Nano-particle transport and deposition processes PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

The transport and deposition of nano-scale particles in the human lung is of significant current interest, whether delivering life-saving drugs or damaging carcinogenic material. The size of the particles changes the nature of the interaction, from sizes where inertial impaction and gravitational settling dominates, to sizes where diffusion is dominant. In addition, the local flow structure and boundary profile play a significant role in the interactions that occur. Nano-particles can have a direct impact on health, so it is important that their transport and deposition mechanisms are understood. However, at this time there is insufficient insight into the processes involved that is supported and validated by experimental evidence. With recent developments in diagnostic techniques and equipment, it is now possible to make a significant impact into this area and provide new understanding.

This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD researcher to experimentally investigate flow-particle interactions using state-of-the-art optical diagnostic techniques and develop much-needed insight into the fundamental physical interactions that occur. Investigations will focus on using bespoke test rigs to replicate particular channels and features in the lung.

Loughborough University has outstanding research facilities in optical engineering and thermofluids, with a strong research group working in these areas. The successful candidate will primarily be based within the optical engineering research laboratory of the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical, and Manufacturing Engineering. 


Primary supervisor: Dr. Edward Long

Secondary supervisor: Prof. Graham Hargrave

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Edward Long or register your interest and ask us a question.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Fluid mechanics, optical engineering.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

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.

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a (provisional) , plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under programme name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS08

Application details

Reference number:  WS08
Start date: 01 October 2018
Application deadline: 09 March 2018