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  Flow dynamics of industrially relevant two-phase particle-liquid suspensions
  Prof M Barigou
Application Deadline: 30 November 2019

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We have recently been awarded a large multi-disciplinary EPSRC research programme grant to conduct research on multiscale two-phase particle-liquid flows in various flow systems (e.g.
  Formulation of a novel suspending medium for immobilised culture and tissue processing
  Dr L Grover
Application Deadline: 11 December 2019

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Bone damage following blast or ballistic wounding results in the mechanic destruction and death of tissue at the site of injury. Surgeons debride away the tissue, removing any necrotic regions and this generally enables complete regeneration of the defect.
  Fundamental Studies on Submersible Bead Mills
  Prof M Simmons, Dr F Alberini
Application Deadline: 11 December 2019

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Wet milling is a key production operation used to control particle size distribution (PSD) in high solids content solid/liquid suspensions, or slurries.
  Investigating the effect of nanoscale vibration cues on material surfaces for preventing bacterial adhesion
  Dr P Mendes, Dr T Overton
Applications accepted all year round

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All organisms respond to vibration, and bacteria are no exception. It is well established that external vibration can affect bacterial phenotypes, including surface adhesion, proliferation and virulence.
  Microfluidic manipulation of the properties of soft biocompatible materials via thermophoresis
  Dr D Vigolo
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

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PhD Type

This project aims to exploit an innovative way to locally manipulate the mechanical properties and porosity of a soft material at the micron scale, and thus develop a new class of functionalised materials.
  New Point of Care Diagnostic Technology for Cancer Biomarkers
  Dr P Mendes
Applications accepted all year round

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There is now overwhelming evidence that glycosylation, the process by which sugars are attached to proteins, changes during the development and progression of various malignancies.
  Novel viscosupplementation formulation for treatment of arthritis
  Dr Z Zhang
Applications accepted all year round

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Osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the leading causes of disability. It is common for medical professionals to recommend patients to use viscosupplementation, injection of artificial lubricant into arthritic joints, as a non-surgical intervention, for treatment of early stage arthritis.
  Project Optimal Design of Sustainable Capsules for Targeted Delivery of Actives.
  Prof Z Zhang
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

EPSRC supported EngD Project Optimal Design of Sustainable Capsules for Targeted Delivery of Actives. Supervisor Professor Zhibing Zhang.
  The application of positron emission particle tracking to the study of flow and mixing of solid-liquid systems in industrial stirred vessels
  Prof M Barigou
Application Deadline: 30 November 2019

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PhD Type

The proposed research is concerned with the use of the novel non-invasive technique of Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) to study particle-liquid suspensions in mechanically agitated vessels.
  The development of a fuel cell stack (power generator) for APU applications
  Dr A El-Kharouf, Prof R Steinberger-Wilckens
Application Deadline: 30 September 2019

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PhD Type

This project focuses on the development of a low weight, low volume portable fuel cell device that can be used either as an APU system for small military vehicles or as a power supply for soldiers’ operation.
  Using Tribological Principles to Optimise Grinding Process for the Manufacturing of MFC
  Prof Z Zhang, Prof S Blackburn
Application Deadline: 30 September 2019

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PhD Type

During the manufacturing process of Micro-Fibrillated Cellulose (MFC), grinding media (beads of mm/cm diameter) are used to break down pulp into MFC.
  De novo design of a new generation of catalysts based on rhodium coiled coils
  Dr A Peacock
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

This PhD project will generate a new class of miniature metalloenzymes based on rhodium coiled coils, which bring together the power of enzymatic catalysis, as provided by the coiled coil miniature protein-type scaffold, and small molecule rhodium catalysis.
  Investigating Potential Applications of Functional DNA-based Materials and Sensors
  Prof J Tucker
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project falls into the areas of supramolecular chemistry, chemical biology and DNA nanotechnology and involves the preparation and study of DNA-based materials and sensors.
  Long Period Hydrogel Grating on Optical Fibre for Biosensing
  Dr R Gupta, Dr S. Korposh
Application Deadline: 30 November 2019

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This is a joint project will bring together the expertise of Dr Ruchi Gupta (University of Birmingham, UoB) and Dr Serhiy Korposh (University of Nottingham, UoN) in hydrogel gratings [1] and optical fibres [2] to deliver a sensing platform.
  Near-infra red emitting surfaces for new diagnostic platforms
  Prof Z Pikramenou
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

This PhD project will develop new surfaces for diagnostic devices based on luminescence signal detection. A new approach will be used to make optically surfaces responsive surfaces using near infrared emitting metal complexes.
  Optical Interferometric Biosensor with Lab-on-Chip
  Dr R Gupta
Application Deadline: 30 October 2019

