School research

The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences is active in many areas of research. Our research groups in mathematics, physics and statistics are very successful in attracting funding from the highly competitive Australian Research Council Grant schemes, from industry and other governmental organisations.

Priority Research Centres

Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its ApplicationsComputer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications

The Priority Research Centre for Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) explores the development of techniques and tools for computer-assisted discovery and data-mining including mathematical visualization.


The Priority Research Centre for Energy develops and commercialises new and innovative technologies to minimise greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions around the world, with a particular focus on carbon dioxide reduction in collaboration with industry, government agencies and international organisations.

Organic ElectronicsOrganic Electronics

The Priority Research Centre for Organic Electronics is focused on the scientific challenges in the development of organic photovoltaics for the next generation of environmentally friendly energy sources, photonics and biosensors.

University Institutes and Centres

Optimal Planning and OperationsOptimal Planning and Operations

The Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations (C-OPT) brings together researchers with expertise and experience in using quantitative methods to develop innovative, customised solutions that help businesses streamline their processes and enhance their decision making, to reduce costs, increase productivity, and positively impact their triple bottom line.

Space PhysicsSpace Physics

The Centre for Space physics examines space weather to better understand its impact on billions of dollars worth of spacecraft and related infrastructure.

Faculty Groups

The Medical Physics Research Group comprises physicists based within the Radiation Oncology Department, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital. We are a member of the Centre for Information Based Medicine, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute. We are closely aligned with the Prostate Cancer Trials Group and the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) which organise and conduct clinical trials throughout Australasia.

Quantitative modelling of complex systems is integral to all areas of business, industry and government in which decisions are made on the basis of data. Improved methods and models for understanding, predicting and improving systems in areas such as Health, Science, Finance, Engineering and the Environment are of central, national importance.

 Our primary research focus is on the modelling and analysis of the structure of the surface of solids from the surface atomic layer through to the bulk.