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  Nanoscale transport mechanisms in zeolites and metal-organic frameworks
  Prof R Brydson, Dr S Collins
Application Deadline: 17 April 2020

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Microporous materials, with pores less than 2 nm in size, are central materials technologies for chemical separations and catalysis and, increasingly, show promise for energy storage applications.
  Switchable molecules for information processing
  Dr C Wood, Prof C Wälti
Application Deadline: 17 April 2020

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In this project you will develop fundamental understanding of how arrays of electrodes can be used to switch molecules controllably and thereby provide on-demand access to e.g.
  A mechanistic understanding of allosteric regulation of neuronal sodium-activated potassium channels
  Research Group: School of Biomedical Sciences
  Dr J D Lippiat, Dr S Muench, Dr A Kalli
Applications accepted all year round

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The sodium-activated potassium channel KNa1.1 (KCNT1, Slack, Slo2.2) is found in neurons and couples sodium influx to excitability.
  The biomechanical mechanism of sports-related concussion
  Dr G Tierney
Application Deadline: 24 April 2020

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There is a growing body of evidence regarding the risk of several neurodegenerative diseases associated with sports-related concussion (SRC).
  Investigation of mechanisms of interaction/performance of Green Corrosion inhibitors for High temperature and pressure H2S/CO2 Corrosion Environment
  Dr F Pessu, Prof A Neville
Application Deadline: 12 April 2020

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The cost of corrosion is currently over $2 Trillion or 3% of the GDP of all G20 economies. Corrosion consistently presents a significant threat to the UK and world energy production infrastructure and manifests in various forms.
  Learning from plant cell walls as a path for innovations in food and material sciences
  Dr Y Benitez-Alfonso, Dr C Bosch
Applications accepted all year round

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The research will dissect the structural factors controlling cell walls and cell communication for two main purposes. to improve the health value of food crops and to design strategies for the valorisation of wasted plant materials.
  Multi-Objective Optimisation for Sustainable Steel Structures Employing Artificial Intelligence
  Dr KD Tsavdaridis
Application Deadline: 30 April 2020

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This project will engage with Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods recently developed for structural engineering applications, as is proving to be an efficient alternative approach to classic modelling techniques, and attempt to reduce the percentage of uncertainty of the results as well as saving significant human time and effort spent in experiments.
  Nanoinjection: a single molecule technique to study amyloid toxicity in neurons
  Research Group: Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
  Dr E W Hewitt, Prof S E Radford, Dr P Actis
Applications accepted all year round

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Interested in amyloid disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. Want to work with cutting edge technology in a multidisciplinary team.
  Ergodicity Breaking and Many-Body Scars in Rydberg-Atom Quantum Simulators
  Dr Z Papic
Applications accepted all year round

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A perennial mystery of nature is how order can exist amidst chaos. Familiar systems such as the clock pendulum exhibit regular periodic motion.
  ISIS Beamline Facility Development Studentship: Opto-Electronic Control of Magnetism
  Research Group: Condensed Matter
  Dr O Cespedes, Prof S Langridge
Applications accepted all year round

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This is a joint project to be carried out in collaboration between the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, a world-leading centre for research at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) near Oxford, and the University of Leeds.
  Enhancing stability of biocatalyst for fuel cells and bioelectrocatalysis
  Prof L J C Jeuken, Dr P Beales
Applications accepted all year round

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Progress in biotechnology over the last two decades has greatly increased the use of biocatalyst in the industrial production of fine chemicals.
  Structural insights into ligand binding and channel gating in ATP-gated P2X7 receptor
  Research Group: School of Biomedical Sciences
  Dr L H Jiang, Dr S Muench
Applications accepted all year round

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P2X7 receptor, belonging to the ATP-gated ion channel P2X receptor family, exhibits distinct functional and pharmacological properties that are crucial for its role in innate immunity and inflammatory diseases and cancers (Jiang et al., 2013; Caseley et al., 2014; Roger et al., 2014; Wei et al., 2018).
  TRPM2 channel mechanism of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease
  Research Group: School of Biomedical Sciences
  Dr L H Jiang, Dr I Wood
Applications accepted all year round

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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia and also a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Currently, there is no effective therapeutics to treat or slow the disease progress.
  Development and performance improvement of structural concrete using reused aggregate
  Research Group: Centre For Sustainable Environments
  Dr X Dai, Prof D Lam
Applications accepted all year round

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Concrete is one of the most used construction materials in construction practice overall world. Aggregate is the main constituent material for concrete and it affects the concrete properties significantly.
  Development of Ni based nanostructured coating by co-electrodeposition techniques
  Research Group: Mechanical and Process Engineering
  Prof T Khan
Applications accepted all year round

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Composite coatings of pure metals is a common technique to improve the corrosion/oxidation and wear resistant surface properties of steels.
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