Welcome to the Wong Group
The structure and dynamics of complex fluids are strongly affected by the stress, temperatures and degree of confinement. We apply fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging to polymers and complex fluids under extreme conditions.
We are particular interested in phase stabilities, and phase transitions of bulk fluids and confined fluids at high stress and high temperature conditions. One of such complex fluids in extreme condition is lubricant in a tribological contact. Our work allows various information such as lubricant structures and viscosity, phase transition, aggregation, adsorption, and self-assembly of additives, lubricant flow to be obtained. When combined with mechanical testing snd film thickness measurements, the molecular origins of mechanical responses of lubricated system is established.
PhD opportunities in additive/complex fluids
PhD opportunity on smart additives, funded by EPSRC and the industry.
This PhD focuses on smart additives for lubricants. Additives can modify the properties of a lubricant to extend its temperature range, or to improve its friction properties. A particular class of additives are viscosity modifiers. Viscosity modifiers are usually polymers and their chemistry and architecture can be tailored to specific needs. It is believed that polymeric viscosity modifiers operate through changes in chain conformation but fundamental understanding of their mechanism of operation is lacking.
This project will use computer simulations to investigate the effect of polymer molecular architecture on its response to temperature, pressure and high shear conditions, with strong relevance to lubrication applications. You would be part of the Tribology Group at Imperial College London, one of the largest academic group working on tribology research in the world, with multiscale experimental and computational capabilities. You will work closely with experimentalist working on related projects and with other computational researchers. You would also interact with our industrial sponsor.
The successful candidate should be a UK/EU student matching the EPSRC definition of a home student. S/he will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London, majoring in Physics, Chemistry or Engineering. S/he should be strong with Math, enjoy coding, good with details and curious about how and why things work. S/he should be a good communicator and a good team player, comfortable in a culturally diverse work environment.
For further details of the post please contact Dr. Janet Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org). Interested applicants should email an up-to-date curriculum vitae. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form available on the Imperial College London website in order for their qualifications to be assessed by the College Registry.
PHD OPPORTUNITIES IN EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT ON FUEL/LUBE MIXING
Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Fuels and Lubricants, leading to the award of a PhD degree. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate only) and sponsored by Shell. The studentship is for three and a half years from June 2020.
Lubricants are used in engines to reduce friction, to improve machine efficiency and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Fuel, however may mix with the lubricant during operation, affecting the effectiveness of the lubricant. The proposed research programme is a fundamental study of the influence of fuel on properties of lubricant, with in-situ measurements to be carried out in a modified engine, using various spectroscopic techniques.
The project is sponsored by the Shell University Technology Centre (UTC) for Lubricants and Fuels based in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London, and will take place in the Tribology Group and the Thermofluids Division in this Department. Both the Tribology Group and the Thermofluids Division are world leaders in their respective fields of tribology, fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and combustion. Together, they comprise of more than 90 PhD students as well as many post-doctoral researchers and academic staff. It offers a vibrant and multicultural working environment. Laboratories were recently refurbished and are well equipped with an extensive range of instrumentation and extensive computer facilities.
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 be an experimentalist and will have a background in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or a related field. You will have an enquiring and rigorous approach to research, together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. An interest in engines and basic understanding of their operation with good practical skills is desirable. Training will be given in tribology, thermofluids and the relevant investigative techniques. You will become a skilled communicator, comfortable in an international situation. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential. The project will involve close collaboration with Shell and you will be expected to visit and communicate with various Shell centres around the world.
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For further details of the post please contact Dr Sarah Matthews (email@example.com) or Dr Janet Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org). Interested applicants should email an up-to-date curriculum vitae. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form available on the Imperial College London website in order for their qualifications to be assessed by the College Registry.