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Microfluidic fabrication of micro/nanoparticles for biomedical applications

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Microfluidic devices offer precise control of mixing multiple fluids in microscale, enabling fabrication of advanced micro/nanoparticles with tunable structures and compositions in a high throughput and repeatable manner. The combination of these remarkable features with carefully selected materials and fabrication conditions enable high efficiency, direct encapsulation of actives in micro/nanoparticles with well controlled functionalities. These particles have great potential in biomedical applications including drug delivery, cell-laden matrices, biosensors etc.

This PhD project is to use a newly designed microfluidic device to fabricate/formulate/functionalize micro/nanoparticles for drug and gene delivery. The student will be trained to use the microfluidic device for particle fabrication, to use modern techniques such as AFM, SEM, TEM, FTIR, Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS)/nanosight, Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy (CD) to characterize the properties of the particles and to use Flow Cytometry, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM) etc. to evaluate the drug and gene delivery efficacy.

Funding Notes

Applicants should have or expect to gain a first class or upper second-class honors degree (or equivalent if from overseas) in any of the following backgrounds: chemistry, materials, physics, biochemistry, bioengineering/biotechnology, biomaterials, biomedical engineering, pharmaceutics, chemical engineering or a related discipline, or have an appropriate MSc qualification.

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

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