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Molecular modelling of polymers at interfaces

   Department of Chemistry

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  Prof Mark Wilson, Dr Clare Mahon  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

A PhD studentship is available to develop molecular models to study the behaviour of polymers at solid-liquid and liquid-liquid interfaces The overarching aims of the research project will be to identify binding strengths of polymers at interfaces, to understand polymer conformations at interfaces and the role of hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups in controlling these, to understand the role of polymers in controlling interfacial tension and other interfacial properties, and to develop robust computational models using multi-scale methodologies.

This is a fully funded PhD project, which is available for up to 4 years. It will be based in the Chemistry Department at the University of Durham and the work will be carried out in collaboration with P&G’s Newcastle Innovation Centre. It will be supervised in Durham by Professor Mark Wilson and Dr. Clare Mahon. The PhD will link up with computational and experimental work within the EPSRC-funded ANTENNA programme (Advanced tools for predictive cleaning in a world of resource scarcity), which aims to deliver new analysis and modelling tools to provide the step-change in formulation science needed to address environmental challenges including the effects of climate change and water scarcity. The studentship will benefit from access to the University of Durham’s “Hamilton” High-Performance Computing system and “Bede” the N8’s GPU supercomputer.

Applicants should have a first degree in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Materials or a related subject. To discuss the project informally, please contact Professor Mark Wilson, email: [Email Address Removed]

Funding provided: Tuition Fees and a stipend of £17,668 (tax-free) per annum for up to 4 years.

How To Apply:

An informal expression of interest can be made by contacting Prof. Mark Wilson directly, email: [Email Address Removed].

Formal applications should be made online via Durham’s on-line application portal:

Funding Notes

This is a fully funded studentship with UK-level fees paid for 4 years and a yearly stipend based on the current UK research council recommended stipend (£17,668 for 2022-23). UK fees cover UK and Irish students meeting the eligibility requirements and EU, EEA or Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement. The studentship is available also for overseas students but does not cover the cost of overseas fees for PhD study in the UK. Please check fees status at:


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