• EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


Cathal completed his BSc in mathematical physics at University College Dublin (UCD) (2003-2009, first class) for which he was awarded UCD’s prestigious Conway Medal in Mathematical Physics. The medal represents outstanding performance, and awarded only when there is a suitable candidate. Following a year teaching engineering and mathematics at Trinity College Dublin (2009-2010), he was awarded a Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) scholarship to undertake the MSc in mathematical modelling at the University of Limerick (UL, 2010-2011), and graduated with maximum points. He holds a PhD in applied mathematics (University of Limerick, 2011-2015). Following his PhD, he was employed as a Numerical Modelling Engineer for Aquamarine Power Ltd, Edinburgh (2014-2015), working in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast. This preceded his academic appointments as Research Fellow at UCD (2015-2016) and Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh (2016-2019).

His CV can be found here.

Research interests

Cathal is an interdisciplinary fluid dynamicist focussing on the interaction of fluids with solid bodies; in particular, those that lead to counter-intuitive flow phenomena and the formation of coherent flow structures. His research is characterised by the innovative use of analytical, numerical, and physical modelling.

Some recent projects include:

  1. Mathematical modelling of the transport of microplastic pollution;
  2. Energy extraction from resonant wave energy systems;
  3. The flight of the dandelion seed;
  4. Mathematical modelling of covid-19.

Research Group Contact Details

First supervisor:

  • Mr Ibrahim Mohammed (PhD)
  • Mr Benjian Song (PhD)

Second supervisor:

  • Mr Daniele Certini (PhD)
  • Ms Geethanjali Pavar (PhD)


  • Mr Carlos Sevilla (MSc, 2021)
  • Mr Rory Laing (MSc, 2021) 
  • Mr Olayinka Ajayi (MSc, 2020)
  • Ms Nassima Boussaa (MSc, 2020)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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