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Nanoparticle synthesis with flow reactors

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  • Full or part time
    Prof Nguyen T. K. Thanh
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Gold, silver, copper, zinc oxide nanoparticles have widespread applications in antimicrobial surfaces and therapeutics. These applications highly depend on the size, shapes, and functionalization of the nanomaterials. Thus, the robust and reproducible synthetic process is of great importance. However, these nanoparticles are conventionally produced in batch systems, which are poorly controllable, leading to products that are hard to reproduce. Compared to these conventional systems, microchannel reactors give good performance during the synthesis with precise control of operational parameters, controlled or fast mixing, enhanced mass/heat transfer and ease of scale-up. This research project aims to design and demonstrate a new, sustainable, and scalable approach for manufacturing nanoparticles with advanced properties in a way that is controllable and reproducible and that does not involve significant upscaling issues. To attain this goal, different synthetic routes (e.g., different precursors, ligands and reducing agents) will be screened and adapted for the continuous flow systems. Based on the characteristics of each selected synthetic route, specific microchannel reactors will be designed and investigated for controllable and scalable manufacturing of nanoparticles. The nanoparticles will be tested for antimicrobial and therapeutic applications with our collaborators in microbiology and pharmacy.

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Studentship Description
The scheme aims to provide new research students with the exceptional opportunity to work within their chosen research field to undertake a PhD programme at a world class research institution. The successful candidates will receive full tuition fees, a generous stipend and a research consumables fund for up to 4 years.
Person Specification
The candidate will have or be expected to obtain an Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1) degree from a UK MEng level programme or its equivalent (e.g. a 3 year BSc followed by an MSc degree) in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics or an associated discipline.

The ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment that tackles questions across various fields of Chemical Engineering is expected. Effective written and verbal communication skills, good time-management, excellent attention to detail and the ability to work in a team are essential.
The studentships are open to UK and EU candidates who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship.

Applicants should be confident that they are able to demonstrate outstanding academic performance before applying for this scholarship scheme. Candidates are strongly advised to contact a prospective supervisor and discuss their potential project well in advance of submitting their applications. In order to be considered for the studentships you must obtain the support of an academic supervisor.

To apply please submit the following documents:
· - a two page CV
· - a personal statement (max 500 words)
· - a full grade transcript(s) for all degree(s) already obtained, and for all completed modules of currently in progress degrees
as a single PDF file to Professor Nguyen TK Thanh (Email: [Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

Only outstanding students with national awards and publications are short-listed.

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