Computer modelling of particle dispersion

This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated PhD candidate to work along four postdoctoral research fellows in an EPSRC-funded consortium consisting of Universities of Surrey, Birmingham and Swansea.

Start date

1 April 2024


36 months

Application deadline

Funding source

Funded by the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Funding information

  • Home student tuition fees will be covered
  • Stipend of £17,668 per year.


In many industrial processes, fine particles need to be dispersed and dissolved in liquids in a well-controlled manner. These particles are ubiquitously used in technical and regulated applications to improve and to stabilise many formulated products. 

This PhD project is part of an EPSRC-funded consortium consisting of Universities of Surrey, Birmingham and Swansea and involving four postdoctoral research fellows in these three universities. 

Working closely with the project partners, this project aims to understand the dispersion process of fine particles in liquids. Computer modelling of the dispersion process will be performed to gain fundamental understanding of the mechanisms underlying the process and to develop predictive tool.

About our research in formulation and healthcare engineering

Our aim is to develop science-based predictive models, design tools and innovative manufacturing processes for formulated products. This is underpinned by our active research in particulate materials manufacturing, multiphase flow, advanced numerical modelling using coupled discrete element methods with computational fluid dynamics (DEM-CFD) and finite element modelling (FEM), machine learning models, process modelling and optimisation, and measurements and characterisation using advanced techniques. More about our research.

Eligibility criteria

Open to any UK or international candidates. Up to 30% of our UKRI-funded studentships can be awarded to candidates paying international rate fees. Find out more about eligibility.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who holds a master degree or equivalent in Engineering, or a closely-related discipline, with a keen interest in computer simulations using either mechanistic models, such as computational fluid dynamics, discrete element methods and finite element methods, or machine learning models. The candidate should be a good team player and can engage in collaboration with good oral and written communication skills. Previous experience in computer modelling or some knowledge in particle technology are desirable but not essential as training will be provided.

You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for our PhD programme.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Chemical and Process Engineering PhD programme page. In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the project that you wish to apply for and the name of the relevant supervisor. Please also email a copy of CV, and/or transcripts to Prof. Charley Wu in addition to submitting your formal application. For further information or informal enquiries, Please contact Prof. Charley Wu (

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Charley Wu
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Telephone: +44 (0)1483 683506

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