I am a senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and currently head of school.
I studied at Lancaster University, Cambridge University and Kings College London. I subsequently enjoyed a number of research posts at Exeter University, City University London and Imperial College London, before joining the Open University in 2001.
My current research interest is in the area of spintronics, and involves the theoretical and computational modelling of magnetic multilayers and other nanostructures.
In particular, I am interested in electronic quantum effects exhibited by spin and charge transport through these structures. This includes magnetic exchange coupling, induced magnetic moment, various types of magneto-resistance behaviour, and magnetocrystalline anisotropy.
In addition to my head of school duties, I am currently module team chair for M833.
In the past, I have written course texts for MS324, MS325, MST224, MST125 and MS327 and assessment materials for MST210.
My research is in a highly applicable area of mathematics and has contributed to the development of the modern day hard disk. I am particularly interested in the way that electron spin can be used to transmit information and manipulate nanoscopic devices, with application to the real world. An article based on some of my research was recently featured in 'UK Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics', Springer 2016, ISBN-10: 3319254529.
I have enjoyed fruitful collaboratorations with a large number of colleagues in Japan, Brazil, Poland and the UK.