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Studying interfacial particulate films for developing inorganic microcapsules

   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Dr O Cayre  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Our collaborative team between the Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge and Leeds has recently been granted funding from the UK research council, EPSRC, for a project entitled Novel microcapsule designs and manufacturing processes. In Leeds, we are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated PhD student to work in collaboration with the post-doctoral research assistant employed on this project to develop fundamental understanding of some of the colloidal systems developed as part of this project.

The PhD studentship is fully funded (2/3 by our industrial partner, Givaudan, and 1/3 by the University of Leeds) and will involve close collaboration with Givaudan.

The PhD project will specifically look to further our fundamental understanding of interfacial films used to stabilise emulsions, themselves precursors for microcapsules. These interfacial films will initially be made from a combination of inorganic nanoparticles and polymers and we will study the adsorption of the nanoparticles and polymers at interfaces and the subsequent formation of the interfacial films. We will also study the properties of the films at the interface, including their elasticity, their adsorption strength and their rheological properties. We will then use this knowledge to develop improved interfacial films and to use them for stabilising emulsions.

Funding Notes

A highly competitive School of Chemical & Process Engineering Studentship in partnership with Givaudan, consisting of the award of fees with a maintenance grant of £15,609 in session 2021/22 for 3.5 years.
This opportunity is open to all applicants.  All candidates will be placed into the School of Chemical & Process Engineering/Givaudin Studentship Competition and selection is based on academic merit.
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