Associate Professor Steven CARNIE

Associate Professor

School of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Room: G18
  • Building: Peter Hall Building
  • Campus: Parkville

Research Interests

  • Colloidal interactions
  • Electrokinetics
  • Flow in porous media
  • Hydrodynamics of drops
  • Thin film drainage

Research Groups

Recent Publications

  • S. Carnie, A. Morphett. Subject design and factors affecting achievement in mathematics for biomedical science. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 48, 31-47, 2017. doi: 10.1080/0020739X.2016.1218074.

  • Lorena A Del Castillo, Satomi Ohnishi, S. Carnie, Roger G Horn. Variation of Local Surface Properties of an Air Bubble in Water Caused by Its Interaction with Another Surface. Langmuir, 32, 7671-7682, 2016. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b01949.

  • Sue A Chen, Lucy Y Clasohm, Roger G Horn, S. Carnie. Osmotically Driven Deformation of a Stable Water Film. Langmuir, 31, 9582-9596, 2015. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b02220.

  • Kamran, S. Carnie. Modeling the gentle bouncing of a drop with quasi-static thin film equations. Chemical Engineering Science, 104, 361-373, 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.ces.2013.09.016.

  • L. White, S. Carnie. The drag on a flattened bubble moving across a plane substrate. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 696, 345-373, 2012. doi: 10.1017/jfm.2012.47.

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Extra Information

My interests lie in the modelling of systems arising in chemistry or chemical engineering, typically at the micron scale or smaller (nano-scale). Over recent years, I have drifted from statistical mechanical treatments of the electrical double layer and Monte Carlo simulations of polyelectrolytes towards continuum modelling of phenomena such as the electroacoustics of non-dilute suspensions, electrochromatography, droplet breakup in the production of photographic dispersions, the performance of electrochemical supercapacitors, the formation of gold nanorods and drop-drop interactions in the Atomic Force Microscope.

Past Postgraduate Supervision

Name Thesis title
Sue Ann CHEN "Osmotically driven deformation of a stable water film"
Khurram KAMRAN "Modeling the gentle bouncing of a drop"
Jason LOOKER "The electrokinetics of porous colloidal particles"
Rogerio MANICA "Modelling hydrodynamic interactions between deformable droplets"
Ofer MANOR "Bubbles, drops and the physics of their collisions"

Past MSc Students

Name Project title
Simon VILLANI "The electrokinetic suppression of slip at a mercury/water interface"


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