The Effects Of Shear and Pressure On Novel Surfactant Self-Assembly In Non-Aqueous Media

University of Bristol - School of Chemistry

The project:

Industry-funded PhD in Colloid and Interface Science in the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

Bristol Supervisor: Prof. Julian Eastoe Infineum supervisor: Prof. Peter Dowding

The aim of the PhD is to relate the self-assembly of surfactants in non-aqueous solvents to adsorption properties at solid-liquid interfaces, and ultimately how these properties influence friction of surfaces. The programme builds on the extensive experience at Bristol in developing surfactant systems with tailored self-assembly. Families of model surfactants with systematic variation in structure will be utilised and the self-assembly studied in non-aqueous solvents. Phase behaviour studies, interfacial tensiometry and small-angle neutron scattering and neutron reflection at both Rutherford Appleton Laboratories (Didcot, UK https://www.isis.stfc.ac.uk/Pages/home.aspx) and Institute Laue Langevin (Grenoble, France https://www.ill.eu/) will be utilised. Other facilities external to Bristol will be used at Infineum (Abingdon, UK).

This PhD links strongly with other Infineum PhD programmes: experimental tribometery (Cambridge), computer simulation (Edinburgh) and model polymer synthesis (Warwick), and cross-university collaborations will be developed.

Interested and suitably qualified candidates should make informal contact at with Professor Julian Eastoe Julian.eastoe@bris.ac.uk (http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5706-8792) before 01 December 2017. The intended start date for the project is 08 Jan 2018, but there is flexibility. After contacting Professor Eastoe, you may be invited to make a formal application by sending a 2-page CV and covering letter explaining why you want to join this PhD program, and then additionally applying using the University of Bristol on-line application system.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply. Please select <Chemistry PhD> on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

Candidate requirements: An upper second-class honours degree (eg MChem, MSci) or equivalent. Applicants with a lower second-class honours degree (eg MChem, MSci) or an upper second-class honours BSc degree may be admitted if they can demonstrate good potential for research.

Funding: 3.5 years Industry funding

Contacts: Professor Julian Eastoe (julian.eastoe@bristol.ac.uk)

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PhD

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South West England