|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||It will cover the tuition fee at UK/EU level and provide a PhD stipend (c. £18,000 per annum), as well as generous budget for training.|
|Placed On:||14th June 2019|
|Closes:||14th September 2019|
Human skin is a complex organ of human body with multi-layer tissues and multiple components such as sweat ducts and glands, sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Understanding the tissue specificity of dermal exposure, deposition and absorption underpins a range of important areas in transdermal drug delivery, cosmetic care, safety assurance and protection from pollution. Targeted topical delivery to specific skin tissues plays important roles in human health, e.g. skin ageing, inflammation, allergy, and as route for drug delivery. There has been an increasing research in the overall dermatopharmacokinetics of percutaneous absorption in recent years, but there is very limited understanding on how dermal exposure leads to the uptake by specific tissues. Existing computer models are mostly limited to one-dimension without considering the complex skin tissue specificity.
This work will be based on the latest advancements in multi-scale modelling of transdermal bioavailability at the University of Surrey, in collaboration with Unilever. The existing model will be extended to include complex skin tissues of sweat and sebaceous ducts. Furthermore, computational fluid dynamics will be applied to model microscopic shearing and spreading on complex skin contour under typical dermal exposure conditions. Discrete element method will be used to predict tissue specific dermal deposition of soluble solids, volatiles and particulate matter from either air or skin care vehicles. Published experimental data will be reviewed, analysed and used for model validation. The PhD student will be jointly trained by the University of Surrey and Unilever, with substantial exposure to both fundamental research and industrial research and development.
Applicants should have:
It will cover the tuition fee at UK/EU level and provide a PhD stipend (c. £18,000 per annum), as well as generous budget for training.
How to apply
Formal applications can be made through our Chemical and Process Engineering Research PhD course page: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/chemical-and-process-engineering-research-phd
Applications will be reviewed when received, and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
The application should include:
Closing date for applications
Tao Chen T.Chen@surrey.ac.uk +44 (0)1483 686593
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