Production of two-dimensional materials with multiphase flows
Two-dimensional (2D) materials have received significant scientific attention due to their exceptional properties. The most well-known of this class of nanomaterial is graphene, however, there are numerous 2D materials which have the potential to transform existing and future technologies across a wide range of sectors. Applications include opto-electronics, semiconductors, biomedical sensors, tissue engineering, drug delivery, and energy conversion and storage. It is, therefore, imperative that these exciting materials can be exploited on a large scale to address the global challenges that society faces.
Production is a key area that requires attention. Liquid phase exfoliation is one promising approach, however, the performance is typically poor. Optimisation of the production process, selectivity of the material output, and the ability to predict how it scales, relies on a thorough understanding of multiphase flows and their relationship to the material produced. Such flows contain interfaces, dispersed phases, and turbulence. The aim of this research project is to develop new insights on 2D nanomaterial production, using a combination of advanced multiphase numerical and experimental fluid dynamics techniques. The researcher will also be exposed to microscopy and spectroscopy approaches for the materials characterisation aspects.
We are looking to recruit an excellent graduate from a relevant discipline (i.e. Mechanical/Chemical Engineering or closely related). For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Jason Stafford ([Email Address Removed]).
Successful UK and EU applicants will receive 3 years of support through a tax-free stipend and full tuition fees. Funding for non-UK/EU citizens covers tuition fees only. This research project is in competition with other projects within the School. Projects which receive the best applicant will be awarded the funding.
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