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Self-Assembly of Colloidal Structures in Living Liquid Crystals

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    Dr T Shendruk
    Prof A Archer
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Project Description

A studentship in Self-Assembly of Colloidal Structures in Living Liquid Crystals is available in the Intradisciplinary Centre for Mathematical Modelling, Loughborough University. Biological matter is wonderfully complex - it can often flow like a liquid, orient like a liquid crystal, spontaneously move, and produces dynamic structures on multiple scales. These are exciting properties that passive and man-made materials typically do not possess. This project will develop and use novel numerical algorithms to study biomimetic fluids composed of passive elements suspended in a spontaneously flowing liquid crystal. Applicants should have experience with or show enthusiasm to learn numerical modelling.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
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Full Project Detail

A 3-year PhD studentship in Self-Assembly of Colloidal Structures in Living Liquid Crystals is available in the Intradisciplinary Centre for Mathematical Modelling, with Dr Tyler Shendruk. We seek an applied mathematics student, interested in simulating materials intrinsically out of equilibrium materials. This project will investigate the dynamics of colloids embedded in active fluids, fluids that spontaneously flow due to internal energy. The interdisciplinary basis of this project leverages recent discoveries in the fields of active matter and colloidal liquid crystals to realize otherwise impossible pathways to dynamics self-assembly of mesoscale structures. This project consolidates these three exciting avenues of research. You will work in a collaborative and intradisciplinary environment, and will become familiar with cutting-edge modelling techniques. Your role will be to develop mathematical models and numerical simulations to understand the self-assembly in active matter. We are particularly eager to see diverse applicants who demonstrate creativity, and possess or express enthusiasm to learn programming skills.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Applied Mathematics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Statistical physics and thermodynamics, classical field theory, hydrodynamics, nucleation theory, condensed matter physics, non-equilibrium systems, stochastic processes, molecular dynamics simulations, programming with C.

How to apply

Applications should be made online at Under programme name ‘Mathematical Sciences’.

Please quote reference number: TS/MA/2019.

Funding Notes

This studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or any of the advertised projects prioritised for funding by the School of Science.

The 3-year studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £14,777 (2018 rate) per annum (in line with the standard research council rates) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

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