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PhD Studentship - Understanding Structure-property Relationships in Non-newtonian Fluids

The University of Manchester

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th May 2019
Closes: 10th August 2019

Supervisors: Professor Christopher Hardacre

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD studentship to be conducted in the School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science in the University of Manchester and the UK’s neutron facility (ISIS) based in Oxfordshire. This post is part of a large collaborative project involving the University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, ISIS and Unilever and aims to develop an understanding of non-Newtonian fluids used in formulated home and personal care products. By combining theoretical and experimental methods, the project will obtain an understanding of the relationship between the process history of the materials and their structure-property relationships. Further details about the project can be found at

The PhD position available at Manchester/ISIS will use neutron and X-ray scattering methods to probe the structure of the complex fluids with atomic and molecular resolution as a function of composition, stress and temperature. This structure will be correlated with rheological data obtained on the pure components and mixtures thereof. The researcher will work within a multidisciplinary team involving academics and industrialists undertaking modelling and process analytics to fully understand the interactions and effect of processing these materials.

Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

The School is committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote women in science and engineering. The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

UK/EU students only

Funding covers tuition fees and annual maintenance payments as per standard RCUK stipend (typically at least £14,777)

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Chris Hardacre at

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