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Light Actuated Microfluidic Devices for Medical Diagnosis

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

Project Description

The ability to control the motion of colloids within microfluidic devices has significant potential for applications in healthcare diagnostics, where colloids are used to find and concentrate cells and biological molecules for analysis. It has been shown that colloids made from materials such as titanium dioxide undergo rapid enhanced motion when illuminated with light. However, the ways in which this motion can be controlled are not fully established. In this project, the student will investigate a range of possible approaches to control the motion of these colloids, many inspired by strategies used by swimming micro-organisms. The student will be trained in a wide range of instrumentation including advanced microscopies, and surface analysis. The student will also learn how to make colloids and modify their surfaces, and gain experience in automated image analysis, including the industry recognised Labview software platform. The project will involve many opportunities for team work, with other members of my research group, and international collaborators in different disciplines, and you will disseminate your findings at international conferences.

Funding Notes

This is an interdisciplinary project spanning Chemistry, Physics and Chemical Engineering. The suitable candidate will have a 2.1 standard degree or equivalent qualification in these disciplines or related physical science subjects.

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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