• The University of Western Australia (M019), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Application of differential geometry to classical mechanics (mathematical physics): Lagrangian/Hamiltonian dynamics, Euler-Poincaré reduction on Lie groups, symmetry and Noether theorems, Froebenius integrability, De Rham cohomology and Hodge decomposition.

Numerical methods: symplectic and structure-preserving integrators, finite-difference/finite-element/spectral methods, Particle-In-Cell (PIC), Monte-Carlo methods, parallelisation schemes and high-performance computing.

Electromagnetism and fusion plasmas: Magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) equilibria, eddy currents in conducting structures, gauge freedom, magnetic helicity, field-line topology, guiding-centre/gyro-centre theory, collisional fluid closure, Vlasov-Boltzmann equation.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

External positions

Associate Research Physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

15 Aug 201515 Oct 2017

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

1 May 20151 Aug 2015

Graduate Research Assistant, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

15 Feb 20111 May 2015

Industry keywords

  • Energy
  • Space
  • Defence
  • Education


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