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Professor Billy Todd

Professor, Mathematics


Billy Todd is a Professor at Swinburne’s Department of Mathematics and was its inaugural Department Chair (October 2012 - December 2018 inclusive, including Discipline Leader). His research specialties include statistical mechanics of non-equilibrium systems, non-equilibrium molecular dynamics and computational nanofluidics.

Alongside his research work, Professor Todd teaches a variety of mathematics subjects including numerical and computational mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and a member of the American Physical Society and the Australian Mathematical Society. He is a former President of the Australian Society of Rheology and Council Member. He currently holds a number of honourary academic appointments including Visiting Professor at Imperial College London (Tribology Group), Honorary Professor in the Department of Sciences and Environment at Roskilde University (Denmark) and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Mechanics at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He was an inaugeral elected member of the Swinburne Professorial Board. In 2023 he was jointly awarded the Australian Society of Rheology Medallion, along with his colleague Prof Peter Daivis (RMIT University).

Prior to joining Swinburne in 1999, Professor Todd completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in physics at the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University. He then completed postdoctoral appointments at the University of Cambridge and the Australian National University, before moving to CSIRO in Melbourne in 1996.

Research interests

Molecular Modelling; Computational Nanofluidics; Statistical Mechanics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

PhD in Molecular Tribology: Computation and Experiment: This is an exciting opportunity to pursue research supported by an ARC Discovery grant with partners at Imperial College London and RMIT University. The project involves molecular dynamics computer simulation and experimental studies on reducing friction at the molecular level. The student will spend 12 months at Imperial College. Email for information.

Fields of Research

  • Statistical Mechanics In Chemistry - 340703
  • Transport Properties And Non-equilibrium Processes - 340609
  • Applied Mathematics Not Elsewhere Classified - 490199

Teaching areas

Mathematical modelling


Also published as: Todd, Billy; Todd, B.; Todd, B. D.; Todd, Billy D.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Molecular design of complex lubricants to reduce friction *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2019: Deep Ocean Thermodynamics and Climate Change *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2018: Molecular Design of Complex Lubricants to Improve Energy Efficiency of Machines *; The Royal Society UK
  • 2012: Visiting Researcher Scheme 2012 - Allen *; Research Advisory Group- Visiting Researcher Scheme 2012
  • 2011: CSIRO Student Agreement *; CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Research Fund

* Chief Investigator