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  Dr M Haw  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Active particles are a class of material that has been studied in detail in the past decade, in a wide range of contexts from the transport and collective behaviour of bacteria and algae to nanoengineering with artificial driven nanoparticles and colloids. What is less well known is how the behaviour of systems of active particles is affected by interactions between the particles. Bacteria and algae are known to exhibit complex collective behaviour, but even the basic rules of how simple (attractive, repulsive) interactions change the phase behaviour, aggregation and gelation of simple colloids and particulates is not well understood. We will use computer simulations to study how activity and interaction combine to generate novel material structures and kinetics that may be of use for example in building nanostructures, microstructured solids, complex-structured films and membranes, and so on.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

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Biological Sciences (4) Engineering (12) Materials Science (24) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

This PhD project is initially offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources. However, excellent candidates may be considered for a University scholarship.
Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research.

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