Robert Timms

Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Oxford

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, and a core developer of the open-source battery modelling package PyBaMM.

My current research focuses on the Mathematical Modelling of Batteries and is being conducted within the Multi-Scale Modelling Fast Start Project of the Faraday Institution. In particular, I am interested in using asymptotic and numerical techniques to develop and solve models describing the thermal and mechanical response of Lithium-ion cells. For more information about our research group, see here.

I gained my PhD from the University of East Anglia in 2018, where I worked on problems related to the safe handling of energetic materials. My research utilised a combination of asymptotic and numerical techniques to develop and solve models describing the response of such materials to external mechanical stimuli.

More generally, I am interested in the use of asymptotic methods applied to practical problems arising from industry which couple mechanics, heat flow, and chemistry. I also have significant experience liaising with industry to direct research aims and develop impact from research outcomes.

Alongside my current role at Oxford, I hold an outside appointment as Head of Simulation at About:Energy.

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