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An Investigation into Droplet Splashing and Levitation Phenomena in Multiphase Systems


Opens:22 November 2017

With this project, we propose an investigation into a variety of dynamics and effects produced by the interaction of a droplet or a group of droplets with a solid or liquid surface. Related technological applications abound in the fields of thermal, mechanical and chemical engineering.

Fee status

EU, International, Home (Scottish)

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

High Resolution Methods for Assessment of Heat loss From Plants and Arrays of Buildings


Opens:19 December 2017

With this project, we propose an investigation into a variety of dynamics and effects produced by the interaction of an array of buildings (or a set of heat sources in an industrial plant or in a power plant) with a cross flow (horizontal wind).

Fee status

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Protein Crystals and Pharmaceutical Processes: A Fluid-dynamic Approach to Macromolecular Crystal Engineering


Opens:18 September 2018

The relevance of self-organization, pattern formation and non-equilibrium behaviour in a wide range of problems, related to macromolecular crystal engineering and typical pharmaceutical processes for the production of drugs and medicines, calls for a concerted approach using the tools of statistical physics

Fee status

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

PhD Fine and ultra-fine particles in air: electromagnetic and low temperature plasma decontamination


Opens:1 June 2017

A three year PhD project offered by the High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Research Group, focused on the development of advanced impulsive non-thermal plasma systems for air cleaning and aerosol decontamination operations.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

PhD Non-thermal transient plasma discharges for environmental applications


Opens:1 June 2017

A three year PhD investigating the efficiency of transient non-thermal plasma discharges for different environmental applications is offered by the High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Research group within the Institute for Energy & Environment.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Expanding Measurement Limits of Fibre-Optic Voltage and Current Sensors for Smart Grid Applications


Opens:11 September 2019

A 36-month full-time, fully funded Strathclyde/NPL/Synaptec PhD Studentship with the aim to investigate a range of electrical, mechanical, photonic and materials science aspects of hybrid fibre-optic voltage and current sensors in order to drive the limits of their measurement performance in smart grid applications.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, Home (Scottish)

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Stipend, Home fee, Travel costs

Advanced BioMaterials for Construction and Civil Engineering


Opens:6 September 2017

This PhD will explore how bacterially generated materials can be modified by incorporation of polymers and nanoparticles to enhance their mechanical properties. In this way, bacterially generated materials could be modified for specific tasks, such as earthquake and weather resistance.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences, Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

bio-deterioration of concrete and conservation of architectural heritage


Opens:18 October 2017

Bio-deterioration of concrete strongly affects much of our built heritage and is particularly notable in wet territories like the UK or South East Asia. How to effectively solve bio-deterioration of concrete sculptures and buildings is an environmental, societal and scientific challenge.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Formation of Hydraulic and Chemical Ground Barriers to Inhibit Contaminant Migration on Radioactively Contaminated Sites


Deadline:31 December 2019 Opens:16 October 2019

This 4-year PhD at the University of Strathclyde will explore the use of colloidal silica hydrogel as a barrier to migration of radioactive contaminants in soils during decommissioning operations on nuclear facilities.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Stipend, Home fee

Formation of Hydraulic and Chemical Ground Barriers to Inhibit Contaminant Migration on Radioactively Contaminated Sites


Deadline:31 December 2019 Opens:15 October 2019

This 4-year PhD at the University of Strathclyde will explore the use of colloidal silica hydrogel as a barrier to migration of radioactive contaminants in soils during decommissioning operations on nuclear facilities.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Stipend, Home fee

Development hot edge detection system for live evaluation of shape of large forged components


Deadline:30 December 2019 Opens:9 August 2019

Working with the AFRC's Tier 1 members forging can create components that are stronger than those manufactured by any other metalworking processes. The manufacturing of high-integrity parts for critical applications brings important challenges and one of the main aims of this industry doctorate is to bridge this gap.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, Home (Scottish)

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Stipend, Home fee

Automation of metallographic microstructural analysis to support deployment of automated image analysis


Deadline:30 December 2019 Opens:9 August 2019

Working with the AFRC's Tier 1 members, the aim of the proposed doctorate is to develop the image analysis tool that could be intelligent enough to fulfill the requirements from both academia and industry sectors.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, Home (Scottish)

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Stipend, Home fee

Biodegradable plastic composites from renewable or waste sources


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will identify promising biodegradable polymers and filler particles that can be obtained from renewable or waste streams. Computer simulations will be used to design biodegradable polymer composites to replace non-biodegradable plastics in applications using oil-based polymers.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Control of organic gels for tailored applications


Opens:29 January 2019

The application of gel materials is linked to their unique characteristics, which can be manipulated through control of the synthetic procedure used; by further understanding the underpinning science of gel formation, these materials can be extended to new frontiers.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Finite temperature superfluid turbulence flow-structure interactions via immersed boundary methods


Opens:29 January 2019

The research is a co-operation with researchers at California Institute of Technology, and will pioneer superfluid flow-structure interactions with are of key importance in technological and astronomical applications.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Stipend, Home fee

Investigating secondary nucleation at the microscale using optical tweezing


Opens:29 January 2019

Secondary nucleation of crystals using a ‘seed’ crystal is poorly understood phenomenon in pharmaceutical manufacturing. This project is a novel investigation of how microscopic mechanical disturbance of the seed promotes secondary nucleation, using a particle manipulated with an optical tweezer.

