|Salary:||£37,099 per annum (pro-rata) (Grade 7)|
|Placed On:||28th September 2023|
|Closes:||25th October 2023|
Contract type: Fixed term until 31st of August 2024
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to work within a US Army Research Office funded project on developing models for the evolution of microstructure during reaction-induced phase separation.
Reaction-induced phase separation (RIPS) has been exploited for decades as a mechanism for producing network polymers toughened by thermoplastics, such as epoxies modified with high molecular weight engineering thermoplastics. This project seeks to predict a priori, using computational simulations, the phase behaviour in these materials as they cure from their initial state. In contrast to the more comprehensively studied temperature-induced phase separation (TIPS), RIPS occurs at a constant temperature and thus involves a continuous change in miscibility. Consequently, a blend phase separating in this way experiences a complex pathway through the phase diagram, which impacts upon the microstructure evolution.
You will develop methods to quantitatively predict the thermodynamics and phase separation kinetics during RIPS when the thermoplastic is also able to react into the growing network. You will adapt the bond fluctuation model, a coarse-grained lattice-based Monte Carlo technique, to simulate the equilibrium behaviour of mixtures of branched molecules. You will develop dynamic Monte Carlo methods to predict the evolution of nanoscale structures. Theoretical studies will be complemented by a parallel experimental program which will provide data for both parametrization and testing of the models.
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The Faculty of Science is committed to building outstanding teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience. We are open to exploring flexible delivery of the role, subject to business needs. There is scope to discuss this prior to formal interview along with any other accommodation you may need to fulfil your full potential and drive excellence in the role. We particularly welcome applications from currently underrepresented groups including women, people with disabilities and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.
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