Structure formation and functions in hybrid lipid-biopolymer membranes

   Faculty of Environment

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  Dr Amin Sadeghpour Dilmaghani  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The aim of this project is to investigate the structure-related functions of biomimetic lipid-polymer hybrid nanofibre membranes. The nanofibers morphology will be controlled during electrospin processing and by incorporation of lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLC) phases. Namely, bicontinuous cubic phase comprised of intertwined channels network, hexagonal phase with tubular-shaped structures or planar lipid self-assemblies will be incorporated within the polymer fibres. Nanomechanical properties will be investigated by in-situ X-ray scattering, tensile and complementary imaging techniques. The project will then explore interactions of adipocytes and skeletal muscle cells with the nanofibre membranes and their control of cellular growth and patterning. The work will therefore contribute to innovative engineering of functional materials for a wide range of applications, including biomedical scaffolds, implants, coatings and cultured meat products. 

Chemistry (6) Engineering (12) Food Sciences (15) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

Self-funding students are welcome to apply.
UK students – The Leeds Doctoral Scholarship (January deadline) is available to UK applicants. Alumni Bursary is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.
Non-UK students –The China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship is available to nationals of China. The Leeds Marshall Scholarship is available to support US citizens. Alumni Bursary is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.

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