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Research interests

Please see my website at https://hennessymatt.github.io for up-to-date information about my research and opportunities for PhD projects.

My interests generally lie at the interface between applied mathematics and soft matter.  I am particularly interested in developing mathematical models of complex materials to better understand how their rich behaviours can be harnessed in emerging technologies (e.g. regenerative medicine, 3D printing, sustainable energy).  I greatly enjoy working with experimental researchers and am always looking for new collaborations.  Some topics of current interest are:

  • The mechanics of hydrogels and their applications
  • Instability-driven patterning and self-assembly  
  • Phase separation, particularly in elastic and charged materials
  • Poroelasticity
  • Photopolymerisation and 3D printing
  • Lithium-ion batteries


  • Mathematical modelling
  • Soft matter
  • Continuum mechanics
  • Hydrogels
  • Poroelasticity
  • Lithium-ion batteries


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