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Marie Curie CoWet

Research into the spreading of complex fluids

March 14

Professor Victor Starov has recently been awarded EU funding of £ 466,793 as part of a large international multidisciplinary Marie Curie project CoWet. The total funding of the project is around Euro 3.9 million. Eleven teams presenting UK, Germany, Spain, Israel, Netherlands, Greece and Poland from the areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering and industry will work together in close cooperation to attempt to forge real breakthroughs in controlling the spreading of complex fluids (polymer melts and solutions, surfactant solutions, foams, emulsions, biological liquids) on microstructured substrates. CoWET is aimed at better understanding industrial processes that involve complex fluid-solid interactions, via the use of high resolution experiments combined with computational modelling and simulation.

The group based at Loughborough University will work on the interaction of foams with porous substrates. This has direct application in using foams as drug delivery systems in pharmacy or for colorants in hair care. The team will also be modelling the wetting of soft solids which poses challenging problems in many situations in agriculture, pharmacy, cosmetics and industrial processes. One Early Stage Researcher (simultaneously registered as a part time PhD Student) and one Experienced Researcher will work during next four years on this project

The Marie Curie Initial Training Network is a great opportunity for early-stage and experienced young researchers to receive training and research experience in the best European labs, participate in the scientific schools devoted to the hottest topics in the area and guided by the leading scientists, gain experience in presenting their results at internationally recognised conferences and publishing papers in highly rated scientific journals. As part of this project, Loughborough University will organise a winter school “Kinetics of wetting/spreading of complex liquids” in January 2015.


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