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PhD Studentship - Mathematical modelling studies of rhythmic hydrogels for medical applications

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    Dr K Novakovic
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
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Project Description

Number of awards:


Start date and duration:

January 2018 for 3 years.

Application closing date:

Prompt application is advised as this position is only available until a suitable candidate is found.


Hydrogels are three dimensional macromolecular networks of crosslinked polymer chains which are capable of retaining large amounts of water due to the hydrophilic functional groups which they contain. This makes them ideal candidates for applications such as drug delivery, wound dressings and tissue engineering due to their similarity to organic tissue. The main aim of this project is the development of mathematical models of these materials that can be used to depict their behaviour, response to environment and cargo content (e.g. drug loading).

A particular task is modelling of a novel ground-breaking class of responsive hydrogels that the Novakovic group is developing as part of the EPSRC funded project Personalised Pulsatile Materials. The development of predictive physico-chemical models is aimed at aiding further experimental design of materials tailored to specific healthcare applications.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ( EPSRC (DTA)

Name of supervisor(s):

Dr Katarina Novakovic (, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Eligibility Criteria:

You should have an upper-second-class Honours degree or higher or international equivalent, in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Materials or a related subject.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants. In the case of outstanding international candidates it may be possible that the University will make an award to cover the difference in tuition fees. If English is not your first language, you should have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

You must also have the potential for performing original research.

How to apply:

If you are interested in the above project and meet the criteria you should send a CV., covering letter plus two references to [Email Address Removed]

The successful applicant will then be asked to apply for University admission using the University’s online postgraduate application form ( Unsuccessful applications will not receive an acknowledgement.

Insert the program code 8030F in the program of study section
Select ‘PhD in Chemical Engineering (FT) - Chemical Engineering’ as the programme of study
Insert the studentship code ENG005 in the studentship/partnership reference
Attach a covering letter and C.V. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG005 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Funding Notes

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,553 (2017/18). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

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