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PhD Type

This project aims to develop an interferometric biosensor integrated with microchip electrophoresis for potential applications in point-of-care diagnostics.
  Responsive Polymer Nanostructures - the Synthesis of Novel Responsive Polymers and their subsequent self-assembly
  Prof R O'Reilly
Applications accepted all year round

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A PhD studentship is available from October 2018 in the group led by Professor Rachel O’Reilly studying the synthesis of novel responsive polymers and their subsequent self-assembly.
  A potential role for Epithelial Mesenchymal Trans differentiation (EMT) in the Pathogenesis of Periodontal Disease
  Prof PR Cooper, Dr M Milward
Applications accepted all year round

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Periodontitis is a ubiquitous chronic inflammatory disease that destroys the supporting structures of teeth; the most common form is chronic periodontitis which if untreated results in the breakdown of soft tissues and bone, ultimately leading to tooth loss.
  Antibiotic Photo Disinfection for Oral health
  Prof PR Cooper, Dr M Milward
Applications accepted all year round

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Oral diseases are the fourth most expensive diseases to treat globally (WHO, 2005), so developing new therapeutic management strategies to address these unmet needs in our population offers considerable public health benefit as well as potential for new product development.
  Cellular responses to radiation curing of resin-composite materials
  Dr R M Shelton, Prof W Palin, Dr P Cooper
Applications accepted all year round

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Ultraviolet and visible light energy is routinely used for crosslinking a multitude of biomaterial applications ranging from hydrogels for tissue engineering and drug delivery, laser activated surgical adhesives to resin-based composite dental restoratives.
  Developing a three-dimensional research model of neutrophil-mediated tissue destruction during inflammation
  Dr J Hirschfeld, Prof I L C Chapple, Dr M Grant
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. The proposed research has the goal to develop a novel 3D model to measure and visualise tissue destruction mediated by migrating neutrophils in vitro.
  Developing novel bioactive restorative materials
  Dr J Camilleri, Dr M Milward, Prof PR Cooper
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

This work will focus on gingival recession and the use of smart dental material in order to mitigate it. Gingival recession is prevalent in the adult population with studies suggesting that approximately 50% of the population has one or more recession defects this increases to 88% in over 65 year olds.
  Establishing a Scientific-Evidence Base for a Paradigm Shift for Regenerative Clinical Dentistry
  Dr J Camilleri
Applications accepted all year round

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Management of diseases to the dental pulp is undertaken clinically using protocols that are historical and have no scientific background.
  Hydrogels for tissue engineering scaffolds containing cells
  Dr R M Shelton
Applications accepted all year round

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The aim of the project is to investigate the potential of various polysaccharide hydrogels for use as tissue engineering scaffold materials to enable cells to be cultured both on and within the material.
  Investigation into the potential of using different delivery systems of cultured oral keratinocytes as a possible treatment for mucosal defects
  Prof PR Cooper, Dr R M Shelton
Applications accepted all year round

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The overall aim of the project is to investigate the possibility of being able to remove a small biopsy of a patients oral mucosa from a suitable site, expand the numbers of keratinocytes in culture, before seeding these cells onto a suitable delivery system and reimplanting into the patient over their mucosal defect.
  Morphological aspects of Lichen Planus
  Prof G Landini
Applications accepted all year round

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Quantitative Pathology investigates problems in pathology using innovative, analytical methods to collect reliable, quantifiable and reproducible markers of disease.
  Nuclear and cell shape characterisation in oral cancer/precancer
  Prof G Landini
Applications accepted all year round

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Quantitative Pathology investigates problems in pathology using innovative, analytical methods to collect reliable, quantifiable and reproducible markers of disease.
  Systematisation of epithelial architecture using mathematical morphology and graph theory
  Prof G Landini
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Quantitative Pathology investigates problems in pathology using innovative, analytical methods to collect reliable, quantifiable and reproducible markers of disease.
  Tissue/cell segmentation in histopathological imagery
  Prof G Landini
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Quantitative Pathology investigates problems in pathology using innovative, analytical methods to collect reliable, quantifiable and reproducible markers of disease.
  Blockchains as a Distributed Ledger for Attribution of RCM Data in Rail (B4CM)
  Dr J Easton, Prof C Roberts
Applications accepted all year round

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Over the past decade there has been a significant level of investment throughout Europe in the digitalisation of the rail network; with sensors installed on the infrastructure and vehicles, the deployment of next generation traffic management systems that allow real-time management of the system, and the provision of mobile applications for passengers and staff.
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