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Fully-Funded Doctoral Studentship: Evaporating Sessile Droplets: Internal Flow and Pattern Formation

Durham University - Department of Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Durham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum (based on 2018/2019 stipend)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th July 2019
Closes: 1st October 2019

Funding for: UK/EU Students

Funding amount: £14,777 per annum (based on 2018/2019 stipend)

Duration: 3 years and 6 months

Supervisors: Dr S. Veremieiev and Prof P.H. Gaskell

Durham University is seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals interested in pursuing a PhD programme of study as part of a broad ranging and exciting EPSRC funded collaborative research venture entitled “Evaporative drying of droplets and the formation of micro-structured and functional particles and films”. This £2.2M project brings together the universities of Bristol, Durham and Leeds and 12 companies comprising both multinationals and small to medium enterprises to address a number of crucially important, interrelated topics.

Project Description

The evaporation of droplets residing on a solid surface perform an essential role across a wide range of industrial processes and end-user applications: from ink-jet manufacturing to crop protection; from spray drying to encapsulation; from nebulisers to organic electronics. In general, the liquids involved are complex formulations containing active ingredients, binders, dispersants, adjuvants, polymers, etc. The function of the deposit left behind following evaporation depends critically on the morphology, distribution and phase of these components, yet the route to their formation remains poorly understood. There are many reasons as to why: they may be very far from equilibrium; mass, momentum and heat transfer are strongly coupled; interactions between droplets lead to asymmetric drying or coalescence; droplets are typically small (10–200 μm diameter) and timescales short (<< 1s to a few minutes). The focus will be the development of a high-fidelity, three-dimensional, deterministic continuum model for use in predicting the underlying behaviour associated with the drying of droplets. The over-arching goal is a model capable of explaining what is observed in practise. The holder of the studentship will join a vibrant, multidisciplinary research team comprised of engineers, chemists, mathematicians and physicists working alongside industrial experts, offering an exciting and extensive research training opportunity whatever the career aspirations of the successful applicant might be. More specifically, the project will provide specialist training in both the use and development of state-of-the-art numerical, modelling and CFD methods, all of which represent an attractive and widely transferable skill set.

We are interested to hear from graduates in engineering (chemical, mechanical, process), mathematics, physics, computer science and related subjects, with a keen interest in becoming part of the above project and holding, or due to graduate with 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent). As well as having excellent communication skills, written and verbal, experience of one or more of the following topics would be advantageous: fluid mechanics, mathematical modelling, numerical methods, computer programming, high-performance computing, CFD.

General enquiries should be made to Dr S. Veremieiev ( or Prof P.H. Gaskell (, including requests for further information. Applications can be made directly on line, designated for the attention of Dr S. Veremieiev, at:

Closing Date for Applications: 01/10/2019

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