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PhD Nucleation and structure in colloidal systems M/F

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Date Limite Candidature : jeudi 14 juillet 2022

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General information

Reference : UMR8502-FRASMA-003
Workplace : ORSAY
Date of publication : Thursday, June 23, 2022
Scientific Responsible name : Frank Smallenburg
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

How does a liquid transform into a crystal? Remarkably,
even now this everyday process is poorly understood.
One challenge with studying the birth of a crystal, the
process of nucleation, is that it is hard to see such tiny
groups of a few atoms or molecules. In this project, we will use computer simulations to study nucleation of colloidal particles. The work will be performed in close collaboration with state-of-the-art experiments performed by experimental researchers at GULLIVER lab (Paris), in order to resolve open questions about the nucleation of colloidal systems.

The candidate will write and perform computer simulations of colloidal systems, optimize model systems to match experimental observations, and use statistical physics to understand the nucleation process in different colloidal systems.

Work Context

The project will take place at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides in Orsay. The candidate will be part of the soft matter team inside the Theory group, and participate in regular discussions with the rest of the team. Additionally, this project involves strong collaborations with the group of C. P. Royall at GULLIVER lab (ESPCI, Paris), and regular meetings between the two groups will take place.

Research themes include statistical physics, soft matter, colloids, and structure of matter.

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