Personal Statement
My research interests include the dynamics of non-Newtonian fluids. I am particularly interested in anisotropic fluids such as liquid crystals, where viscoelasticity is an important consideration, as is their behaviour under electric fields. Current projects also include investigations of active fluids, such as bacterium or micro-organism organisation within fluid flows, and biological flow systems.
In a wider context I am a member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society and a Fellow of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, for which I am the Scottish Branch Chair, as well as an active participant in the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry.
I am interested in applied mathematics applied to real-world problems in a general sense and I welcome enquiries from anyone interested to understand more about mathematical modelling.
I currently have PhD, MRes and MPhil projects available and prospective applicants should email me at nigel.mottram@strath.ac.uk.
Research Interests
Continuum theory of anisotropic materials
- Anisotropy in the natural environment: swimming/self-organised organisms, tissue growth, mixing
- Order parameter changes in nematic liquid crystals: defects, field induced changes, Q tensor theory.
- Theories of biaxial nematic liquid crytals
- Chevron formation and destruction: effects of temperature and shear, electroclinic effect, asymmetric chevrons.
- Ferroelectric liquid crystals: continuum modelling of the switching behaviour, matched asymptotic analysis.
- Surface effects: induced order, bistabilty in anisotropic fluids.
- Disclination line motion: annihilation, formation, effects of electric field and surface interactions.
- Flexoelectricity: effects of flexoelectricity in nematic and smectic liquid crystals.
- Dual frequency materials: a model of dual frequency materials and their use in displays.
- Thin films: flow in thin films of anisotropic fluids, painting and spin-coating.
- Cell Mitosis: modelling of the process of cell division using anisotropic fluid theory.
- Blood flow: non-newtonian models of blood flow.
- Oxygen transfer: novel medical device modelling for artificial livers.
- Atherosclerosis: flow effects and wall stresses in complicated geometries.
Academic / Professional qualifications
- 1989-1992: BA in Mathematics at the University of Oxford (Keble College).
- 1992-1996: PhD in the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol. Boundary effects in nematic liquid crystal cells, supervised by Prof. S. J. Hogan (external link)
- 1995-1997: Post Doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol. Working on nematic liquid crystal theory with Prof. Hogan.
- 1997-1999: Post Doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. Working on smectic liquid crystal theory with Dr S. J. Elston (external link).
- 1999-2004: Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Strathclyde.
- 2001-2006: EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow
- 2004-2007: Reader in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Strathclyde.
- 2007-present: Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde.
Projects
- Anisotropic liquid dielectrophoresis and interfacial forces
Wilson, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Duffy, Brian (Co-investigator) Mottram, Nigel (Co-investigator) Corson, Lindsey (Researcher)
Period 01-Jul-2012 - 30-Jun-2015 - Anisotropy in the Natural Environment
Mottram, Nigel (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2011 - 31-Oct-2011 - Anisotropy in the Natural Environment
Mottram, Nigel (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2010 - 31-Dec-2011 - Workshops: UK Mathematics in Medicine Study Groups (2009 - 2012)
Mottram, Nigel (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2009 - 31-Oct-2013 - A novel bistable liquid crystal technology for low power flexible display applications
Mottram, Nigel (Principal Investigator)
Period 02-Feb-2009 - 04-Aug-2009 - Mathematical modelling of cell motion - extension
Mottram, Nigel (Principal Investigator)
Period 05-Nov-2008 - 04-May-2009 - Mathematical modelling of cell motion
MacKenzie, John (Principal Investigator) Mottram, Nigel (Co-investigator) Webb, Steven (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2008 - 31-Oct-2008 - SIDEWALL CONTROL OF MULTISTATE SWITCHABLE PHOTONIC DEVICES
Mottram, Nigel (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2007 - 31-Oct-2010 - ADAPTIVE NUMERICAL METHODS FOR OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICES PFACT 69
Mottram, Nigel (Co-investigator) Ramage, Alison (Co-investigator)
Period 02-Apr-2007 - 30-Nov-2010 - PoC+ A novel bistable liquid crystal display device for portable display device applications
Mottram, Nigel (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2007 - 01-Apr-2008 - Mathematical Modelling of the Initiation of Atherosclerosis
Mottram, Nigel (Principal Investigator)
Period 02-Oct-2006 - 01-Oct-2009