Associate Professor Barbara Maenhaut

Associate Professor and Deputy Head

School of Mathematics and Physics
Faculty of Science

Associate Professor

School of Mathematics and Physics
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 53258


Dr Barbara Maenhaut's research interests are in combinatorial design theory and graph theory.

She received her PhD from the University of Queensland in 1999. Her current research projects are in the fields of:

  • Graph decompositions
  • Latin squares and perfect one-factorisations

Research Interests

  • Graph decompositions
    A decomposition of a graph G is a set of subgraphs {H1, H2, ..., Ht} of G such that each edge of G occurs in precisely one subgraph Hi. If the subgraphs are each isomorphic to a graph H, then we say that H divides G. Recently, I have investigated several graph decomposition problems, including common multiples of pairs of graphs and decompositions into 2-regular graphs.
  • Latin squares
    A Latin square of order n is an n by n array of the symbols 1 to n in which each symbol occurs precisely once in each row and once in each column. I have recently been working with Dr Wanless (Monash) on Latin squares in which the permutation defined by any pair of rows is a full cycle, and on Latin cuboids (the generalisation of Latin squares to 3 dimensions).


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Mathematics, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Mathematics, University of Waterloo


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Maenhaut, Barbara (2017). 50 years of the Oberwolfach problem. 5th International Combinatorics Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 5-9 December 2017.

  • Maenhaut, Barbara (2016). Hamilton decompositions. 30th Midwestern Conference on Combinatorics and Combinatorial Computing, Normal, ILL, United States, 14-16 October 2016.

  • Worsley, S. R., Hibberd, K. E. and Maenhaut, B. M. (2007). Enhancing the student experience in mathematics through the use of a group project. EMAC 2007: 8th Biennial Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, Hobart, TAS, Australia, 1-4 July, 2007. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.0000/anziamj.v49i0.371

  • Bryant, Darryn and Maenhaut, Barbara (2003). Common multiples of complete graphs. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1112/S0024611502013771

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision