PhD Studentship using atomistic and coarse-grained MD simulations to study the lubrication mechanisms of wet hair

Imperial College London

First advertised here: 3 July 2020

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of computational modelling of lubrication mechanisms and molecular interaction responsible for the behaviour of wet hairs, leading to the award of a PhD degree.

This project aims at studying the detailed interactions responsible for wet friction in hair-to-hair contacts. This will require the development of advanced models to study the effects of the interaction between different molecules and hairs, with the view of shedding light on the mechanisms that govern the performance of different compounds. Molecular models will describe the interactions between agglomerates formed between hair bundles, starting by capturing the physical, mechanical and chemical aspects that govern the interactions between molecules and surfaces and which are representative of combing conditions. Both coarse-grained and classical Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations will be used for this purpose, with the latter specifically being employed to explore fundamental mechanisms that explain detailed interactions between the molecular species under investigation. The research carried out will be in collaboration with other members of the Tribology Group and the Department of Materials at Imperial College London (Dr Stefano Angioletti-Uberti) and will be strongly complemented by the work carried out by Procter and Gamble in terms of experimental characterisation and products formulation.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a first-class honours degree in Physics, Mechanical/Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Chemistry, Computing or related subjects, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. An interest in theory and simulation of materials and application of computational methods to engineering problems is crucial. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are also essential.

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For further details of the post contact Prof. Daniele Dini +44 (0)20 7594 7242. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Prof. Dini. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

Funding Notes

The post is supported by a full bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC and Procter and Gamble (EPSRC industrial Cooperative Award in Science and Technology – iCASE). The position is open to UK and EU (ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three years period preceding the start of the studentship) students who fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award. Please check your suitability at the following web site: View Website

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