» Dr Chris Breward
Dr Chris Breward
MA MSc DPhil (Oxon)
Role or Position
Lecturer in Mathematics
I was an undergraduate and graduate student at St Anne's, Oxford. My MSc thesis was on "The spreading of solder" and my DPhil thesis was on "The Mathematics of Foam". I spent 2 years in Sheffield working in the medical school making mathematical models for the growth of vascular tumours. I returned to Oxford in 2001, taking up a post at the Mathematical Institute which combined research with getting grants (The post was the University's first Research Facilitator). This was a very successful role, and in 2008 we won a $25M grant from KAUST in Saudi Arabia. I moved to my current post as Associate Director of the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics (which is funded by the KAUST grant) in October 2008.
On the teaching front, I joined Christ Church's teaching team in October 2004. Since being at Christ Church, I have set up the Mathematics Society.
I teach first and second year applied mathematics in College- Calculus, Dynamics, PDEs, Calculus of variations, mechanics, fluids. I do some intercollegiate classes for third years in fluid mechanics. I teach a course on Mathematical Modelling to students at KAUST.
My research is centred around problems in fluid mechanics, drawn from industrial and medical applications. Often these involve surface-active agents, which modify the surface tension. I'm currently working on the modelling of tear films during blinking, adsorption of ionic surfactants at interfaces, multilayered structures at interfaces, and screen printing. The wide range of applications of mathematics can be seen from some of my recent publications.
1. Bell, C., Breward, C., Howell, P, Penfold, J and Thomas, R. (2010)
I hold a reserve commission in the Royal Air Force and currently command 2507 (Bicester) Squadron, Air Training Corps. I'm the Treasurer of the Oxford Branch of the St Anne's College Association of Senior Members,
Updated: Sunday 3rd October 2010 17:10