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PhD Scholarship in Development of Lubricant Additives using Computational Methods

London South Bank University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 17th November 2021
Closes: 31st December 2021

Closing date for applications: 31 December 2021

PhD start date: March/September 2022

Dr Chiara Gattinoni is looking for a PhD student to work in the Department of Chemical and Energy Engineering on Computational Tribology, and in particular the development of lubricant additives using atomistic computational methods such as density functional theory and classical molecular dynamics.

The successful PhD candidate will benefit from the following:

  • 3-year studentships of ~£15,000 per annum living stipend (usually tax free)
  • Payment of all tuition fees
  • Collaboration with experimentalists in other top UK universities (such as Imperial College London)
  • Mentoring from a top researcher in the field of computational tribology       

About LSBU: The School of Engineering at London South Bank University is an ambitious and progressive centre of research strength, ranked 25th nationally for research power in the last Research Excellence Framework. The London South Bank University have a fabulous central London location and are looking for talented potential students interested in research to work with our academic faculty in areas of strength.

The aim of this research project is to understand the behaviour of commonly used lubricant additives, and to propose chemical species with improved performance.

Project Objectives:

  • Understanding how the atomistic properties affect the macroscopic tribological behaviour of the lubricant.
  • This understanding can then be used to develop new and improved lubricant additive chemistry.

Project Impact: This work fills a gap in lubricant additive research, which is generally conducted at the macroscopic level. By understanding the nanoscale behaviour of lubricant additives, we can speed up the discovery of novel and improved formulations.

PhD Outcomes: The outcomes of this project for the PhD candidate are:

  • understand the link between nanoscale and macroscopic lubricant properties
  • learn density functional theory and classical molecular dynamics
  • collaborate with colleagues performing experimental work on the same topic
  • present the findings of the project in international conferences
  • perform high-quality research and publish it as journal articles

This will be a 3-year fully funded studentship.

Supervisory Team: The successful applicant will be working Dr Chiara Gattinoni (https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/people/people-finder/dr-chiara-gattinoni) in the Department of Chemical and Energy Engineering.

Enquiries should be directed to Dr. Gattinoni (gattinoc@lsbu.ac.uk). Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in the project and any previous relevant experience in tribology and/or atomistic simulations of materials.

Requirements: Applicants must be enthusiastic learners and having a strong interest in materials modelling and tribology. They should have (or be expected to gain) either a first-class or an upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent), or an MSc/MRes. A background in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Materials Science is required.

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