- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Durham University
- PhD project title
- Investigating the rheological properties of surfactant solutions
Before the CDT I spent four years at Lancaster University completing an MPhys in Theoretical Physics. During my degree I undertook a Physics of Fluids module, which is when I first became interested in fluid dynamics.
My PhD project is focused on modelling mixing and dispersion in surfactant systems. Surfactant systems are difficult to model using traditional continuum approaches, because a lot of the interesting dynamics of a surfactant solution happen on the molecular scale. In the initial stages of this project, I have been looking into different modelling techniques, including: Monte Carlo methods, Molecular Dynamics and Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD), as well as traditional CFD approaches. These techniques cover a range of length scales, each having their advantages and disadvantages for such systems.
Why I chose the CDT in Fluid Dynamics
The programme gave me the opportunity to look into many different possible research areas before making a decision on my PhD project. It also allowed me to experience things such as lab work, which I haven’t previously had much experience with, having come from a theoretical physics background.