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  Multi-objective Optimisation of Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems
  Dr A Maheri, Dr S Sriramula
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In planning and sizing of hybrid energy systems the conflicting objectives cost and performance are to be optimised simultaneously via a multi-objective optimisation process [1-2].
  New responsive electrolytes for energy conversion
  Dr A Martinez-Felipe, Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman
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Fuel cells have high efficiency, generate low levels of emissions, and can consume renewable sources, in combination with energy vectors, making them excellent candidates as for alternative power production technologies.
  Non-isolated DC/DC converters based on Modular Multilevel Converters for application in high power DC transmission grids
  Prof D Jovcic
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Aberdeen HVDC research centre is offering a PhD research project on the topic of high-power DC/DC converters using MMC technology.
  Nonlinear topology optimisation of stiffened shell structures
  Dr P Dunning, Dr A Maheri
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The aim of this project is to develop topology optimisation methods for the design of stiffened shell structures, considering nonlinear affects.
  Optical Fibre Lasers
  Dr K Nakkeeran, Dr S S Aphale
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Optical fibre lasers are widely used in many fields. In the recent past lots of research going on in optical fibre lasers for various applications.
  Optical Fibre Sensors
  Dr K Nakkeeran, Dr S S Aphale
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Optical fibre sensors are widely used in many fields. In the recent past lots of research going on in optical fibre sensors related to Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) and Photonic Crystal Fibres (PCF).
  Optimising Mechanical Performance of Additively Manufactured (3D Printed) Titanium Alloys
  Dr M Kartal, Dr Amir Siddiq
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Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a common term used to describe the technology in which three-dimensional (3D) objects are fabricated by successive layers of material.
  Predicting mechanical properties of nanocomposites with brush-like reinforcement
  Prof I Guz, Prof M Kashtalyan
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The project will focus on creating the multi-scale three-dimensional models for accurate analytical prediction of the effect of reinforcement with bristled nanowires on the overall performance of the composite material, leading to the optimal usage of very expensive nanomaterials.
  Process models for Portland cement manufacturing
  Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman, Dr P Kechagiopoulos
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Cement is the most ubiquitous product after drinking water, with 4.1B tons produced in 2017 alone, enough for half a ton per person per year worldwide.
  Raindrops, pesticides, and oil spills – droplet interactions with porous and textured surfaces
  Dr P D Hicks, Dr Y Tanino
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Droplet interactions with porous and textured surfaces play a crucial role in many important physical processes including the spraying of plant leaves with…
  Reliability of pipelines under spatially varying corrosion defects
  Dr S Sriramula, Dr H Tan
Applications accepted all year round

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The integrity of pipelines is greatly affected by the initiation and progression of corrosion defects. It has been widely recognised that random variations in these characteristics can be rationally quantified with probabilistic approaches.
  Stochastic response characterisation and reliability driven optimisation of floating wind turbines
  Dr S Sriramula, Dr A Maheri
Applications accepted all year round

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As the wind turbine installations move to deep-water environments, there is an increasing focus on the design considerations for floating wind turbines (FWTs).
  Stratified shear flows in inclined pipes
  Dr Y Tanino, Dr D Van der A
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Stably stratified shear flows are ubiquitous in the environment and industrial systems. In the atmosphere such flows are associated with clear air turbulence.
  Thermally superconducting and superinsulating nanofluids and their use in nanodevices
  Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman, Dr J Derksen
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Nanotechnology is the forefront of a new industrial revolution. As the scale of new devices shrink, the design bottle-neck becomes getting rid of waste heat.
  Clinical application of machine learning algorithms to determine appropriate antibiotic use in children with Gram-negative bacteria infections
  Dr Y Hsia, Prof C Hughes
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Digital health is a growing and productive field in recent years. The application of machine learning (ML) techniques in electronic healthcare databases has been successfully used for clinical diagnosis, outcome prediction, and disease progression.
