PhD project: The physics of active colloids

Project description

An active colloid is a suspension of micro-sized particles that are self propelled. These can be living bacteria, synthetic self-propelled beads (such as polystyrene particles half coated by platinum placed in hydrogen peroxide solution), or novel forms of active droplets. There is no generally accepted statistical mechanical framework for predicting the many-body properties of such systems of 'active matter', and experiments in this area are absolutely vital for developing new physical understanding. In this project, you will develop methods for making and/or characterising active particles, and perform a range of experiments designed to reveal their novel physical properties, e.g. how self-propulsion affects various phase transitions, or flow properties. There will be opportunities to work closely with theorists and simulators in the group who are developing models for active matter.

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