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EPSRC-funded PhD opportunity in Applied Mathematics

(10 January 2011)

Starting date: October 2011

Topic: Optical control of emulsion drops for nanofluidics and microfabrication

A creative and versatile mathematician is sought with interests in fluid mechanics and elasticity theory. You will be part of a collaborative project of chemists, physicists, engineers and mathematicians seeking to use light to control soft materials in novel and exciting ways. Your part in the project would be to model fluid and particle flows through surfactant modified fluids and to develop a theoretical framework of light-matter interaction.

You will also work with a team of experimentalists to study chemical transport and kinetics of reaction through networks of microscopic pipes with diameters of only a few nanometres. You will write computer programs as well as engage in theoretical formulation of these problems. In addition to developing a broad range of skills in applied mathematics and theoretical soft condensed matter physics, you will learn computational fluid dynamics as well as different simulation techniques to attack flow problems at microscopic and nanoscopic length scales.

This EPSRC-funded studentship for three and a half years will be supervised by Dr. Buddhapriya Chakrabarti in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University and co-supervised by Prof. Colin Bain in the Department of Chemistry and Dr. Gordon Love in the Department of Physics. To express an interest in the studentship or for further information, please contact either Dr. B Chakrabarti, or Prof. CD Bain.

Formal applications must be made via the University electronic application system, and candidates should specify they apply for a PhD in Applied Mathematics within the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Although this is a transdisciplinary project in the remit of the Biophysical Sciences Institute at Durham, it is important to apply via Mathematical Sciences to avoid administrative confusions.

Applications will be considered as they are received.

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