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Nano-particle transport and deposition processes

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Application details

Reference number: WS03
Start date of studentship: 1st October 2019
Closing date of advert: 28th January 2019
Interview date: TBC


Primary supervisor: Dr Edward Long
Secondary supervisor: TBC

Loughborough University

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Full Project Detail

The transport and deposition of nano-scale particles in the human lung is of significant current interest, whether delivering life-saving drugs or damaging carcinogenic material. The size of the particles changes the nature of the interaction, from sizes where inertial impaction and gravitational settling dominates, to sizes where diffusion is dominant. In addition, the local flow structure and boundary profile play a significant role in the interactions that occur. Nano-particles can have a direct impact on health, so it is important that their transport and deposition mechanisms are understood. However, at this time there is insufficient insight into the processes involved that is supported and validated by experiemental evidence. With recent developments in diagnostic techniques and equipment, it is now possible to make a significant impact into this area and provide new understanding.

This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD researcher to experimentally investigate flow-particle interactions using state-of-the-art optical diagnostic techniques and develop much-needed insight into the fundamental physical interactions that occur. Investigations will focus on using bespoke test rigs to replicate particular channels and features in the lung.

Loughborough university has outstanding research facilities in optical engineering and thermofluids, with a strong research group working in these areas. The successful candidate will primarily be based within the optical engineering research laboratory of the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical, and Manufacturing Engineering.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Fluid mechanics, optical engineering.

Contact details

Name: Dr Edward Long
Email address:
Telephone number: 01509 227 535

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering’

Please quote reference number: WS03

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a tax-free stipend at the UK Research and Innovation rate. The UKRI stipend value for 2019/20 has not yet been announced but the value for 2018/19 was £14,777. While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 26th March 2019.

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