About the Project
Established methods used to transport biological media such as axial, centrifugal and peristaltic pumps can cause damage to micro organisms due to shear stress, crushing and high velocity movement. An example of this is extra-corporeal blood pumps used in cardiovascular surgery; blood cells suffer damage due to the non-physiological dynamics and environment. A novel linear "soft" peristaltic pump is proposed to address these issues in the clinical and bioprocessing arena’s. The research proposed would be suitable for a candidate prepared to engage in multi-disciplinary tasks including computer modelling, (CFD/FEM) cell/microorganisms and their biological interfaces. It is expected that a hand-on approach to the design and development of a proof-of-concept linear peristaltic pump and resultant effects to micro-organisms will complete the experimental work.
Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU students and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.)