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Modelling self-assembly of passive and active virus rods

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General information

Reference : UMR8502-HENWEN-002
Workplace : ORSAY
Date of publication : Thursday, October 10, 2019
Scientific Responsible name : Rik Wensink
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 January 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

We are seeking applications from PhD students interested in self-assembly of colloidal systems, active matter, liquid crystals and other subjects in soft matter physics.

The main objective of the project is to deepen our knowledge on the hierarchical assembly and the dynamics of passive and self-propelled anisotropic nanoparticles. These rod-shaped objects have "patchy" interactions that facilitate self-assembly with a higher level of complexity. We aim to develop theoretical models for novel anisotropic patchy colloidal particles and to explore their liquid crystalline self assembly by using numerical simulation supplemented by the theory of variation and density functional methods.

Work Context

The candidate will be embedded in the Soft Matter Theory Group of the LPS which has a broad expertise in theory and simulation of colloidal soft matter. A good knowledge of statistical physics and experience with computer programming and numerical simulations are essential.

Strong collaborations are envisaged with the experimental group of Eric Grelet at the CRPP in Bordeaux. Here, self-assembly and dynamics of patchy virus rods will be studied at the single particle level using various microscopy techniques.

Constraints and risks

None

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