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Job Record #17834
TitleFunded PhD Projects in joint PhD cluster: ferrofluid flows
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerUniversity of Strathclyde
LocationUnited Kingdom, Glasgow
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure Date* None *
Funded PhD Projects (2022 start) in joint PhD Cluster programme on 

Multiphase ferrofluid systems for biomedical and engineering applications 

James Weir Fluids Laboratory

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 

University of Strathclyde 

Applications are invited for two PhD studentships in the field of Fluid Dynamics under the joint PhD Cluster 

in collaboration with international partners (University of Waterloo, Canada)

Project 1. Ferrofluid encapsulation for targeted drug delivery 

Project 2. Ferrofluid emulsions for smart lubrication 

Ferrofluids are stable colloidal suspensions of magnetic nanoparticles suspended in a non-magnetic liquid 

that can be strongly magnetised. These special fluids have the ability to flow as common liquids while 

simultaneously exhibiting magnetic properties typical of solids or liquid metals. By virtue of their peculiar 

behaviour, ferrofluids have found widespread use in engineering applications, e.g. for cooling 

loudspeakers and protecting hard drives. Recent experimental developments extend to biomedical 

applications and often involve ferrofluid droplet systems exploiting their ability to target desired locations 

using magnetism for manipulation, transport and actuation.

In these projects we aim to gain fundamental understanding of non-equilibrium multiphase ferrofluid 

systems and exploit their use for biomedical and engineering applications and will focus on the presence 

of interfaces and the interaction between magnetism and the flow field to advance the field of ferrofluid 

droplet applications. 

Numerical model development is at the core of the PhD work (although one of the projects could follow a 

more experimental strand), but the students are expected to engage and be involved in experiments in 

collaboration with partner institutions, with planned secondments to ensure effective knowledge exchange 

within the cluster. 

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment 

for the PhD degree at the University of Strathclyde. The successful candidate holds a MEng or equivalent 

degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, physics or related areas with a knowledge of 

fluid dynamics. Essential requirements are a good background in fluid dynamics. Experience in 

computational fluid dynamics (CFD), previous knowledge of the open source CFD package OpenFOAM, as 

well as programming skills are a plus.

For further details, please contact:

Dr Monica Oliveira

Dr Paolo Capobianchi

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae CV to Dr Oliveira in a first stage. Suitable 

candidates will be asked to complete the online application form to be considered formally. 

To find out more about the host research group (JWFL), Department and the University, please visit:

The studentships cover Home fees and will provide a tax-free stipend. Students who hold either settled or 

pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme and meet the residency requirement for Home fees 

are welcome to apply. It may be possible to consider International applicants who are able to cover the 

difference between Home and International fee rate.

Contact Information:
Please mention the CFD Jobs Database, record #17834 when responding to this ad.
NameMonica Oliveira
Email ApplicationYes
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