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PhD Studentship for computation of polymeric additives/complex fluids

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

PhD opportunity on smart additives, funded by EPSRC and the industry.

This PhD focuses on smart additives for lubricants. Additives can modify the properties of a lubricant to extend its temperature range, or to improve its friction properties. A particular class of additives are viscosity modifiers. Viscosity modifiers are usually polymers and their chemistry and architecture can be tailored to specific needs. It is believed that polymeric viscosity modifiers operate through changes in chain conformation but fundamental understanding of their mechanism of operation is lacking.

This project will use computer simulations to investigate the effect of polymer molecular architecture on its response to temperature, pressure and high shear conditions, with strong relevance to lubrication applications. You would be part of the Tribology Group at Imperial College London, one of the largest academic group working on tribology research in the world, with multiscale experimental and computational capabilities. You will work closely with experimentalist working on related projects and with other computational researchers. You would also interact with our industrial sponsor.

The successful candidate should be a UK/EU student matching the EPSRC definition of a home student. S/he will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London, majoring in Physics, Chemistry or Engineering. S/he should be strong with Math, enjoy coding, good with details and curious about how and why things work. S/he should be a good communicator and a good team player, comfortable in a culturally diverse work environment.

For further details of the post please contact Dr. Janet Wong (). Interested applicants should email an up-to-date curriculum vitae. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form available on the Imperial College London website in order for their qualifications to be assessed by the College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

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Funding Notes

The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by the EPSRC and an industrial sponsor. The studentship is for 3.5 years from October 2019 and is available for UK and EU candidates meeting the Research Council criterion of having been resident in the UK for the previous 3 years. Please check your suitability at the following web site:

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