Glen is Professor of Interfacial Science & Engineering and Director of Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is a member of the Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids and leads the Wetting, Interfacial Science & Engineering Laboratory (WISE Lab). His research considers the interaction of liquids with surfaces and has a focus on the use of surface texture and electric fields to control the wetting and frictional properties of surfaces. This encompasses droplet-surface interactions and nature-inspired surface engineering, and includes liquid-infused and liquid-like friction-reducing surfaces, superhydrophobic surfaces, and liquid dielectrophoresis to control the wetting of surfaces.
Glen has written invited “News and Views”, highlight, emerging area and review articles for a wide range of journals covering superhydrophobicity, dynamic wetting, liquid marbles and drag reduction and has published over 200 refereed journal papers. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), the Institute of Physics (IoP) and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), and is a Member of the International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) and a Senior Member of the of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Along with colleagues at Edinburgh, Nottingham Trent and Oxford Universities, he has developed a public understanding of science exhibition, Natures Raincoats.