Welcome to our research group webpage. Our group is interested in a broad range of fluid dynamical challenges from water purification strategies to the manufacture of glass for computer tablet screens. Our approach is to use a blend of modelling, asymptotic, and numerical techniques to enable predictions to be made for the behaviour of such physical systems, and in particular, to give insight into their optimal operating strategies.

We collaborate with a range of scientists from many disciplines, as well as industries, to ensure that our models address the key challenges. If you are interested in joining us or would like to collaborate with us then just get in touch.

You can find out a little more about the members of our group and our interests below:


Ian Griffiths is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford. He spends part of each year in Princeton University where he lectures Math Alive, a course in the Department of Mathematics demonstrating the importance of mathematics in everyday life. He also has a collaborative network with Howard Stone and the Complex Fluids Group at Princeton, and the Laboratory of Fields, Flows, and Interfaces at Ryerson University in Toronto. Ian has been a postdoctoral research associate in both the Complex Fluids Group, Princeton, and in OCCAM at Oxford, and completed his doctorate in Oxford in glass tube manufacture.





Armin Krupp is a first-year D.Phil. student working on developing models to understand and optimize the behaviour of water filters. He works alongside our industrial partner Peter Levison from the filtration company Pall Corporation, and is co-supervised by Colin Please. Armin spends some time in Portsmouth and New York where two of the Pall Corporation research centres are based.








Doireann O'Kiely is a first-year D.Phil. student who is working on understanding the physical processes that take place when glass sheets are drawn from a furnace. These glass sheets can be made into a range of high-quality goods such as computer tablet screens. Doireann collaborates with Ulrich Lange from Schott AG and spends some time each year working at their base in Mainz, Germany. Doireann is co-supervised by Chris Breward and Peter Howell.





Almut Eisentraeger is our postdoctoral researcher who currently works on developing mathematical models for water purification using magnetic separation. Almut's expertise lies in numerical computation and she is co-supervised by Dominic Vella. Her research is in collaboration with the Laboratory of Fields, Flows, and Interfaces at Ryerson University, who conducts complementary experiments on lab-scale devices.







James Herterich is in his third year of a D.Phil. project and is working on developing mathematical models for new water purification techniques. James' expertise lies in asymptotic analysis and he is co-supervised by Dominic Vella. James works in collaboration with Robert Field and Nick Hankins in Engineering Science here in Oxford to ensure his models capture the important engineering design requirements.