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Use of tailored hydrodynamic conditions to trigger reactions by drop coalescence in microfluidic devices.


Project Description

UK/EU PhD Student Opportunities in the Particle and Multiphase Processing Group
School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK
Group Leader Professor Mark Simmons

We seek applicants for three PhD positions in our research group which has a reputation for carrying out internationally leading research in a highly supportive training environment. Two projects are linked to the newly awarded £6.3M EPSRC Programme Grant PREMIERE, joint with Imperial College, University College London and the Alan Turing Institute. Through this project, we will create the next generation of models for multiphase flow systems which for these two PhD projects tackle challenges in the fast moving consumer goods and healthcare respectively.

Project 1

The aims of this project are to carry out a study of the functionality of microfluidic devices to enable generation of an optimised design for controlled coalescence and chemical reaction of two drops at a prescribed point in the outlet channel. The focus of this work will be on controlling gelation reactions which can be used to encapsulate components or phases for controlled release, including for example drugs and fragrances. Through our partners at Imperial College we will build in parallel predictive models for the selected reactions relating the outcome to the control parameters.

Funding Notes

Funding is available for three years for UK or EU applicants with a good undergraduate degree (2i or above) in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline.
Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Mark Simmons

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 32.50

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