Physics

Dynamic Microfluidics (Experiments)

Supervisor

Dr Geoff Willmott
Faculty of Science
Project code: SCI002

Experimental projects are available in which microscale liquid dynamics are of interest and high-speed photography is an important tool. Suitable topics include drop impact experiments and capillary uptake of drops. A project could also focus on development of image analysis techniques. Suitable for students from any quantitative science or engineering backgrounds.

Nanofluidics and Active Matter (Theory / Modelling)

Supervisor

Dr Geoff Willmott
Faculty of Science
Project code: SCI003

Project(s) will develop and use computational and/or theoretical models in the fields of (i) nanofluidics or (ii) active matter. In nanofluidics, liquids are confined to spaces on nanometre length scales. Modelling will be used to guide experimentalists working with nanopores and nanopipettes. Active matter involves collections of interacting, moving particles such as swarms and flocks. Here, the system to be studied is a large collection of asymmetric ‘Janus’ nanoparticles. Especially suitable for students with some computational / numerical experience.

Clouds in Earth's changing climate

Supervisor

Dr Tra Dinh
Faculty of Science
Project code: SCI013

Clouds are the largest source of uncertainty in climate models' prediction of global climate change. This project will analyse numerical simulations using state-of-the-art models of the climate system to study the changes in clouds and the impact of cloud changes on Earth’s global energy budget, hydrological cycle, and atmospheric circulation. Mathematical skills, numerical modelling experience (python, fortran, etc.), and knowledge of the physical processes relevant for climate (such as geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric radiation and convection, and cloud microphysics) are highly desirable.