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Development of bioreactors for the evaluation of novel dental implants

Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science

Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The transition of medical devices and pharmaceutical agents from the lab to the clinic, requires a lot of effort and resources (e.g. in vitro experiments, animal trials). In order to improve the evaluation process of these agents/devices it is critical to develop novel tools that will simplify the required procedures and will bridge the gap between lab research and animal trials. This PhD program focuses on the development of novel optofluidic based bioreactors for the evaluation of “smart” multifunctional dental implants. The project includes initial CFD simulations for the design of the bioreactor, 3D printing and fabrication, appropriate experiments for the replication of the micro-environment around the implant (e.g. pH, temperature and flow conditions) and real time spectroscopic measurements to evaluate the phenomena taking place at the surface of the implant. This PhD is part of a multidisciplinary, EU project with several academic and industry partners.

The successful candidate will receive training and will gain knowledge in the fields of rheology, materials characterisation (nanoparticles, drugs, biomaterials), tissue engineering and microfluidics, aiming to emerge as a well-rounded scientist, capable to work across disciplines. She/he will have also the opportunity and will get the support to develop valuable soft skills as problem solving, time management, creative way of thinking, communication (e.g. presentation skills and technical report writing) which will contribute to the further career progression.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS) is a world leader in industrially relevant research and teaching in chemical engineering and related subjects. We undertake leading-edge, multidisciplinary and creative research on a wide range of topics and we provide a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding.

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in Chemical engineering, chemistry or other related field.

For more information and to make an expression of interest, please contact Dr Antonios Anastasiou .

Funding Notes

This studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees and provides a tax-free stipend for a PhD of 3.5 years duration starting April 2021.

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