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Programmable Self-Assembly of Colloidal Matter

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship on a project seeking programmable self-assembly of colloidal matter. The project is available starting from the 2016-17 academic year with Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham.

Supervisor:

Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham

Project description:

Self-assembly of colloidal building blocks has enormous potential as a means of structure fabrication because of the scope for tuning their interactions. This bottom-up strategy has received a great boost from an unprecedented growth in the synthesis of microparticles over the last decade, offering an exotic variety of colloidal building blocks different in terms of shape, composition, pattern, and functionality. However, design rules for engineering their assembly into target structures are rather limited.

A PhD studentship is available on a project themed on seeking rational design of colloidal building blocks for their programmed assembly into functional materials. To this end the successful applicant will develop, adapt, and apply computational methods. A key element of the computational approach will be to map and analyse the free energy landscape for the system of interest in close connection with contemporary experimental research and study the dynamics of self-assembly. The Computational Materials Research Group led by Dr Chakrabarti maintains active collaboration with a number of research groups in Europe and North America.

Person specification:

Applicants must have a Masters in chemistry/physics/materials science or in a related discipline at the upper second class level, the normal requirement being at least 65% overall degree mark, and an interest in theoretical and computational studies. Programming experience is desirable, but not essential.

How to apply:

For further details on the project and informal enquiry please visit http://www.stchem.bham.ac.uk/~dchakrabarti/ and contact Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti at . For general information on Chemistry PhD at the University of Birmingham, please visit http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/research/chemistry/chemistry-phd.aspx

Apply online at https://pga.bham.ac.uk/lpages/EPS006.htm.

Application deadline:

Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration for admission into the PhD programme for the 2016-17 academic year.

Funding Notes

This PhD studentship is fully funded for home (UK/EU) students covering tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and providing an annual stipend at the standard rate for three years.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 28.00

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