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PhD in Chemistry: Spatially- and Temporally- Controlled Photothermal Gels

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, September 01, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Gels are widely used and extremely interesting materials. In this project, we will be using hydrogels formed by the self-assembly of small molecules into fibres, which entangle and form the matrix that traps the water. These gels can contain up to 99.5% by weight of water, and can be biocompatible for example, as well as being responsive to different stimuli.

There are many areas where these gels are being used, but generally these are used as bulk homogeneous materials. My group has been working with this kind of gel, and we have developed methods to prepare spatially patterned surfaces, as well as a number of light-responsive materials. Here, we aim to produce a new type of gel whereby irradiation with near-infra red light brings about an increase in temperature. We will exploit the techniques that we have been developing to allow us to control specifically spatially where the heating will occur when the whole gel is irradiated. As a result, we will be able to control locally the patterns and intensity of the heating. This means that we should be able to prepare exciting materials, where for example local heating allows site-specific reactions to occur or allows local melting of a structure and so changes in diffusion rate for example.

This fully funded PhD studentship is part of a recently funded Leverhulme Trust research project. The successful applicant will focus on the generation of electrodes, including patterned electrodes and microarrays. They will prepare gels on these surfaces, by either gelling on the surface or using our in-house protocols to electrochemically gel on top of the surfaces. This will allow control of the thickness. They will exploit and use local heating to drive site-specific reactions, to spatially increase the diffusion rate of an additive, for local melting of the network, possible annealing, and to carry out reactions catalysed by a second component.

Starting date: 1st October 2019

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for 42 weeks UK and EU applicants, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,009 for Session 2018-19).

How good is research at University of Glasgow in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of Strathclyde)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 30.80

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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