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PhD projects

PhD positions available in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI)

The EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI CDT) provides industrially-integrated, postgraduate training in research, enterprise and innovation for future leaders in the soft matter academic and industrial sectors. SOFI CDT combines expertise from Durham, Leeds and Edinburgh universities, industry and central facilities. It brings together more than 50 academics from departments of Physics, Chemistry, Food Science, Biology, Engineering, Computing, (Applied) Mathematics and Durham University Business School.

For further information on SOFI CDT and how to apply please visit the SOFI CDT website and 

Informal enquiries can be directed by e-mail to Prof Lian Hutchings (CDT manager) 

Project opportunities
Investigating the organization, assembly and physical properties of the unique lipids of thylakoid membranes
Supervisor: Dr Peter Adams
Laser cooling of an interacting atomic gas
Supervisor: Dr Almut Beige
Spin Currents in Superconducting Nanostructures
Supervisor: Dr Gavin Burnell
Photon-Neutron Techniques for Magnetism in Carbon Nanomaterials
Supervisor: Dr Oscar Cespedes
Ice Nucleation – A Vital Factor in Climate Change
Supervisor: Dr Hugo Christenson
Developing Quantum dots Sensors for Imaging Redox-Potential in Live Cells.
Supervisor: Dr Kevn Critchley
Light driven molecular motion
Supervisor: Dr Arend Dijkstra
The Role of Water Under Extreme Conditions
Supervisor: Dr Lorna Dougan
Liquid crystals at a stretch! Understanding soft elasticity in 3-D
Supervisor: Professor Helen Gleeson
Liquid crystals for energy applications.
Supervisor: Professor Helen Gleeson
Liquid crystals for novel electro-optical applications
Supervisor: Proffessors Helen Gleeson, Cliff Jones, and Dr Mamatha Nagaraj
MSM – Development of a Multifunctional Scanning Microscope.
Supervisor: Professor Bryan Hickey
Pure Spin Currents and Heat
Supervisor: Professor Bryan Hickey
Magnon Caustics
Supervisor: Professor Bryan Hickey
Liquid Crystal Elastomers for Reflective displays and novel devices.
Supervisor: Professor Cliff Jones
Heterogeneous liquid crystals and the control of solubility.
Supervisor: Professor Cliff Jones
Observations of Active Galactic Nuclei
Supervisor: Dr Stuart Lumsden
Observations of Massive Star Formation
Supervisor: Dr Stuart Lumsden
Skyrmions at Chiral Magnetic Interfaces
Supervisor: Professor Christopher Marrows
Fluctuation and Equilibration in Artificial Magnetic Quasicrystals
Supervisor: Proffessor Christopher Marrows
Design of efficient and safe solid electrolytes for Li-ion batteries
Supervisor: Dr Johan Mattsson
Design of glasses with controlled diffusion properties
Supervisor: Dr Johan Mattsson
The physics of microgels and other soft colloids
Supervisor: Dr Johan Mattsson
Interaction of surface acoustic waves and magnetic thin films
Supervisor: Dr Thomas Moore
Self-assembling nanocomposite materials
Supervisor: Dr. Mamatha Nagaraj
Multifunctional Inorganic Hybrid Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications
Supervisor: Dr Zhan Yuin Ong
Observational studies of massive star formation
Supervisor: Professor Rene Oudmaijer
Many-body Localisation
Supervisor: Dr Zlatko Papic
Development of microfluidic ‘organ on chip’ platforms
Supervisor: Dr Sally Peyman
A net improvement, upcycling sub-Saharan waste textiles.
Supervisor: Dr Mike Ries
Ultra-thin topological insulator spin-current transistor
Supervisor: Dr Satoshi Sasaki
Development of a microfluidic approach for extremely high throughput screening of biocatalysts
Supervisor: Dr Jung-Uk Shim
Development of a microfluidic approach for highly sensitive detection of disease state
Supervisor: Dr Jung-Uk Shim
Chemical complexity in planet-forming disks
Supervisor: Dr Catherine Walsh
Chemokine gradient formation in extracellular matrix – defining physical mechanisms
Supervisor: Dr Ralf Richter

Further information about any of these project opportunities can be obtained from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

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