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  • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

1. A Social Science Model of Conflict to Instability – Can Criminality be Predicted through Behavioural Modelling?
2. Econometrics of Inequality - Predicting the 'poverty line'
3. Supply Chain Modelling - Information Mechanics
4. Healthy Ageing - Modelling Towards Cardiovascular Health
5. Stochastic accretion flows: MHD turbulence in extragalactic systems
6. Multiple diffusion in nanoparticle dynamics
7. Predicting Earthquakes - Modelling for a Smart City as a Safe City

Personal profile


I am an inter and multi-disciplinary complex systems theorist with a wide ranging interest spread across mathematical biology (bioinformatics, immunology, cell biology), mathematical finance (econometrics, supply/operations stochastic modelling), soft condensed matter physics (fluid mechanics, liquid crystals, polymers) and material science (crack propagation, nanopolycrystal dynamics) with copious funding and PhD studentships (6 at the moment) spanning all research remits.

Starting with a PhD on 'Turbulence in Low Dimensional Models', where I used a collage of techniques from statistical field theory, renormalisation and simulation, over the years, my research remit has expanded across other multidisciplinary fields. Below is an indicative highlighter:

  • Biology: I have a 4-dimensional existence in this field - Bioinformatics (antimicrobial/antiviral), Immunology (T/B cells), Cell biology (atherosclerosis/flagellardynamics) and Population Biology (animal parasitology). 3 PhD students are currently engaged in researches on the first topic with 2 recently qualified on the following two. On all four research areas I have multiple international collaborations with European and international colleagues.
  • Mathematical Finance: I have two target remits here - econometrics of inequality modelling and stochastic supply/operations management. The former topic received prestrigious Royal Society funds while the latter is presently funded by multiple ERDF, ESIF, GCRF grants.
  • Soft Condensed Matter Physics: I started as a technical soft matter theorist and then moved on to other interdisciplinary fields that allow migration of techniques from the alma mater. Researches on ferro/ferri-magnetic liquid crystals, stochastically driven sheared Taylor-Couette flows and biopolymer dynamics define my principal research domains. I have received prestigious fellowships (Marie Curie IIF and Alexander von Humboldt) in some of these with conventional funding in some others.
  • Material Science: Crack propagation in nanopolycrystals and other nano-sized materials is one of immense technological relevance. My key focus in this field is to analyse the dynamics of such crack propagation fronts that constitute multiple media with multiple interfaces (double diffusion) and adherent stochastic forces controlling their motion.

Achievement Highlights:

  • Research Leadership: Editorial Board member of the Nature & Frontiers in Physics groups
  • Publication: Authored ~70 top ranked peer-reviewed articles, 90% corresponding/lead authorship
  • Funding: ca £4.4 million overall
  • Citation: Highest cited article (source: WIPIMD journal) in nonequilibrium stochastic physics; Chattopadhyay, A. K. (1999): Non-local Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation with spatially correlated noise; Physical Review E 60, 293-296
  • Book: Co-author of a leading textbook in thermodynamics (UG/PG level) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Heat-Thermodynamics-8th-Amit-Chattopadhyay/dp/B0098QSQTY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428168849&sr=8-1&keywords=amit+chattopadhyay+thermodynamics
  • Journal Reviewer:APS group, Europhysics Letters, Elsevier, Springer, PlosOne, Nature, BJ
  • Research Council reviewer: EPSRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, MRC
  • Scopus Citations: 500+ ISI Web of Science citations; h-index 17 (900+ citations in google scholar)
  • Invited speaker: 18+ international conferences; 3 keynote presentations
  • Researchgate: 2000+ publication views, RG factor 29.5+.
  • Marie Curie Fellowship: First Indian Marie Curie Fellowship (IIF) winner in physics
  • Research Excellence Framework (REF): 3 out of 4 REF publications were 4* (highest rated) articles
  • Invited Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics (FIMA)

Research Interests

  1. Quantitative Biology
    1. Bioinformatics: Analysing functionality from sequence
    2. Immunology - T/B cell immunological synapse & related pathways
    3. Atherosclerosis & CVD - Dynamics of Ageing
    4. Population biology - Diurnal variation of the Gastro-intestinal parasitic (GIP) infection
  2. Mathematical Finance
    1. Developmental econometrics – Evolution of the inequality index in a welfare society
    2. Supply chain management – (Externally) constrained Input/output optimisation
  3. Soft Matter Physics
    1. Liquid crystal – Dynamical propagation of crystalline ‘defects’
    2. Astrophysics: Magnetohydrodynamic Turbulence - Accretion flows
  4. Materials’ Modelling
    1. Crack propagation in nanocomposite materials & nanopolycrystals
    2. Photonics (Optical fibre laser) - 'Order parameter' based categorisation of laser turbulence

Thematic: Soft matter and statistical physics have always been my technical bedrocks. New methodologies combining stochastic mathematics, statistical physics and data mining will deliver toolboxes that will be subjectively targeted to analyse and solve problems in other fields of complex systems, often in an application oriented approach.

Teaching Activity

Presently teaching four undergraduate modules:

  • Vector Algebra & Geometry and
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Portfolio Analysis
  • Mathematical Modelling for Engineers

and (formerly) a postgraduate (MSc by Research) module:

  • Stochastic and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems


  • August 2017 – Present: Aston University, Reader in Mathematics
  • August 2015 – July 2017: Aston University, Senior lecturer of Mathematics
  • February 2010 – July 2015: Aston University, UK; Lecturer of Mathematics
  • November 2007 – January 2010: University of Delhi, India; Reader of Physics
  • July 2007 – June 2011: Research Associate at the School of Physics, University of Edinburgh, UK; topic: complex systems & econometrics

Contact Details

Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 3500
Email: a.k.chattopadhyay@aston.ac.uk
Room number: MB 313L

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • Complex Systems
  • Developmental economicsmental economics
  • Mathematical biology
  • Econometrics
  • Soft matter


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