Prof. Peter Wilson

Tsukuba University, Japan

Professor Wilson gained his undergraduate degree in physics and then postgraduate degrees in electronics and in optics from Otago University in New Zealand. His interests then changed to soft condensed matter and in particular the antifreeze proteins polar fish use to survive in ice-laden waters. Postdoctoral work included measuring the thickness of the ice-water interface and for much of his career Professor Wilson has been studying the nucleation of supercooled solutions and how best to measure the nucleation temperature. In 2005, Roskilde University, Denmark, awarded him the degree Doctor Scientiarum. Professor Wilson now works in the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science at the University of Tsukuba in Japan.



  • 1985 – 1989

    Science, Otago University, Dunedin


Edited Books

  • Recent Developments in the Study of Recrystallization

    Recrystallization is a phenomenon moderately well documented in the geological and metallurgical literature. This book provides a timely overview of the latest research and methods in a variety of fields where recrystallization is studied and is an important factor. The main advantage of a new look at these fields is the rapid increase in modern techniques, such as TEM, spectrometers and modeling capabilities, all of which are providing us with far better images and analysis than ever previously possible. This book will be invaluable to a wide range of research scientists; metallurgists looking to improve properties of alloys, those interested in how the latest equipment may be used to image grains and to all those who work with frozen aqueous solutions where recrystallization may be a problem.

  • Supercooling

    Supercooled liquids are found in the atmosphere, in cold hardy organisms, in metallurgy, and in many industrial systems today. Stabilizing the metastable, supercooled state, or encouraging the associated process of nucleation have both been the subject of scientific interest for several hundred years. This book is an invaluable starting point for researchers interested in the supercooling of water and aqueous solutions in biology and industry. The book also deals with modeling and the formation subsequent dendritic growth of supercooled solutions, as well as glass transitions and interface stability.