Fee status

EU, Home (Scottish)

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Stipend, Home fee

Designing colloidal films and membranes with complex interactions


Opens:29 January 2019

Many applications rely on structured films and membranes, such as selective filters, adsorbents, and biological systems. The project will use computer modelling to analyse how particles with complex interactions aggregate to form films with complex structure and complex time-evolution.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Inhibiting amyloid development using natural compounds: a molecular dynamics study


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will utilise molecular dynamics simulation, exploiting the ARCHIE_WeSt supercomputer at Strathclyde to understand how the inhibitors interact with protein aggregates; how they interfere with the nucleation and growth pathway of the fibrils, and if aggregation can be reversed.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Investigation of pharmaceutical crystallisation using small angle x-ray scattering


Opens:29 January 2019

The project will focus on the applications of latest Small-angle X-ray scattering system in CMAC (EPSRC Centre of excellence in continuous manufacturing and crystallisation) to provide mechanistic understanding of interparticle interaction in dense system under repulsive or attractive interactions.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of a spatially resolved spectroscopy probe for application in pharmaceutical drying processes


Opens:29 January 2019

In this project, the student will be involved in an industrial funded project to develop and use spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) and spatially resolved diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (SR-DRS) for obtaining insight into sub-surface powder drying behaviour.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Modelling the effect of the electric double layer on electron transfer kinetics


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will combine recent theories for the influence of charge correlations on the structure of the electric double layer with a simple quantum description of charge transfer to to develop a new model for electrochemical reactions.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Developing a multiscale description of complex fluids from the molecular to the continuum scales


Opens:29 January 2019

This ambitious project attempts to build a single, unified description of complex fluids that incorporates molecular-level detail but can be applied on a wide range of length and time scales that extends to the continuum scale.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Modelling the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks for continuous manufacture


Opens:29 January 2019

The project aims to develop new models for predicting the performance of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) in adsorption applications and in computational design of nanoporous silica materials, as well as obtaining experimental insight into the synthesis of MOFs.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Improved Water Treatment via Densification of Flocs


Opens:29 January 2019

This modelling and simulation study will investigate the processes by which an aggregate or floc within a solid-liquid wastewater suspension densifies (i.e. becomes more compact) as the suspension is subjected to shear, such densification facilitating the wastewater treatment separation process.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Nucleation of organic crystals in flows


Opens:29 January 2019

This project investigates how crystals nucleate and how fluid flows can be used to influence crystallisation, using cutting edge experimental facilities, including high speed high resolution imaging, Brownian microscopy, static and dynamic light scattering and small angle X-ray scattering.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of learner autonomy in student-centred learning environments in engineering


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will investigate behavioural and performance characteristics of students when working in Problem-Based and Enquiry-based learning activities in order to elucidate the link between the use of these approaches and the development of learner’s autonomy.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Investigating the relationship between human responses and major safety incidents in the process industries


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will investigate the relationship between human responses and major safety incidents in the process industries, in particular in the oil and gas industry, and the context in which these occur (e.g. company safety culture, Process Safety Management Systems).

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Mapping sustainable biomass heating pathways for heat decarbonisation


Opens:29 January 2019

This project aims to develop sustainable, integrated and efficient approaches to biomass heating amidst barriers, opportunities and uncertainties. The different pathways and contributions to heat decarbonisation will be examined using systems thinking approach and life cycle sustainable assessment framework.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Stipend, Home fee

Optimising organic feedstock properties for thermal applications


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will utilise modelling and experimental tools to understand dewatering and drying characteristics of various organic wastes. This project will lead to the development of novel drying technologies for organic feedstocks and thermal applications.

Fee status

EU, Rest of UK, International, Home (Scottish), The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Stipend, Home fee

In silico design of high-affinity recombinant antibodies


Deadline:30 November 2019 Opens:10 April 2019

We aim to produce high affinity antibodies for therapeutics in an efficient and effective manner. We will develop a computational workflow to design highly specific antibodies, then test the designs experimentally to yield a technological product for our industrial partner.

Fee status

Rest of UK, Home (Scottish)

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Stipend, Home fee