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Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of nanobubbles in liquid fuels

EPSRC DTP PhD Studentships: Specific Project Advert

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentship for the project “Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of nanobubbles in liquid fuels” starting 1st October 2021. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,609, including inner London weighting, plus payment of their full-time (UK) tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years).

Overseas, EU and UK (home) applicants who meet the academic entry criteria are eligible to apply for the studentship.

The Project

The candidate will be working on an exciting project on a novel fuel concept for the future low-carbon transport in the Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels at Brunel University London. The project will investigate the fundamentals of nanobubbles in liquid fuels. Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations will be employed to provide insights on the nucleation, coalescence and stabilisation mechanism of nanobubbles. The impact of boundary conditions, such as system temperature, gas saturation level, gas/liquid properties and additives on the nucleation, coalescence and stabilisation of nanobubbles will also be researched. The successful applicant will become a member of a large research group working on the project, which includes experimental and modelling studies and will work in close collaboration with other members of the team and external research partners including BP, Shell and Lubrizol. The candidate will attend regular project meetings to report the research progress and is expected to contribute in preparation of journal papers and conference proceedings.

For informal queries, please contact Dr Xinyan Wang: xinyan.wang@brunel.ac.uk.


Skills and Experience

Experience in Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations will be an advantage. You should be highly motivated, able to work independently as well as in a team, collaborate with others and have effective communication skills.

Academic Entry Criteria

You will have or be expected to receive a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline. A Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage. If applicable, you should hold an English Language proficiency qualification of or equivalent to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections).

How to apply

Please submit the documents below) to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on Friday 25 June 2021. Interviews will take place in June/July 2021.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Your English language qualification, if appropriate;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.

Meet the Supervisor for this Studentship

Xinyan Wang - Dr Xinyan Wang graduated with a Master and a PhD degree in State Key Laboratory of Engines (SKLE), Tianjin University, China. Then he moved to Brunel University London as a Research Assistant at Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels in 2015. His research interests include the modelling and experimental studies of renewable and biofuels, advanced combustion processes, and novel hybrid powertrains for high-efficiency and low-emission transport.  He has been working on an EPSRC project and two Innovate UK projects to develop next generation high efficiency engines and hybrid powertrain systems to significantly reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions from transport sector. He works closely with research partners from both academia (Brighton University, UCL, Imperial College and University of Oxford, University of Nottingham, Tianjin University) and industry (BP, Shell, MAHLE Powertrain, Ferrari S.p.A. and Yuchai Machinery Co.,Ltd). He was recently awarded the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to work on advanced renewable fuels, multi-fuel combustion engines and integrated engine generators for future low carbon transport. The project includes close collaborations with eight industrial and academic partners. He has authored over 30 refereed papers and given over 10 presentations at several national and international conferences/workshops. He is the member of the Combustion Institute and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International and a reviewer for several high-impact journals and conference proceedings.