Research Themes

Applied and Industrial Mathematics

The Applied and Industrial Mathematics research group employs a vast range of mathematical and statistical techniques, supplemented with the application of extensive modern computing methods, to investigate a diverse range of fundamental and real world problems.

The interdisciplinary nature of the work and the constraints imposed by dealing with genuine practical problems make this a challenging and rewarding area for research.

The quality and impact of the research undertaken is recognised by the...

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Applied and Industrial Mathematics

Bushfire and combustion physics, number theory with applications to cyber security and cryptography, mathematical biology/ecology, non-linear dynamical systems.

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Astrophysics

Numerical simulation of binary star mergers and supernova detonations, star formation and stellar evolution, Big Data methodologies applied to large-scale observational surveys.

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Coastal Impact

Modelling of sea level rise due to climate change and land reclamation, sedimentation of ports and harbours, mesoscale atmospheric modelling of land falling tropical cyclones.

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Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

The School of PEMS has long-standing research interest and strength in condensed matter and materials physics, with particular focus on the use of atomic and nuclear techniques.

The priority areas are strategic and applicable research directed at a range of advanced and functional materials and fields: magnetic, electronic and optical signal processing and storage, ionising radiation dosimetry and imaging, magnetic...

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Condensed Matter Physics

Atomic and nuclear techniques (including neutron scattering, synchrotron radiation) with applications to magnetic and electronic materials, optical signal processing and storage, ionising radiation dosimetry and imaging, magnetic refrigeration,...

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Cultural Geography

Conceptual innovation in social theory, with insights from non-representational theory, affect theory, post-humanism, new materialism, and experimental methodology, that investigate transformations in social and cultural processes emerging from...

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Environmental Geography

Climate change adaption investigating both natural and anthropogenic influences (including extreme climate events and ecological degradation) and responses (including low-lying coastal transformation and sustainable development in agricultural...

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Environmental Science

Environmental scientists in the School of PEMS investigate processes operating in Earth’s biotic and abiotic systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

The Group’s fundamental and applied research makes important international contributions towards contemporary environmental challenges, as evidenced by the quality of its published outputs, HDR students and history of winning grants....

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Experimental Chemistry

Synthesis and study of novel molecules including functionalised supramolecular structures and materials for biological, environmental, pharmaceutical and industrial applications.

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Human Geography: Theory, Place and Society

Cultural geographers seek to understand the interrelation of spatial processes across distinct material registers, whether ethico-political, ecological, aesthetic, discursive, technical, or even inorganic.

By teasing out the complexity of these interrelations, cultural geography provides a particularly fertile environment in which to investigate and re-think some of the most fundamental aspects of human life, including: knowledge, meaning and the...

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Molecular Design

The Molecular Design group combines the expertise of several School of PEMS researchers, supported by approximately twenty PhD candidates.

The research focus is on the design, synthesis and/or study of novel molecules, supramolecular structures and materials for various applications. These include biological, environmental, pharmaceutical, industrial and military applications....

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Theoretical Chemistry

Classical and quantum chemistry, with medical applications such as protein–cell wall absorption, and quantum simulations of gas-surface interactions.

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Water Purification

Novel water quality and purification processes, including low cost, low energy purification processes for remote and developing communities, and the treatment of human, animal, and industrial liquid waste.

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