Physics

Dynamic microfluidics (experiments)

Supervisor

Dr Geoff Willmott
Faculty of Science
Project code: SCI006

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/engineering backgrounds.

Nanofluidics and active matter (theory/modelling)

Supervisor

Dr Geoff Willmott
Faculty of Science
Project code: SCI007

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.