PhD Studentship: Interactions of foam with porous materials

Loughborough University

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the School of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering to start as early as possible (1 October 2016 or 1 January 2017). The project will be based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University.

The Project

The overall aim of the project is to determine and predict the conditions providing the absorption of the desired amount of liquid from foam in a contact with a porous substrate to the porous material. For this purpose, a theory and corresponding computer simulations will be developed of the interaction of foams with porous substrates. The theoretical predictions will be validated against a range of experimental investigation of the process. Understanding of interaction of foams made of both Newtonian and non-Newtonian (polymer-surfactant mixtures) liquids with porous substrates: application of foams onto porous substrates, drainage, capillary suction of the foaming liquid into the porous substrate will allow developing a completely new theory of interaction of foams with porous materials. The developed theory will be applied to both model (filter paper, porous support built up by glass beads) and real (house hold care sponges) porous substrates. This will give a possibility to predict the influence of wetting properties, porosity and pore size distribution inside the porous substrates on the rate of delivery of liquid from foam to the porous substrates.

The developed theory will allow determining and predicting the conditions providing the absorption of desired amounts of liquid from foam in a contact with a porous substrate to the porous material and to remove greasy soil from the porous material without foam collapse.

Funding Eligibility

The studentship is for 3 years and is intended to start in October 2016 or January 2017. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,296 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee.

Applicant Criteria

Students will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering/Physics.  A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in Colloid and Interface Science will be an advantage.

General information about the Department of Chemical Engineering can be found at:

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Anna Trybala or Prof Victor Starov

To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: Online Application

Under programme name, select Chemical Engineering

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Early application is therefore strongly encouraged.

Please quote the following reference when applying: CG-AT-1613

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