I am currently the Deputy Head of Department, a role which involves strategy development and acting for the Head of Department in all academic and teaching matters, including undergraduate and masters course development, awards and appeals matters.
My research interests are in the mathematical modelling of real-world systems, generally focussing on those that 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. I also have projects in the areas of medical and biological systems. 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 British Liquid Crystal Society, the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, the British Rheology Society and a Fellow of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, as well as an active participant in the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry.
I am interested in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- Surface effects: induced order, bistabilty in anisotropic fluids.
- Disclination line motion: annihilation, formation, effects of electric field and surface interactions.
- Thin films: flow in thin films of anisotropic fluids, painting and spin-coating.
- Use of fractional calculus to represent memory in dynamical systems.
- Physiologically-based Pharmacokinetics and dynamics
- Blood flow: non-newtonian models of blood flow in microfluidic devices.
- Oxygen transfer: novel medical device modelling for artificial livers.
- I collaborate with scientists from many different disciplines and many countries around the world
- My industrial collaborations currently include GSK, Merck, Kirkstall, MoD and past collaborators include HP, Sharp, Dow Corning.
- Invited seminar: Bending, flexing, wrinkling and snapping of liquid drops
- BLCS Winter Workshop
- European Liquid Crystal Conference
- 3rd Scottish Partial Differential Equation Colloquium
- 28th Scottish Fluid Mechanics Meeting
- Seminar: Mathematical Modelling of Anisotropic Fluids
more professional activities
- EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Radhakrishnan, Pretheepan
- Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Mottram, Nigel (Co-investigator) Radhakrishnan, Pretheepan (Research Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Oct-2018
- EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Institutional Sponsorship Award 2017 (GCRF) / R171051-104
- Mottram, Nigel (Principal Investigator)
- Period 01-Jul-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
- EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) / R160677-114
- Pritchard, David (Principal Investigator) Mottram, Nigel (Co-investigator) Wilson, Stephen (Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Jun-2016 - 31-Mar-2017
- Industrial Case Account 2016 | Cousins, Joseph
- Wilson, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Mottram, Nigel (Co-investigator) Cousins, Joseph (Research Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
- Mathematical Modelling and Analysis of Industrially-Important Flows of Liquid Crystals: Spreading and Channel Filling
- Wilson, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Mottram, Nigel (Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2020
- Industrial Case Account 2015 | McGowan, John
- Mottram, Nigel (Principal Investigator) Mulholland, Anthony (Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Oct-2019
Mathematics and Statistics
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