Biosurfactants and nanoparticles interactions in the bulk and at the interfaces PhD

Chemical Engineering
Entry requirements:
3.5 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
23 September 2018



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Project detail

Following the establishment of a Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) in “Designed Self-assembly of Nanoparticles within Fluids and at Interfaces” at Loughborough University, applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship. The CDT is a joint initiative of the School of Science  and the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering, and it offers a unique opportunity to join a vibrant team of researchers working in a multidisciplinary environment across the fields of chemical engineering, colloidal science, mathematical modelling and chemistry. This project will be based in the Colloid Engineering Research Group within Chemical Engineering and in Mathematical Sciences.

Suspended particles can often be surface active and when other surfactant molecules (i.e. detergents) are also present the collective dynamics and ordering of the particles at the interfaces is highly non-trivial and able to strongly influence the overall flow of liquid, especially when electric or other external fields are applied. The dynamics of particles suspended in a surfactant covered water film will be investigated experimentally and theoretically. The ultimate goal is to use the flow in a network of such films (i.e. in foam) to perform electrophoresis to separate the proteins. Developing a foam-based electrophoresis will be highly novel and very exciting. The importance of the mathematical modelling is that in this the different effects can be turned on/off, to understand the influence of each. In experiments, i.e. in reality, you can’t just turn on/off different bits of the physics/chemistry! The research will involve the use of state-of-the-art flow visualization tools, nanoparticle size measurement devices and mathematical modelling and numerical simulations.   


Primary supervisor: Dr Hemaka Bandulasena

Find out more

For further research project details, please email Dr Anna Trybala.

To find out more about the School of Chemical Engineering, please visit our website.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve:

  • at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or Science
  • an appetite and aptitude for interdisciplinary research is essential, as well as good communication and experimental or computational skills
  • a relevant Master degree and/or experience in these areas would be advantageous.

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This 42-month project will be funded through an EPSRC DTP. It consists of a tax-free stipend of £14,777 per annum, plus UK/EU tuition fees.

Additional funds via a Research Training Support Grant will be available.

Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. To qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement.


How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select 'Chemical Engineering Department'

Please quote reference number: CG-AT-1811

Application details

Reference number:


Application deadline: 23 September 2018
Start date: October 2018
Interview dates: To be confirmed