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Project Topics 2021 - Cohort 8

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The following is a list of the projects that we anticipate being available. In the unlikely event that a project becomes unavailable it may be necessary to withdraw it from the list.

Prof Rosalind Allen and Dr Simon Titmuss (both University of Edinburgh)

Applying the principles of soft matter formulation to aid the search for new antibiotics

Dr Anders Aufderhorst-Roberts, Dr Kislon Voïtchovsky and Prof Ehmke Pohl (All Durham University)

Unpicking the Cellular Safety Belt: Structure-Mechanics Relations in Cytoskeletal Intermediate Filament Bundle Networks

Prof Steven Cobb and Dr Clare Mahon (both Durham University)

Synthesis of tunable and selectively degradable bis-phenol polymers

Dr Matteo Degiacomi and Dr Chris Willcocks (both Durham University)

Machine learning for biomolecular assembly

Prof Lorna Dougan and Dr David Head (both University of Leeds)

Hierarchical biomechanics: towards a cross lengthscale understanding of folded protein-based hydrogels

Prof Halim Kusumaatmaja and Prof Kislon Voitchovsky (both Durham University) with P&G

Ternary Dewetting: The Flow Physics of Cleaning using Limited Resources

Dr Clare Mahon (Durham University) with P&G

Biodegradable polymers for environmentally-friendly fabric care formulations

Dr Paul McGonigal (Durham University)

Synthetic Polymer Networks with Dynamic Topologies

Prof Glen McHale, Dr Gary Wells and Dr Rodrigo Ledesma-Aguilar (all University of Edinburgh)

Wetting of Metamaterial Surfaces

Dr Davide Michieletto and Prof Paul Clegg (both University of Edinburgh) with Biogelx

DNA-peptide hydrogel hybrids with continuously time-varying rheology

Dr Chris Prior and Dr Matteo Degiacomi (both Durham University) with Diamond Light Source

Developing statistical, topological and geometrical techniques for ab-initio protein structure prediction

Prof Daniel Read, Dr Johan Mattson and Dr Costas Velis (all University of Leeds) with Dow

The molecular science of recycling plastics

Dr Mike E Ries, Dr Peter J Hine, Prof Chris Carr and Dr Muriel Rigout (all University of Leeds)

Materials from Nature

Dr John Royer and Dr Chris Ness (both University of Edinburgh)

Dense polydisperse suspensions – a matter of complexity

Prof Anwesha Sarkar, Dr Simon Connell and Prof Brent Murray (all University of Leeds) with PepsiCo

Nanomechanical properties of biocompatible particles: from bulk to interface

Prof Margarita Staykova, Dr Gary Sharples, Prof Tiago Moreira (all Durham University) and Prof Wilson Poon (University of Edinburgh)

Synthetic symbiosomes for living materials

Prof Jon Steed and Dr Sharon Cooper (both Durham University)

Universal platform for crystal polymorph discovery

Prof Jon Steed, Prof Mark Wilson and Dr Clare Mahon (all Durham University) with AstraZeneca

Understanding PROTACS (PROteolysis TArgeting Chimeras) as a new modality

Dr James Walton and Dr Clare Mahon (both Durham University)

pH-Responsive Micelles for Controlled Enzyme Inhibitor Release

Project Topics 2020 - Cohort 7

Dr Mike E Ries, Dr Peter J Hine, Prof Chris Carr and Dr Muriel Rigout (all University of Leeds)

Materials from Nature

Professor Daniel Read, Dr Johan Mattsson and Dr Costas Velis (all University of Leeds) – with Dow

Material evolution during repeated recycling of plastics

Professor Simon Connell and Dr Peter Adams (both University of Leeds)

Nanotechnology of fluorescent proteins in a lipid/polymer matrix: soft thin film materials for artificial photosynthesis

Dr Clare Mahon and Dr Richard Thompson (both Durham University)

Synthesis of well-defined biodegradable polymers and study of their materials properties

Professor Ed Llewellin and Dr Fabian Wadsworth (both Durham University) – with Rolls Royce

Volcanic ash in jet engines – bouncing, sticking, and spreading of molten glass droplets

Dr Jennifer Garden (University of Edinburgh) with Croda

Environmentally degradable soft/hard block copolymers

Dr Chris Prior (Durham University)

Developing statistical, topological and geometrical techniques for ab-initio protein structure prediction

Dr Davide Michieletto and Professor Alexander Morozov (both University of Edinburgh) – with Tilibit Nanosystems

Microrheology of DNA Origami

Professors Wilson Poon and Alex Lips (both University of Edinburgh) - with the Leverhulme Centre for Forensic Science, Dundee University

Dirty Linen: the forensic soft matter science of body fluids on fabric

Dr Beth Bromley, Prof. Kevin Weatherill, Dr. Matteo Degiacomi (all Durham University)

Listening to proteins with EARS: Enhanced Acoustic Raman spectroscopy of information flow across the interface between proteins and their environment

Dr Mark Miller (Durham University)

Dynamic percolation in composite materials

Dr Paul Thornton (University of Leeds) – with AstraZeneca

Highly-Functional Poly(amino acids) for Controlled Therapeutic Delivery

Dr Natasha Shirshova and Prof. Lian Hutchings (both Durham University)

Block copolymers to promote a bicontinuous morphology in epoxy/ionic liquid formulations during reaction-induced phase separation

Dr David Harbottle, Prof. Kevin Roberts, Dr. Robert Hammond (all Leeds University) – with Infineum

Dispersion Modelling of Polyaromatic Compounds

Professor Stefano Brandani (University of Edinburgh) – with Air Liquide

Characterisation of Nanoporous Materials Using Adsorption at Cryogenic Conditions

Dr John Sanderson (Durham University) – with GSK

Drug Stability in Soft Matter Systems

Dr John Royer and Dr Aidan Brown (both University of Edinburgh) - with Crover

A Robot that Swims Through Granular Materials

Dr Kislon Voitchovsky (Durham University) and Prof. Teuta Pilozota (University of Edinburgh) - hosted in Durham

Bio-inspired active nano-membranes

Dr Paul McGonigal (Durham University)

Polymeric Fluorescence Standards from Medium-Independent Emitters

Dr Matt Kitching (Durham University)
March of the Materials: Molecular walkers for dynamic responsive polymers
Prof Colin Bain (Durham University) and Prof Andrew Bayly (University of Leeds) - hosted in Durham

Inkjet manufacturing: from Droplets to Films