  A time-resolved analysis of the molecular events underlying bovine innate immune activation: Insights from bovine macrophage response to Mycobacterium bovis
  Dr M Hassan, Prof J Hope
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a major animal health problem world-wide and a serious zoonotic threat in developing countries. Developing new tools to tackle bTB requires a deeper molecular understanding of host interactions with Mycobacteria bovis (M.
  An investigation into the occurance and impact of Mycobaterium orygis in the greater one-horned rhinoceros in Nepal
  Dr N Anderson, Dr M Bronsvoort
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) occurs only in India and Nepal and is vulnerable to extinction. A significant increase in mortality has recently been observed in Chitwan National Park, Nepal, with 43 unexplained deaths observed between July 2018 and July 2019.
  Apoptosis and senescene in the contol of mitral valve interstitial cell persistence
  Prof B Corcoran, Dr V MacRae
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) is an important valvulopathy of both the dog and human (Barlow’s Disease) that can result in heart failure.
  Application of genomics to characterise environmental adaptation in farmed fish
  Dr P Wiener, Dr R Houston
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Small-scale aquaculture ventures have the potential to greatly improve nutrition in some of the poorest regions of the developing world.
  Bacterial drivers of host adaptation in group B Streptococcus: defining bacterial effetors of pathogenesis
  Dr N Lynskey, Prof R Fitzgerald, Prof M Stevens
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Understanding the mechanisms by which bacterial pathogens jump between hosts and ultimately adapt to a new niche is of key importance in defining bacterial effectors of virulence.
  Conservation of genomic features during evolution
  Dr D VERNIMMEN, Dr J Smith, Prof T Freeman
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Rationale. In vertebrate genomes, CpG dinucleotides are relatively depleted, except in specific regions showing high density.
  Creation and characterisation of tumour organoids for better understanding of canine cancer microenvironment and personalised approach to patients’ cancer care
  Mr M Parys, Prof T Hupp
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Cancer is one of the most common chronic diseases in dogs, with a significant welfare burden for both animals as well as their caretakers.
  Directed differentiation of avian germ cells towards defined cell lineages to investigate gene function
  Dr M McGrew, Prof L Vervelde
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Selective breeding in agricultural animals is dependent on the identification of beneficial alleles within a population.
  Discovering and imaging new pathways underpinning cardiovascular calcification
  Dr V MacRae, Dr M Horrocks
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Heart disease and strokes affect about one person in three and are in part caused by arteries and valves becoming stiffened with calcium deposits (1).
  Dissection of host gene regulation during infection by an intracellular pathogen
  Dr L Morrison, Dr J Prendergast, Dr T Connelly
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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How gene expression is regulated is key to determining how cells within an animal respond to infection. This is particularly important when cells are invaded by intracellular pathogens, and can determine infection, establishment and proliferation.
  Distribution, demography and disease status of cryptic marine mammals: Combining marine strandings with genomic data to inform conservation management
  Dr R Ogden, Dr A Brownlow, Dr E Humble
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Cetaceans are a key component of marine ecosystems and can provide powerful insights into ocean health and environmental change (Silber et al., 2017).
  Enhanced surveillance for foot-and-mouth disease using field-based viral sequencing
  Dr M Bronsvoort
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) remains an important disease in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as representing a continuous threat to disease free countries such the UK.
  Evaluating sustainable dietary transitions in Brazil
  Dr R De Oliveira Silva, Prof D Moran
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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This project addresses key issues raised at the recent BBSRC Cross-Institute Workshop. The future role of livestock in food production.
  Fine-tuning of biomineralisation: Understanding the initiation and promotion of collagen fibril mineralisation.
  Prof C Farquharson, Dr F Nudelman
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Introduction. Bone is a composite material comprised of collagen and mineral whose combined material properties make bone strong and tough, providing rigidity and resistance to fracture.
  Functional role of transcript diversity in salmon immunity: development of full-length RNA sequencing
  Dr D Macqueen, Dr D Robledo
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Disease is a pressing challenge to the sustainability of fish farming, causing huge economic loss, environmental issues, animal welfare problems, and reputational harm to industry.
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