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Project Topics 2019 - Cohort 6

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Professor Wilson Poon and Dr John Royer (both University of Edinburgh) – with Solvay

High throughput characterization of suspensions

Dr Kislon Voitchovsky (Durham University) – with GSK

Nanorheology of Soft Interfaces

Dr Matteo Degiacomi, Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja and Dr Mark Miller (all Durham University)

Machine Learning Molecular Simulations with Physical Constraints

Professor Michael Rappolt (University of Leeds)

The Structuring Role of Water in Bio-Interfaces

Dr Margarita Staykova and Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja (both Durham University)

Towards Artificial Tissues

Dr Paul McGonigal and Dr Richard Thompson (both Durham University)

Control of Friction and Lubrication using Redox-Active Surface Monolayers

Dr Olivier Cayre and Dr Thomas Hughes (both University of Leeds)

Developing Impermeable Nanocapsules for Efficient Remote Delivery of Cytotoxic Drugs at Precise Locations

Dr Jennifer Garden (University of Edinburgh) – with DuPont Teijin Films

Sustainable Replacements for Conventional Polymers

Dr Lev Sarkisov and Dr Michael Chen (both University of Edinburgh)

Molecular Simulation and Experimental Studies of Interactions between Nanoparticles and Biological Membranes

Professor Stefano Brandani and Dr Lev Sarkisov (both University of Edinburgh)

Water Adsorption for Characterisation of Nanoporous Materials

Dr John Sanderson (Durham University) – with GSK

Drug Stability in Soft Matter Systems

Project Topics 2018 - Cohort 5

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Dr James Walton (Durham University) - with Procter & Gamble
Physical Organic and Synthetic Chemistry of Silicone Polymers
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