PhD Position in Nanotechnology in Barcelona

The Industrial Mathematics Research Group (IMRG) at the Centre de Recerca Matematica has been selected as one of the groups to benefit from the doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT funded by the La Caixa Foundation.

The  programme is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence. For more details see La Caixa fellowships.

Lying at the heart of nanotechnology is the nanoparticle, a unit of matter with a length-scale between 1 and 100 nm. Nanoparticles are currently employed heavily in electronics, energy production and storage, medicine and materials. The current project involves studying (and so controlling) the growth of nanoparticles from a colloidal solution. This is possibly the most common method for the manufacture of nanoparticles. Mathematically the project will involve the study of diffusion equations applied over an unknown, time-dependent region. A knowledge of partial differential equations, asymptotics and numerics will be valuable for the succesful completion of the project. As will a willngness to interact with experimental groups to verify any results obtained.

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Further details on the IMRG’s research interests may be found here  , or contact the Group leader directly, Prof. Tim Myers ( A simple model, aimed at the experimental community, may be found here

T.G. Myers, C. Fanelli. On the incorrect use and interpretation of the model for colloidal,
spherical crystal growth. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 536 (2019) 98–104.