Daniel Colquitt

A very applied mathematician

Daniel Colquitt

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a little bit about me...

I am a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and a member of the Waves and Solid Mechanics group in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Liverpool. I both teach and carry out research in Applied Mathematics. You can read more about the things I do below.



I like to say that I am a very applied mathematician, which essentially means that I look at physical problems from the point of view of mathematics. I use and develop new mathematical techniques for the study of wave propagation, localisation and fracture in complicated materials. Although I primarily work with mechanical waves, I also have an interest in electromagnetic and acoustic waves, as well as fluid mechanics.

I am currently working in several broad areas including cloaking (making things invisible), localisation (concentrating waves and energy in a finite area), fracture (investigating how complex materials break and fail), homogenisation (approximating complicated materials and phenomena by simpler ones), controlling waves, and mode-conversion (changing one type of wave to another). You can read more about my work in my papers or see more about it in my talks.


Recent Papers

Skelton EA, Craster RV, Colombi A, Colquitt DJ. 2018. New J Phys20, 053017.
doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/aabecf

Colombi A, Craster RV, Colquitt DJ, Guenneau SRL, Achaoui Y, Roux P, Rupin M. 2017.  Front Mech Eng, 3, 10.

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I currently teach modules on Vector Calculus with applications to Fluid Mechanics (MATH225) and Variational Calculus (MATH430). I also usually offer a couple of undergraduate and taught-postgraduate research projects each year. However, I will not normally supervise more than two projects each academic year, so it's best to get in touch early if you'd like to do a project with me. If you are interested in doing a PhD with me, you should drop me an email in the first instance. You can find a few sample projects here, but that list is not exhaustive.

Usually, the fastest way to reach me with short questions is to use twitter @danielcolquitt. For longer questions, please make an appointment to come and see me whenever is convenient for you.


Office Hours

During term-time I offer two office hours where students can drop-by, without an appointment, for help with any of the courses I teach or any other academic matter.

My office hours are currently

  • Mondays
    3pm - 4pm

  • Thursdays
    2pm - 3pm

If you would like to see me outside of my office hours, then please make an appointment.