PhD project: The role of electric fields in soft matter

Project description

Electric fields play a fundamental role in shaping the structure of all types of matter, from metallic crystals to interstellar plasmas. This is equally true in soft matter systems like emulsions and liquid crystals. In these complex fluids, electrical fields give rise to many exciting phenomena [1], which are not yet well understood. In this project, you will develop experimental techniques to study the effect of electrical fields on a variety of soft matter systems, focussing in particular on an Edinburgh speciality of oil/water systems stabilized by colloidal particles [2, 3]. This project will also give you the opportunity to collaborate closely with theorists and simulators working on directly modelling these soft matter systems.

[1] Smith et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 7, 2157 (2016).

[2] Herzig et al., Nature Materials 6, 966 (2007).

[3] Hermes & Clegg, Soft Matter 9, 7568 (2013).

Project supervisors

  • (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)

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