Professor Nigel Mottram

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Prof Nigel Mottram

professor

LT820 LIVINGSTONE TOWER

nigel.mottram@strath.ac.uk

Tel : +44 (0)141 548 3800

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Research Interests

Continuum theory of anisotropic materials

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  • Anisotropy in the natural environment: swimming/self-organised organisms, tissue growth, mixing 
  • Order parameter changes in nematic liquid crystals: defects, field induced changes, tensor theory.
  • 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

Biography
  • 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.
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