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FULLY FUNDED MASTERS BY RESEARCH PROJECT: Function and development of superhydrophilic slippery plant surfaces

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 17, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

FULLY FUNDED MASTERS BY RESEARCH PROJECT: The trapping surfaces of carnivorous pitcher plants are unusually wettable and turn extremely slippery for insects when wet. If we understand how these surfaces work and how the plants make them, they can inspire the development of more resistant, mechanically protected crop plants. Using contact angle measurements and high-speed videography, you will tease apart the effects of surface chemistry and micro-topography on wettability and water spreading. A combination of morphometrics, time-lapse video and micro-imaging will reveal the surface development inside the hollow pitcher bud. You will work with a charismatic plant and learn a broad spectrum of imaging and 3D reconstruction techniques.

Funding Notes

A new scheme for BCAI, the Lady Emily Smyth Studentship is a fully funded award to support two scholars undertaking MRes at the University of Bristol. The award covers the full cost of fees, stipend, consumables for a year, and a supplement to support dissemination. Candidates are selected on academic merit gauged by a personal statement, track record, references and interview.

Eligibility: UK and EU students
Please apply using the following website: View Website
Students should indicate their preferred supervisor and that they wish to be considered for the Lady Emily Smyth Studentship.

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