PhD Studentship in Nanofluids as Coolants for Future Fusion Reactors

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Heat Transfer leading to the award of a PhD degree. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC CASE award in collaboration with Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE). Due to funding restictions candidates should therefore fulfil the eligibility criteria for this Award. Please check your suitability at the following web site.

The research will study the behaviour of nanofluids (mixtures of liquids with nanoparticles) in order to understand the underlying physics leading to enhancement of convective and boiling heat transfer. The research will combine experiments and computations. It will develop further existing laser-based experimental techniques for optical measurements of liquid temperature, nanoparticle size and liquid velocity and apply them in simplified flows of nanofluids with controlled operating conditions. The experimental measurements will be assisted by Molecular Dynamics computations of Nanoparticles dispersion in order to identify the new physics responsible for improved heat transfer. The final outcome is to provide design guidelines for the use of nanofluids for cooling of future Fusion reactors in collaboration with a team at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) (

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 background in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or a related field and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Basic knowledge of computer programming (i.e. FORTRAN or C/C++) is essential. Further training will be given on computer programming, as well on laser techniques and their application for the measurement of fluid flows and heat transfer. You will become a skilled communicator, comfortable in an international situation. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

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For further details of the post contact Professor Yannis Hardalupas at / +44 (0)20 7594 7057. 

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae to Professor Hardalupas on the above e-mail address. 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.

For further information on how to apply, go to the Apply button below.

Closing date: 30 September 2013 (Midnight BST)

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