Niels Walet

Niels Walet, D CPhys FInstP


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Niels Walet is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the university of Manchester, and Associate Dean for Online and Flecible learning in the faculty of Science and Engineering.

Niels obtained his undergraduate degree ("doctoraal examen", leading to the rather specific Dutch title of "Drs") in Theoretical Physics with Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Utrecht. He then specialised in theoretical nuclear physics and obtained a doctorate in this area, again from the University of Utrecht.. Subsequently he worked as a researcher in Amsterdam (NL), Philadelphia (USA) and Erlangen (D), before coming to UMIST in Manchester as a lecturer. Here he progressed through the ranks to become senior lecturer, reader and professor.

Apart from his research interests in the theory  of and computational approaches in Condensed Matter and Nuclear Physics, Niels has a keen interest in teaching and learning. He has led a number of successful projects in the Department, and also contributes to Open Educational Resources. With his keen interest in computing, he has contributed to e-learning resources using simulations in Java and Mathematica.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Member of the European Physical Society

Research interests

  • The exact renormalisation group and the (nuclear) many-body problem,
  • Skyrmions and topological excitations in condensed matter systems.
  • Effective Field Theory description of light nuclei
  • Toplogy in condensed matter physics
  • (quasi-) 2D condensed matter physics: graphene and related materials
  • Gender issues in Physics education
  • The effectuve use of modern computer-based learning
  • Accurate description of light and medium mass nuclei using the coupled-cluster method.
  • Many-body approaches to quantum field theory.
  • Large Amplitude collective motion.
  • Non-linear physics (solitons) in simple models of molecules and molecular wires;

My group

I am a member of the Theoretical Physics division, and am the head of group for what is called the theoretical physics group, a subgroup of our theoretical activity,
My research is mainly in two areas:  theoretical nuclear physics and condensed matter physics.
I  supervise or co-supervise 4 PhD students (Rory Brown, Kelsea Gill, Garbriel Hawkins-Pottiers and Liu Yang).

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 5 - Gender Equality

Areas of expertise

  • QC Physics
  • Theoretical physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Condensed matter theory

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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