Postgraduate research opportunities Active sticky particles


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  • Opens: Friday 3 February 2023
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 3 years


Exploration by computer simulation of the role of interactions between active particles such as nanomotors, driven colloids, algae, bacteria.
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Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research.

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Project Details

Active particles are a class of material that has been studied in detail in the past decade, in a wide range of contexts from the transport and collective behaviour of bacteria and algae to nanoengineering with artificial driven nanoparticles and colloids.

What is less well known is how the behaviour of systems of active particles is affected by interactions between the particles. Bacteria and algae are known to exhibit complex collective behaviour, but even the basic rules of how simple (attractive, repulsive) interactions change the phase behaviour, aggregation and gelation of simple colloids and particulates is not well understood.

We will use computer simulations to study how activity and interaction combine to generate novel material structures and kinetics that may be of use for example in building nanostructures, microstructured solids, complex-structured films and membranes, and so on.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

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Dr Mark Haw

Senior Lecturer
Chemical and Process Engineering

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Number of places: 1

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Chemical and Process Engineering

Programme: Chemical and Process Engineering

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

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