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Programmable Self-Assembly of Colloidal Matter

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

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship on a project seeking to program self-assembly of colloidal matter. The project is available starting from the 2018-19 academic year with Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham with opportunities to closely collaborate with experimental group(s).


Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham

Project description:

Self-assembly of colloidal building blocks has enormous potential as a means of structure fabrication due to the scope for tuning the interparticle interactions. This bottom-up strategy has received a great boost from an unprecedented growth in the synthesis of microparticles over the last decade, offering an exotic variety of colloidal building blocks different in terms of shape, composition, pattern, and functionality. However, design rules for engineering their assembly into target structures are rather limited.

A PhD studentship is available on a project themed on seeking rational design of colloidal building blocks for their programmed assembly into functional materials. Designing soft functional materials with structural hierarchy is currently a focal point of this research theme. The successful applicant will be trained in the interdisciplinary field of soft matter and will develop, adapt, and apply computational methods, largely underpinned by the theory of statistical mechanics and energy landscape framework. There may also be opportunities for undertaking some experimental work depending upon the interest and expertise of the successful applicant.

Person specification:

Applicants must have a Masters in chemistry/physics/materials science/chemical engineering or in a related discipline at the upper second class level, the normal requirement being at least 65% overall degree mark, and an interest in theoretical and computational studies. Programming experience is desirable, but not essential.

How to apply:

For further details on the project and informal enquiry please visit and contact Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti at [email protected] For general information on Chemistry PhD at the University of Birmingham, please visit

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Application deadline:

Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration for admission into the PhD programme for the 2018-19 academic year.

Funding Notes

This PhD studentship is fully funded for home students covering tuition fees at the home rate and providing an annual stipend at the standard rate for three years.

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