Mel Holmes

Research interests

My primary research interests lie in the use of partial and ordinary differential equations to model physical systems, for example, heat transfer during processing methods, electromagnetic microwave models and thermoacoustics and using the models to gain an insight into the complex interactions that occur in real systems. Solutions to these problems may be obtained both analytically and numerically and validation achieved by comparison with appropriate experimental results.

I also am interested in Monte Carlo models and other statistical techniques to utilise dietary data to conduct exposure assessments from contaminants. This involves using large datasets such as National Dietary and Nutrition Surveys (NDNS) and specifically conducted dietary surveys in addition to appropriate concentration data relating to the target compound.

Some current areas of research include:

  • Modelling and measurement of ultrasound propagation through emulsions
  • Ultrasonic characterisation of the bulk viscosity of fluids
  • Probabilistic dietary exposure assessments
  • Mathematical modelling of physical systems relating to food related topics


  • PhD Applied Mathematics
  • BSc (Hon) Mathematics

Professional memberships

  • FHEA

Research groups and institutes

  • Food Colloids and Processing
  • Food Colloids and Soft Matter at Interfaces
  • Novel Food Design and Processing
  • Theoretical Modelling and Simulation
  • Food Safety, Security and Sustainability

Postgraduate research opportunities

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