PhD Studentship in Mathematical Sciences - Modelling Flow and Crystallisation in Polymers

University of Nottingham - Mathematical Sciences

Location: University Park

Supervised by Dr Richard Graham

This project will be based at the University of Nottingham in the School of Mathematical Sciences and the School of Chemistry.

Polymers are very long chain molecules and many of their unique properties depend upon their long chain nature. Like simple fluids many polymer fluids crystallise when cooled. However, the crystallisation process is complicated by the way the constituent chains are connected, leading to a multitude of unexplained phenomena. Furthermore, if a polymer fluid is placed under flow, this strongly affects both the ease with which the polymer crystallises and the arrangement of the polymer chains within the resulting crystal. This project will develop molecular models and simulations for polymer dynamics and phase transitions using a range of analytical, numerical and stochastic techniques, with the ultimate aim of improving our understanding of polymer crystallisation.

This studentship will support the EPSRC funded Design by Science project "Flow induced crystallisation in polymers: from molecules to processing". This major project on the molecular understanding of polymer crystallization involves the Universities of Nottingham, Leeds and Bradford, along with multinational industrial partners Dow, SCG and Autodesk.

Summary: UK/EU students - Tuition Fees paid, and full Stipend at the RCUK rate, which is £14,296 per annum for 2016/17. There will also be some support available for you to claim for limited conference attendance. The scholarship length will be 3 or 3.5, depending on the qualifications and training needs of the successful applicant.

This scholarship can be extended to cover full international fees. Interested full international students must apply by 15th January 2017, at the latest.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements: We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Mathematics (or other highly mathematical field such as Physics or Chemistry), preferably at MMath/MSc level, or an equivalent overseas degree (in exceptional circumstances a 2:1 class degree, or equivalent, can be considered).

Apply: This studentship is available to start from September 2017 and remain open until it is filled. To apply please visit the University Of Nottingham application page:

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This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

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