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 and Institute Laue Langevin (Grenoble, France 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 ( 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 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 (

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