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Sustainable synthesis of nanoparticles in microfluidic devices

   Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Nanotechnology and nanomaterials have greatly impacted the world of science and engineering. The last decades we have witnessed revolutionary developments that unlocked numerous applications in fields like medicine, electronics, aerospace, energy storage and automotive. As a result, nanomaterials market is fast growing and is expected to reach revenue of $16.8B by 2022. For the further development of the market there are barriers that we need to overcome and these have to do with mass production of the nanomaterials and the strict control of their properties. Microfluidics is a promising solution for the sustainable synthesis of NPs and this is the main objective of this PhD program. The project includes initial CFD simulations for the design of a segmented flow microreactor, 3D printing and fabrication, flow experiments, synthesis of different types of NPs (e.g. mesoporous silica based nanoparticles), materials characterisation and preliminary technoeconomic analysis for transition in mass production.

The successful candidate will receive training and will gain knowledge in the fields of rheology, materials characterisation (nanoparticles, drugs, biomaterials), biomedical engineering and microfluidics, aiming to emerge as a well-rounded scientist, capable to work across disciplines. She/he will have also the opportunity and will get the support to develop valuable soft skills as problem solving, time management, creative way of thinking, communication (e.g. presentation skills and technical report writing) which will contribute to the further career progression.

The Department of Chemical Engineering is a world leader in industrially relevant research and teaching in chemical engineering and related subjects. We undertake leading-edge, multidisciplinary and creative research on a wide range of topics and we provide a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding.

Key words: rheology, microfluidics, nanomaterials, biomaterials, sustainability

Entry Requirements

The applicants are expected to have a first or upper second-class degree in Chemical Engineering, chemistry or materials science. 

Application Information

Information about the application process and a link to the online application form can be found at

You MUST make contact with the lead project supervisor before submitting an application.

When completing the application include the name of the lead project supervisor as the potential supervisor.

Enquiries about this project can be sent to Dr Anastasiou - as the lead project supervisor. The Admissions team in Chemical Engineering can be contacted at  with any queries you may have regarding the application process.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder).

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