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The Gianna Angelopoulos Programme

for Science Technology and Innovation


Alexander is a physicist from Cyprus with experience in computational fluid dynamics and numerical modelling. Having worked on Monte-Carlo techniques for parametric studies of black hole accretion during his BSc in Astrophysics at the University of St Andrews, he realised that computational modelling of physical processes is something he enjoys and wants to pursue. This motivated him to attend the MPhil in Scientific Computing at the University of Cambridge.


Exposure to numerical schemes for hyperbolic PDEs and multi-material modelling trained Alexander to carry out advanced numerical simulations. This led to a self-contained research project focused on plasma modelling in fusion reactors. Wanting to dive deeper into fusion reactor modelling, he continued into a PhD in collaboration with Tokamak Energy, a leading company in compact tokamak design.


Alexander’s research revolves around multi-physics, multi-material and integrated simulations of tokamak operation. The potential outcomes of this work would include enhanced understanding of the underlying physics processes and tokamak device optimisation.

In the future, he plans to utilise his experience in Scientific computing and start a research hub for graduate scientists in this field, based in Cyprus, where scientific computing has untapped potential.

PhD student