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Exploiting the Collective Behaviour of Catalytic Colloids to Make Optoelectronic Devices

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Catalytic active colloids are able to produce rapid enhanced motion but also possess unusual additional interactions. The interactions can cause colloids to organise into new arrangements that can have interesting optoelectronic properties, which may be used for new technologies. This collective behaviour is similar to swarming phenomena seen for micro-organisms, or much larger robotic systems. However, at the moment, the ability to control the extra interactions, which arise due to the chemical gradients that the colloids create, and their rapid motion, has not been established. This project will consequently develop new methods to directly measure the interactions between active colloids. Based on this understanding, colloids that show particular collective organisation behaviours that are useful for new technolgies will be developed.

The student will be trained in a wide range of instrumentation including advanced microscopies, and surface analysis, learn how to make and modify the surface of colloids, and gain experience in automated image analysis, including the industry recognised Labview software platform. This project will suit in particular a student with an interest in computing programming. The project will involve many opportunities for team work, with other members of my research group, and international collaborators from different disciplines, and offer the chance to disseminate your findings at international conferences.

Funding Notes

This is an interdisciplinary project spanning Chemistry and Physics. The suitable candidate will have a 2.1 standard degree or equivalent qualification in these disciplines or related physical science subjects. Evidence of aptitude in computer programming would also be beneficial.

If English is not your first language, then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component.

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