I am a Post-Doctoral Research Associate working with Professor Dominic Vella at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University. We are investigating the elastic response of a sheet floating on a liquid bath subject to localised loading. This scenario is relevant across a spectrum of length scales, from mountain ranges that are supported by the Earth’s tectonic plates to frogs sitting on lily pads and AFM measurements of graphene membranes.
Prior to this I spent two years at the BP Institute for Multiphase Flow at the University of Cambridge working with Dr. Jerome Neufeld and Professor Andy Woods. My research there focused on the influence of permeability on the propagation of fluid-driven fractures in rock formations, which has wide-ranging applications in oil and gas exploration and CO2 sequestration. Before this, I was awarded a David Crighton Fellowship to undertake a brief research placement in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.
I conducted my PhD at the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics under the supervision of Professor Tom Mullin. Over the course of my PhD, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects within the laboratory. I developed a novel experimental apparatus to magnetically actuate spherical particles in a very viscous fluid in order to understand the locomotion of an elemental magneto-elastic swimmer. Constructed from an array of spheres connected by elastic struts, the swimmer buckled in a non-reciprocal fashion on application of an external field resulting in self-propulsion at low Reynolds number. I also investigated the dynamic buckling of elastomeric structures; in essence, a square lattice of circular holes undergoes a global pattern switch into an array of orthogonal ellipses under compression.
During my PhD, I also had the opportunity to conduct an internship at the Laboratory for Flow Control at the University of Hokkaido, Japan, with Associate Professor Yuji Tasaka. Over the course of this internship, I developed expertise in quantitative flow visualisation techniques, such as Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Particle Tracking Velocimetry (PTV).
I did my undergraduate degree in Physics with Study in Europe at the University of Manchester with a exchange year at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. I was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research Bursary from the Nuffield Foundation which enabled me to to spend a few months researching bubble propagation in tubes under the supervision of Professor Anne Juel. This project gave me my first taste of research and enticed me into further study of fluid mechanics and other nonlinear phenomena.