Projects per year
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 email@example.com.
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.
Current PhD students
- Areej Abdullah Almuneef
- Zuhur Moraya Alqahtani
- Josh Walton
- Pretheepan Radhakrishnan
- Joseph Cousins
- MM512: Optimisation: Theory and Practice
- EO101: Mathematical Tools (online distance learning class)
- MM116: Engineering Mathematics
- CPD: Ordinary Differential Equations for NERC PhD students
- MM405: Fluids and Waves
- MA409: Calculus of Variations
- MM311: Mathematics for Physicists
- MM202: Advanced Calculus
- MM201: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
- ME209: Mathematical Modelling & Analysis for Mechanical Engineers
- MM101: Introduction to Calculus
- MM112/113: Engineering Mathematics
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.
- liquid crystals
- anisotropic material science
- mathematical modelling
- environmental modelling
1/10/16 → 1/10/20
Project: Research Studentship Case - Internally allocated › Research Studentship CASE (Internally Allocated)
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis of Industrially-Important Flows of Liquid Crystals: Spreading and Channel Filling
1/10/16 → 30/09/20
Project: Research - Studentship › Research Studentship
Research Output per year
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
Experimental data for dynamic response of a thin sessile drop of conductive liquid to an applied voltage
Analytic solutions of a simple advection-diusion model of an oxygen transfer device: experimental data
Dougall, E. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 12 Apr 2016
Theoretical studies of smectic liquid crystals in the presence of flow, oscillatory perturbations, and edge dislocationsAuthor: Snow, B. C., 1 Oct 2015
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Activities per year
Activity: Invited talk