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Project Topics 2018 - Cohort 5

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Associate Professor David Harbottle, Dr Paul Thornton and Dr Thibaut Charpentier ( all University of Leeds) and Dr Helen Sarginson (Croda Europe ltd)
Stabalization of polyaromatic molecules by targeted polymeric dispersants.
Dr Mathew Horrocks and Dr Marc Vendrell (both University of Edinburgh)
Super-resolution microscopy probes for neurodegenerative disorders
Dr John Royer and Professor Wilson Poon (both University of Edinburgh)
Local stresses in Dense Suspensions
Dr John Bothwell (Durham University)
Antibody characterization of complex biological polymers
Professor Lian Hutchings (Durham University)
A Sustainable Approach to Breathe New Life into Living Anionic Polymerization - The Synthesis of Functional Polyterpenes
Dr Sharon Cooper (Durham University)
Improved nanomaterials for heterogeneous catalysis via separation of nucleation and crystal growth processes
Dr Matthew Kitching (Durham University)
Spatial and Temporal Control of Chemical Reactivity through Dynamic Compartmentalization
Dr Jennifer Garden (University of Edinburgh)
New Routes to Catalytically Convert CO2 to Polyurethanes ( contact Dr Jennifer Garden for more information: )
Dr Olivier Cayre, Dr Nicholas Warren and Professor Elwyn Isaac (all University of Leeds)
Using precision polymerization techniques to develop novel carriers for enhanced delivery of bioinsecticides
Dr Rammile Ettelaie and Professor Brent S. Murray (both Umiversity of Leeds) - with Unilever
In silico design of plant-based replacements of animal proteins fro superior colloidal action
Professor Colin Bain (Durham University) and Professor Andrew Bayly (University of Leeds)
Printing of complex fluids
Dr Russell Taylor (Durham University)
Monomers for biodegradable plastics - green production by heterogeneous catalysts
Dr Beth Bromely and Dr Kevin Weatherill (both Durham University)
Enhanced Acoustic Raman Spectroscopy (EARS) of self-organising biomimetic molecules.
Dr Aidan Brown (University of Edinburgh) - with Fixed Phage
Using Viruses to Kill Bacteria.
Profesor Helen Gleeson, Professor Steve Evans and Professor Richard Bushby (all University of Leeds) - with Merck
Novel Liquid Crystal Droplets for Detecting Toxins.
Dr David Head and Dr Lorna Dougan (both University of Leeds)
Determining rational design principles for biopolymer hydrogels.
Dr Paul McGonigal (Durham University)
Manipulating Interactions across Lipid Membranes.
Dr Mamatha Nagaraj and Dr Johan Mattsson (both University of Leeds) - with Merck
Liquid Crystalline Soft Photonic Materials for Multimodal Optics.
Professor Suzanne Fielding (Durham University)
Instability and chaos in complex matter.
Dr Dipa Roy and Professor Vasileios Koutsos (both University of Edinburgh)
Enhancing interlaminar toughness and electrical conductivity in multifunctional composites: Understanding the interface.
Professor Wilson Poon (Univesity of Edinburgh) and Dr Margarita Staykova (Durham University)
Living materials made of bacteria and lipid membranes.
Dr Mike Ries, Dr Peter Hine, Professor Chris Carr and Dr Muriel Rigout (all University of Leeds)
All Cellulose and All Keratin Composites.
Dr Anwesha Sarkar, Dr Rammile Ettelaie, Dr Mel Holmes and Professor Alan Mackie (all University of Leeds)
Kinetics of lipid digestion of Pickering emulsions: Theory and Experimental Approaches.
Dr Gary Sharples and Dr Robert Pal (both Durham University)
Novel phage-encoded disruptors of bacterial cell division.
Dr Margarita Staykova and Dr Kislon Voitchovsky (both Durham University) - with GSK
Mechanics of Skin.
Dr Richard Thompson (Durham University) - with STFC ISIS
Nanoscale surface segregation in flowing polymers.

Project Topics 2017 - Cohort 4

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Dr Oliver Harlen, Dr Daniel Read, Dr Sarah Harris and Dr Paul Beales (all University of Leeds)
Transport of soft nanoparticles through a soft porous matrix.
Dr Rosalind Allen, Dr Simon Titmuss and Dr Alex Lips (all University of Edinburgh)
Bacteria in droplets: microfluidics to formulation.
Dr Kislon Voitchovsky & Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja (both Durham University) - with AkzoNobel
Harnessing Surface roughness and Ionic Effects for Liquid Repellent Surfaces.
Prof Jon Steed (Durham University) - with Ashland
Understanding Lactam-Active Ingredient Co-phases.
Prof Vasileios Koutsos (University of Edinburgh) - with Impact Solutions
Polymer Nanocomposites: tailoring thermomechanical properties.
Dr Paul McGonigal (Durham University)
Synthesis and Materials Properties of Charged, Stimuli Responsive Liquid Crystals.
Dr Fabio Nudelman and Dr Michael Shaver (both University of Edinburgh) - with GSK
Soft Matter Inside Hard Matter.
Dr Natasha Shirshova (Durham University) and Dr Paul Clegg (University of Edinburgh)
Formation of Non-Aqueous High Internal Phase Emulsions.
Dr Margarita Staykova and Professor Colin Bain (both Durham University)
Biomimetic polymeric membranes.
Dr Jun Jie Wu (Durham University) - with Zimmer Biomet
Smart Polymer Processing for Orthopaedic Applications
Dr Budhika Mendis & Dr Chris Groves (both Durham University) - with CPI
Uncovering nano-scale order in complex functional polymers
Dr Elena Simone (University of Leeds) - with Nestle
Application of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) Tools for Monitoring and Real Time Control over Lipid Crystallization under Dynamic Conditions.
Dr Russell Taylor (Durham University) and Dr Michael Shaver (University of Edinburgh)
Monomers for biodegradable plastics - green production by heterogeneous catalysts
Dr Matthew O.Kitching (Durham University)
March of the materials: Molecular Walkers for Dynamic Responsive Polymers.
Dr Paul Clegg (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Mike Evans (University of Leeds)
Organization of colloids on droplet surfaces.
Professor Helen Gleeson, Dr Mamatha Nagaraj and Prof Cliff Jones (all University of Leeds) - with Merck
Liquid Crystals for novel electro-optical applications
Dr Simon Connell, Dr Johan Mattsson and Dr Caroline Orfila (all University of Leeds) - with PepsiCo
Advances analytics for food microstructure determination
Dr Johan Mattsson, Dr Olivier Cayre and Professor Brent Murray (all University of Leeds) - with Nestle
Understanding and controlling the behaviour of concentrated microgel dispersions.
Dr Johan Mattsson and Dr Mike Evans (both University of Leeds) - with Unilever
Micro-rheology of microscopically phase separated hydrogels
Dr Phil Dyer, Dr Simon Beaumont, Professor Lian Hutchings and Dr Richard Thompson (all Durham University)
Functional Polymer Synthesis for Growth and Stabilisation of Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts
Professor Wilson Poon (University of Edinburgh) - with the Leverhulme Research Centre in Forensic Science, University of Dundee
Forensic Soft Matter Science
Dr Job Thijssen and Dr Tiffany Wood (both University of Edinburgh) - with Croda
Complex Formulations Drying on Complex Substrates - How 'Coffee' Dries on Plant Leaves.