PhD Studentship - Dispersion of fine powders in liquids

Loughborough University

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to start in October 2016. The project will be based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University.

This project will aim to investigate the incorporation and deagglomeration of fine powders (including nanoparticles) in a liquid medium with the ultimate objective of producing industrially relevant design and scale up guidelines. Both processes are an integral part of the production processes of a wide range of products in the pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, personal care, lubricants, paints, inks and coatings.

The performance of industrially relevant process devices, in particular rotor-stators, will be studied at different scales of operation varying from 10’s to 100’s of litres. The investigation will include a study of the flow and power characteristics of at least one type of in-line rotor-stator operated at two scales. The importance of operating conditions in particular power input as well as material properties such as hydrophobicity, powder concentration and dispersion rheology on incorporation will be studied. Mechanisms and kinetics of break up will be another strand of the programme which will include a study of the effect of power input and residence time as well as material properties such as particle concentration and dispersion rheology.  Where appropriate, numerical modelling will be performed under selected conditions.

The studentship is for 3 years and is intended to start in October or January 2016. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,121 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The funding is restricted to UK/EU candidates.

Students will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline with preferably industrial experience. A relevant Master’s degree 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 Gül Özcan-Taşkın

To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: Under programme name select ‘Chemical Engineering’ 

Please quote the following reference when applying: CG-GOT-1612b

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