Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Head of Department of Mathematics



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Richard Craster is Professor of Applied Mathematics at Imperial College. He has research interests across a broad spectrum of fluid mechanics and elasticity (fracture mechanics, diffraction theory, wave phenomena, applied complex analysis, Newtonian thin-layer theories, viscoplasticity, guided elastic waves, and waves in microstructured media) and is involved in their applications in engineering and physics. He also has interests in asymptotic theories for differential equations (WKBJ methods, Fuchsian equations) and in the development of techniques to solve free boundary problems and conformal mapping theory.

Richard Craster's personal webpage can be found at

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Craster RV, Kaplunov J, Postnova J, 2010, High-Frequency Asymptotics, Homogenisation and Localisation for Lattices, Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, Vol:63, ISSN:0033-5614, Pages:497-519

Karapetsas G, Craster RV, Matar OK, 2011, On surfactant-enhanced spreading and superspreading of liquid drops on solid surfaces, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:670, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:5-37

Craster RV, Kaplunov J, Pichugin AV, 2010, High-frequency homogenization for periodic media, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, Vol:466, ISSN:1364-5021, Pages:2341-2362

Touvet T, Balmforth NJ, Craster RV, et al., 2011, Fingering instability in buoyancy-driven fluid-filled cracks, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:672, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:60-77

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