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Multiscale Modelling of Colloid-Polymer Systems for Novel Viscoelastic Materials

  • Full or part time

    Dr Britton
  • 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 to undertake multiscale modelling and advanced simulation techniques to study colloid-polymer systems. The project is available starting from the 2016-17 academic year with Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti and Dr Melanie M. Britton in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham.

Supervisors:

Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham (Primary)
Dr Melanie M. Britton, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham (Secondary)

Project description:

Colloid-polymer systems, which offer the scope for tuning inter-particle interactions, are of interests for both fundamental science and formulation engineering. Understanding the fundamentals of colloid-polymer systems holds the key to informed formulation of many consumer products. The questions pertinent to the stability and mechanical properties of these systems are of particular relevance.

This PhD project underpins a research programme that will exploit multiscale modelling and advanced simulation techniques to investigate the structural, dynamical, and viscoelastic properties of these complex multi-component systems. This computational study will rely upon methodological developments that address the challenges posed by the spatial and temporal scales required for these systems. The computational study in the Chakrabarti Group will complement experimental studies undertaken in the Britton Group and these studies will feed into each other.

Person specification:

Applicants must hold or obtain a minimum of a good (>65%) upper second class or higher integrated UK masters (MSci / MChem) degree or equivalent in chemistry / physics / materials science or a related subject. Applicants with a combination of a good UK or equivalent BSc degree followed by an MSc with >60% in all taught elements can also be considered. 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

A scholarship to cover University fees and provide 36 months maintenance at standard RCUK rates (£14,057 for 2015-16 and expected to rise slightly for 2016-17) is provisionally available for applicants who are UK/EU nationals and hold or obtain a minimum of a good (>65%) upper second class or higher integrated UK masters (MSci / MChem) degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related subject. Students with a combination of a good UK or equivalent BSc degree followed by an MSc with >60% in all taught elements will also qualify.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 28.00

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