I am interested in how we can combine soft responsive materials, such as thermoresponsive hydrogels, with active flow driving components, to create smart microscale systems, such as shape-shifting microscale robots.
PhD projects with me typically involve a mixture of asymptotic analysis and scientific programming, using methods such as the Boundary Element Method for Stokes flows. This is usually with bespoke code written in Matlab or Python. You will likely be working with experimentalists on real experimental data, so there will also be some data/image analysis.
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