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PhD Studentship: Foam Electrokinetic Separation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: NAN0/MA/DT-2020
Start date: 1st July 2020
Closing date: 30th April 2020

Primary supervisor: Dr Dmitri Tseluiko
Secondary supervisor: Dr Hemaka Bandulasena, Dr Anna Trybala, Professor Andrew Archer

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

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Project Detail

Following the establishment of a Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) in “Designed Self-assembly of Nanoparticles within Fluids and at Interfaces” at Loughborough University, applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship. The CDT is a joint initiative of the School of Science (Departments of Mathematics and Chemistry) and the School of School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering (Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials), and it offers a unique opportunity to join a vibrant team of researchers working in a multidisciplinary environment across the fields of mathematical modelling, chemistry, chemical engineering and colloidal science. This project will be based in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and will in close collaboration with the Micro/Nano Engineering Research Group within Chemical Engineering.

The successful candidate will investigate electrokinetic phenomena in foams and free liquid films, with the view of developing a novel separation technique. We will target biological entities such as proteins and cells that are difficult to separate by conventional methods and that are useful in pharmaceutical industry. This novel approach will provide tight control of molecules by manipulating strict conditions required for their effective separation. The research will involve mathematical modelling, numerical simulations and the use of state-of-the-art flow visualization tools.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or Science discipline. An appetite and aptitude for interdisciplinary research is essential, as well as good communication and experimental or computational skills. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in these areas will be an advantage.

Contact details

Name: Dr Dmitri Tseluiko
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 22 3190

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mathematical Sciences.

Please quote reference number: NAN0/MA/DT-2020.

Funding Notes

This studentship will be funded through an EPSRC DTP. This 42-month project will be part of a 5-student cohort, working collaboratively to deliver specific goals. The studentship will be further enhanced by a DTP-specific induction and training. It consists of a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum, plus UK/EU tuition fees. Additional funds via a Research Training Support Grant will be available. Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. To qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement:
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