Professor Giampaolo D'Alessandro is Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Southampton. He has a keen interest in mathematical modelling: this is reflected in his teaching of applied mathematics modules, research in liquid crystals, from lab devices to biology, and in his consultancy work.
- Liquid crystals
- Mathematical modelling
Prof D'Alessandro's research interests are in differential equation based modelling, in particular in the context of liquid crystals and all their applications, from optics to biology.
He is particularly interested in developing clever numerical algorithms to model liquid crystal configurations and to analyse experimental data to determine liquid crystal parameters.
Prof Giampaolo D'Alessandro's interest in modelling is also reflected in his teaching which has covered over the years Numerical Methods, Electromagnetism, Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Modelling with Differential Equations and Fluid Dynamics. To all these modules he has tried to convey his enthusiasm for an accurate and effective mathematical interpretation of the world around us that will ultimately lead us to a better understanding of it and, hopefully, to treat it better.
Prof Giampaolo D'Alessandro obtained a BSc in Theoretical Physics from the University of Florence (Italy) and a PhD in the same subject from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow). After a post-doc period at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) he took up a position as lecturer at the University of Southampton, where he has been ever since.