MPhil/PhD Scholarship: Competition at the Interface of Hard vs Soft Colloids in Complex Liquids

University of Greenwich - Faculty of Engineering and Science


This PhD project - in collaboration with Unilever - focuses on the interface between soft matter and polymers in the presence of complex surfactant systems. The aims of the project are to identify and explore the key surface characteristics and polymer properties which impact on this interaction. Understanding the behaviour of these soft colloids / polymer becomes much more challenging when an element of competition is introduced, whether that be from the solvent composition, prevailing salt/pH conditions or the presence of hard colloids (particles).

The project will focus on NMR methodology, in particular, solvent relaxation, pulsed-gradient spin-echo NMR (PGSE-NMR) and electrophoretic NMR, to derive a detailed understanding of the interactions between and impact from the differing species at interfaces. These studies will be supplemented by small-angle neutron scattering experiments.

The successful candidate will join a team of comprising MSc, PhD students and postdocs with broad interests, a group that collaborates extensively with industry, and work as a closely knit unit.

For further information please contact the supervisor:  Professor Peter Griffiths (

Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance):

Year 1:  £14,553

Year 2:  In line with RCUK rate        

Year 3: In line with RCUK rate

In addition, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,195, for the duration of their scholarship. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee, currently £8,305, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase. Scholarships are available for three years from the date scholars first register as an MPhil/PhD student with the university. Scholarships are available for full-time study only and applicants must meet the programme entry requirements. 

For additional information about the scholarship and links to the application form please click the 'apply' button below. 

Please read this information before making an application. Applications need to be made online via   No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information.  Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.

  • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
  • a CV including 2 referees *
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on 30th August 2017.

The scholarship must commence before 30th November 2017.

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