UCL is based in the heat of London and is consistently regarded as one of the top Universities in the world (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/about-ucl). The successful candidate will work in the Labs of Professor Nguyen TK Thanh (http://www.ntk-thanh.co.uk) and Professor Asterios Gavriilidis (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemeng/people/gavriilidis/profile).
A major roadblock in the use of nanoparticles (NPs) in healthcare and nanomedicine is the lack of large-scale availability of high quality NPs with tuneable size, morphology and surface functionalization.
This multidisciplinary project addresses this challenge by aiming to develop robust scalable manufacturing routes. More specifically we will design and demonstrate laboratory scale processing platforms that lend themselves to expedient up-scaling, by exploiting the advantages offered by microchannel reactor technology. These platforms are expected to lead to higher NP quality (removal of batch to batch variation that has plagued research), consistency of product characteristics, enhanced process controllability and robustness. Although these technologies have broad scope and impact, the current focus is on advanced materials that have applications as therapeutic and diagnostic vectors. In this project we focus on the manufacturing of iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs). Further, the control of the NP synthesis especially monodispersed functionalised NPs will offer new manufacturing applications for use in hyperthermia treatment for cancer (MNPs). UCL is at the forefront of the engineering approach to make nanoparticles, in magnetic hyperthermia.
The candidate is expected to have expertise in nanoparticle synthesis, chemical engineering, microfluidics, particle technology, chemical reaction engineering, and mass and heat transfer. Applications will be accepted until 30 January 2016. However, the post will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.
Send your CV December 2015