Research Themes

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 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, low-dimensional electrionic materials, metallic glasses.

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Cultural Geography

At UNSW Canberra, we are committed to producing geographical research capable of apprehending transformative social and cultural processes on the very cusp of their emergence. We see conceptual and methodological innovation as central to the task of articulating tomorrow’s research agendas in ways that push beyond or ‘problematise’ established habits of thinking. Our cultural geography group is currently exploring problematizations in relation to three core research strengths:

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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 practices), through the use of long term climate change perspectives, Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

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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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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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