After finishing his PhD he worked for a year with Prof. Stephen Hawking FRS in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in Cambridge. He then went on to work as a post-doctoral research associate in Cambridge University Engineering Department modelling the evolution of material microstructures by diffusional transport. He took up the position of lecturer in Leicester University Engineering Department in January 1996. He is interested in microstructural evolution particularly the interaction between diffusion processes and elastic stored energy. These techniques have been used in an EPSRC funded project to model the growth modes and relaxation mechanisms in thin films, in particular the formation of self-assembled quantum dot arrays. Another area of interest is multiscale modelling, developing hybrid atomistic/continuum models of diffusional processes to smoothly and consistently pass information across a range of length scales and time scales.
He used to write Java programs in his spare time (which anyone is welcome to use). Now he has a young family and a semi-derelict cottage in need of repair to occupy all his spare time.