PhD Studentship, Modelling of Biopolymers at The University of Manchester

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Jitendra Sinha
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PhD Studentship, Modelling of Biopolymers at The University of Manchester

School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
Dr. Paola Carbone
Closing date for applications: 1st July 2009
The Project
Simulations are a great tool to understand and predict properties of polymeric materials. However, despite the improvement in the hardware, modelling high-molecular-weight polymer melts is still a computational challenge. Many striking features of polymers depend indeed on the fact that the monomers are bonded together following a specific topology. A new challenge in polymer science is to develop models for biopolymers able to predict and interpret, at the molecular level, their morphology and self-assembly properties.
The project consists in developing a mesocale model for polymeric materials characterized by strong hydrogen bonds interactions. The model will be initially obtained for synthetic polymers (such as polyamides) and further applied to simulate biomaterials.
The group of multi-scale and multi-phase Systems of the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science in Manchester provides the ideal working environment for a student willing to do his/her PhD in computational science. The group, whose members come from chemical engineering, chemistry, physics and applied mathematics, has large computational resources and a highly interdisciplinary character.
Funding
Full fees and maintenance are available for UK students, fees only for EU students. Overseas students may also apply, but you will then need to compete for a University or national scholarship.
Entry requirements
Candidates should have/be about to receive at least a 2:1 honours degree, ideally with a background in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or material science. Knowledge of a programming language is desirable.
Further information and application
Please contact Dr. Carbone (paola.carbone@manchester.ac.uk) for further information about the project and the application procedure.