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Aerosols in a humid atmosphere

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science (CAS) is inviting applications for a PhD research project at the University of Bath.

The CAS training programme will include a period of intensive training in year 1 hosted by the CAS hub at the University of Bristol. More details about CAS and the Aerosol Science programme may be found here:

Project lead supervisor:
Dr Adam Squires, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, email

Project co-supervisor:
Prof Robert Price, Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, University of Bath

The project:

In this project you will study structural changes within aerosol particles as they dry or take up humidity from the air, associated with different atmospheric, industrial and pharmaceutical processes. You will investigate model systems representing: (1) fatty acids emitted from cooking, known to affect cloud formation and weather in cities, as they take up water; (2) small molecules that crystallise on spray-drying, where the precise crystal form adopted is important in pharmaceutical applications; and (3) drug molecules in inhalers, when they encounter humidity in the lungs.

You will develop new instrumentation to study these processes by producing well-defined spray streams or trapped droplets in an x-ray or laser beam. You will use the data you obtain to model and understand the fundamental principles underpinning aerosol phenomena underpinning a wide range of contexts and applications.

The candidate:

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second class MSci honours degree or international equivalent in an area of physical science, engineering or biological science. Applicants with an upper second class BSc honours degree may be considered if they can demonstrate good potential for research.

Applicants who first language is not English and whose full undergraduate degree was not taught in an English-speaking country, must hold/achieve a minimum score in an approved English language test.

How to apply:

We recommend you first discuss your interest in applying to CAS with the project lead supervisor.

To apply to CAS to study for a PhD in Aerosol Science, you should send the following to the CAS administrator at by the application deadline of 15 March 2019:

• A completed proforma which you can download from this link:

• A Curriculum Vitae.

NOTE: Applications will be considered until the position is filled; therefore, early application is strongly recommended.

Funding Notes

CAS funding is for up to 4 years and is open to UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK since September 2016.

A studentship will provide UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance in line with the UKRI Doctoral stipend rate (£15,009 in 2019/20) and an allowance for research expenses and travel.


“Complex three-dimensional self-assembly in proxies for atmospheric aerosols” C. Pfrang et al., Nature Communications 1724 (2017)

How good is research at University of Bath in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.10

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