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EPSRC DTP Studentship - In-Flight Measurement of Nanoparticle Surface Area and Volume


The measurement of nanoparticle size and morphology is crucial for climate, health, and engineered nanomaterials. Unfortunately, the ability to measure the surface area and volume of particles is extremely limited with no techniques allowing for real time measurement. This project seeks to develop a new device that allows for measurement of particle volume and surface area in real time, allowing for broad applications in the field of emissions, pollution, pharmacueticals, nanotechnology. This project will combine fluid dynamic and thermodynamic principles to develop a new method for sensing these particles based on prior work at the University of Cambridge. The primary outcomes of the work will be experimental validation of the new method, but numerical modelling of the phenomena will be critical for design and analysis of findings. A background in fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and CFD will be helpful in applying these skills to the device development.

The project will be co-funded by the EPSRC DTP allocation and Cambustion Ltd (www.cambustion.com) . The PhD student will work locally in the Boies Aerosol Laboratory and at Cambustion, leveraging facilities and expertise from both laboratories.

EPSRC DTP studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for UK students or provide fees only for EU students from outside the UK, subject to eligibility requirements. Further details about eligibility can be found at: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree in an Engineering or related subject with a background in fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Further study in aerosol dynamics is a plus.

Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge Applicant Portal www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdpeg, with Adam Boies identified as the potential supervisor. Further information can be found at www.amboies.com.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.