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Professorial Research Fellow-PFPC, Mathematics & Statistics, The University of Melbourne

Derek is a theoretician who has worked at the Unilever Research Laboratory, Port Sunlight and the School of Chemistry, Bristol University before he returned to Australian on a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship. When he is not on the tennis court, he enjoys solving theoretical problems in interfacial science, fluid mechanics, soft materials and surface forces with experimental colleagues in the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre. He has active collaborations with universities and research laboratories in Canada, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. (And for those who care about metrics, he has authored almost 200 scientific publications and his work has been cited over 5,000 times with an h-index of 40.)


  • –present
    Professorial Research Fellow-PFPC, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Melbourne
  • –present
    Professor, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology


    University of New South Wales, Australia, Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Physics
    Australian National University, Australia, Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics

Research Areas

  • Numerical And Computational Mathematics Not Elsewhere Classified (010399)
  • Colloid And Surface Chemistry (030603)
  • Fluid Physics (020303)
  • Soft Condensed Matter (020405)
  • Statistical Mechanics In Chemistry (030704)