Continuous Synthesis of Nanoparticles for Healthcare Applications
Gold, silver, copper, zinc oxide nanoparticles have widespread applications in antimicrobial surfaces and therapeutics. These applications highly depend on the size, shapes, and functionalization of the nanomaterials. Thus, the robust and reproducible synthetic process is of great importance. However, these nanoparticles are conventionally produced in batch systems, which are poorly controllable, leading to products that are hard to reproduce. Compared to these conventional systems, microchannel reactors give good performance during the synthesis with precise control of operational parameters, controlled or fast mixing, enhanced mass/heat transfer and ease of scale-up. This research project aims to design and demonstrate a new, sustainable, and scalable approach for manufacturing nanoparticles with advanced properties in a way that is controllable and reproducible and that does not involve significant upscaling issues. To attain this goal, different synthetic routes (e.g., different precursors, ligands and reducing agents) will be screened and adapted for the continuous flow systems. Based on the characteristics of each selected synthetic route, specific microchannel reactors will be designed and investigated for controllable and scalable manufacturing of nanoparticles. The nanoparticles will be tested for antimicrobial and therapeutic applications with our collaborators in microbiology and pharmacy. More info at: www.ucl.ac.uk/manufacturing-advanced-functional-materials
The candidate must have or be expected to obtain an First-Class Honours degree from an MEng level programme or its equivalent (e.g. a 3 year BSc followed by an MSc degree) in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics or an associated discipline. For an evaluation, please send a two page CV, a personal statement (max 500 words), full grade transcript(s) for all degree(s) already obtained, and for all completed modules of currently in progress degrees.
Scholarship funding is possible if the applicant is from UK or EU and has been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years. To be considered please apply by 26 April 2020.