I'm interested in fluids that don't behave like the standard (air, water, honey) Newtonian model. This field has wide-ranging industrial applications - including plastics manufacture and the processing of toothpaste. I work on a variety of flow scenarios including particles suspended in a viscous fluid (for example, with my recent Ph.D. student Adam Townsend below and my current postdoc Jurriaan Gillissen); polymeric liquids (for instance, with my first Ph.D. student Sally Everitt); instabilities in elastic liquids (including work with my recent Ph.D. student Hugo Castillo Sanchez and a collaboration with Suzanne Fielding at Durham on shear-banding instabilities), and the doubly-complex question of particles suspended in a viscoelastic fluid with recently completed Ph.D. student Liam Escott and new student Luke Debono. Some of these systems also have applications in forensic science, which I'm studying with my current Ph.D. student Gareth Jenkins with sponsorship from Dstl.
Recent or current funded projects include:
Shear-thickening fluids for cryopreservation in which we began an exploration of whether interactions between particles in suspension could inhibit the growth of ice crystals. This work was led by Asymptote and funded by Innovate UK.
Complex ORAL health products (CORAL): Characterisation, modelling and manufacturing challenges. Here we worked with UCL Engineers and commercial sponsor GSK to investigate the rheology of three-phase suspensions in a viscoelastic matrix, with application to toothpastes. This work was funded by EPSRC.
Extensional Rheology Matters, a small project funded by EPSRC in which I aimed to develop tools to assess whether extensional flow components are important in a given flow situation.
Luke Debono: Coarse-grain simulations of complex systems. Started October 2021, UCL
Gareth Jenkins: Mathematical modelling of trace contamination particles. Started October 2021, UCL
Liam Escott: The rheology of weakly-viscoelastic multiphase systems using a cell model. 2019-2021, UCL
Hugo Castillo Sanchez, PhD (2019): Channel flow instabilities of complex fluids, UCL Adam Townsend, PhD (2017): The mechanics of suspensions, UCL
Thomas Brickell, MPhil (2012): General two-dimensional linear flows of particle suspensions, UCL
Sally Everitt, PhD (2004): Bubble dynamics in polymeric foams, University of Leeds
Complex oral health products:
Jurriaan Gillissen. 2017-2020.
Shear-thickening for cryopreservation: Adam Townsend, 2016.
Instabilities in polymer processing:
Mehmet Sahin, 2005-2007;
Tim Reis, 2007-2008.
Non-technical articles Case study for the Royal Society on how a supportive employer can support a mother on her return to work. Blog post and TV news interview commenting on the award of the Fields Medal to a female mathematician for the first time. The D'Hondt Method Explained: brief explanation of an easier way to understand the allocation of seats at the European elections Interview in International Innovation, issue 191: "What is mathematics?", August 2015 (Research Media, UK, pp48-51), ISSN 2054-6254. Joint article on the award of the Abel Prize to a female mathematician for the first time.