Research Interests
 Plasticity and elasticity
 Dynamic force spectroscopy
 Nanocrystal mechanics
 Atomic Force Microscopy
 Continuum Modelling
 Colloidal interactions
Research Groups
Extra Information
My research efforts cover a wide range of fields, and focus on both pure and applied research in the broad areas of colloid and surface science, elasticity, electromagnetic wave theory, rheology, fibre optics, electrostatics, fluid mechanics, granular mechanics, plasticity, atomic force microscopy and nanoscience. This stems from my multidisciplinary background as a trained electrical engineer and subsequent research focus in continuum mechanics.
I am particularly interested in investigating problems of practical relevance, and work closely with leading local and internationally based experimentalists. As such, much of my work is conducted in parallel to experimental measurements, which enables the validity and practical relevance of the models to be verified. This approach has led to the commercial implementation of my work on the international market.
A sample of my recent research efforts include development of models for the dynamic response of nanoparticles under femtosecond laser excitation, failure of plastic materials under gravity, investigation of fundamental properties of atomic force microscope cantilevers and developments of experimental methods for their calibration, and models for the dynamic behaviour of elastic beams immersed in fluids.
Current Postgraduate Supervision
Name 
Thesis title 
Jesse COLLIS 
"Asymptotics of the Boltzmann equation for hard spheres with applications to NEMS devices" 
Naijian (Eric) SHEN 

Past Postgraduate Supervision
Name 
Thesis title 
Ellie BUTTON 
"Thin film flows of surfactant solutions" 
Chris GREEN 
"Dynamics of atomic force microscope cantilever beams in fluids" 
Michael LACHUT 
"Foundations of dynamic surface stress measurements" 
ChienHua (Kevin) LIN 
"Theoretical foundations of ultra fast laser measurement of the mechanical properties of nanoparticles" 
Jason NASSIOS 
"Kinetic theory of nanoscale devices." 
Anthony VAN EYSDEN 

James WOODCOCK 
"On Turbulent Flow of Incompressible Fluids." 
Ying Wan YAP 
"A study of rarefied gas dynamics with various molecular models" 
Current MSc Students
Name 
Project title 
Miguel Carlo LONTOC 

Past MSc Students
Name 
Project title 
Peter BROOKES 

Catherine BROWNE 

Ellie BUTTON 
"The Dynamics of Water Bells" 
Juwen HO 
"The WienerHopf method and its application to fluids" 
Daniel LADIGES 

Nicholas MACKENZIE 

Jason NASSIOS 
"Kinetic Theory and the BGK Equation: Gas Dynamics for the Nanoscale" 
Michael NEESON 

Andrej PEISKER 

Naijian (Eric) SHEN 

Michelle WILLCOX 

Ying Wan YAP 

Recent Grant History
Year(s) 
Source 
Type 
Title 
2013  2015 
ARC 
Discovery 
Quantum dot energy transfer: the chemistry of blinking 
2010  2012 
ARC 
Discovery 
Repulsive van der Waals forces and Brownian ratchet motors: manipulating thermal and quantum Fluctuations 
2009  2011 
ARC 
Discovery 
The Mechanics of Nanoscale Devices 
2005  2009 
ARC 
Discovery 
Nanotribiology  The Chemical Rolling Resistance of Single Nanocrystals 
Responsibilities
Committees
 Research and Industry Committee
 Strategic Planning Committee