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PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Mathematical modelling studies of rhythmic hydrogels for medical applications

Value of award

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

October 2017 for 3 years.

Application closing date

Prompt application is advised as this position is only available until a suitable candidate is found.


Hydrogels are three dimensional macromolecular networks of crosslinked polymer chains which are capable of retaining large amounts of water due to the hydrophilic functional groups which they contain. This makes them ideal candidates for applications such as drug delivery, wound dressings and tissue engineering due to their similarity to organic tissue. The main aim of this project is the development of mathematical models of these materials that can be used to depict their behaviour, response to environment and cargo content (e.g. drug loading)

A particular task is modelling of a novel ground-breaking class of responsive hydrogels that the Novakovic group is developing as part of the EPSRC funded project Personalised Pulsatile Materials. The development of predictive physico-chemical models is aimed at aiding further experimental design of materials tailored to specific healthcare applications.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC (DTA)

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Katarina Novakovic, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, Newcastle University

Eligibility Criteria

You should have an upper-second-class Honours degree or higher or international equivalent, in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Materials or a related subject.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants.  In the case of outstanding international candidates it may be possible that the University will make an award to cover the difference in tuition fees.  If English is not your first language, you should have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

You must also have the potential for performing original research.

How to apply

If you are interested in the above project and meet the criteria you should send a CV., covering letter plus two references to

The successful applicant will then be asked to apply for University admission using the University’s online postgraduate application form Unsuccessful applications will not receive an acknowledgement.


Dr Katarina Novakovic
School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Telephone +44 (0)191 208 3683

Eligible Courses