–7888.