Postgraduate Research Opportunity: Characterising Nanoparticle Dispersions

University of Leeds

Value: Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18). Funding duration is 3 years. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.

Project description

Engineered nanoparticles are increasingly being used to enhance the performance of the next generation of products. One of the important properties that may define the success of a nanoparticle system is the dispersion, i.e. the extent to which the nanoparticles agglomerate or cluster together in the product.

The goal of this project is to measure and understand nanoparticle dispersion in products. The project will utilize advanced characterisation techniques – including the recently installed FEI Titan transmission electron microscope and FEI Helios G4 DualBeam focused ion beam scanning electron microscope. The use of this instrumentation will permit imaging and nanoscale chemical analysis of nanoparticles frozen in relevant suspensions, in 2D (TEM) and 3D (FIB-SEM). This representative sample preparation and analysis, in conjunction with correlation to larger length scales and to bulk metrics, will permit measurement and lead to understanding of nanoparticle dispersion under representative conditions.

Research in the project fits within the School of Chemical and Process Engineering’s expertise in Advanced Engineering Materials, and specifically within the Electron Microscopy and Nanoscale Characterisation research group (comprising 3 academics, 5 research and technical staff, and 8 PhD students). Related subjects: Chemical Engineering; Materials Science; Nanotechnology; Chemistry; Physics; Data Analysis

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'Characterising Nanoparticle Dispersions’ as well as Dr Nicole Hondow as your proposed supervisor. In the funding section, please state "EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership" as your sponsor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office

e: phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000

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PhD

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Northern England