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PhD position in Active Soft Matter (H/F)

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Date Limite Candidature : mercredi 8 décembre 2021

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General information

Reference : UPR22-ANTSTO-001
Workplace : STRASBOURG
Date of publication : Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Scientific Responsible name : Igor Kulić and Antonio Stocco
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 April 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

Project: “Self Rolling Rods Powered by Light and Chemical Gradients”
We are looking for a dynamic out-of-the-box-thinker, with interest and knowledge in soft matter physics and optical microscopy, equipped with curiosity, courage and persistence to make new, surprising things become reality.
Inspired by the ability of influenza viruses to self-roll on surfaces, we will create biomimetic photoactive rod particles and investigate their propulsion as rotary motors close to hard and soft interfaces.
The mainly experimental PhD project will seek to develop a conceptual physical understanding of the single motor dynamics and their collective active liquid crystal phase behaviour. Under the supervision of a dynamic theory-experimental physicicst-duo, Antonio Stocco and Igor Kulić, and in close collaboration with a young colloidal chemist, Juliane Simmchen (Dresden, Germany) you will become familiar with a large part of active soft matter physics, explore and transcend its current boundaries.
For more details , don't hesitate to contact us under:
kulic@unistra.fr and antonio.stocco@ics-cnrs.unistra.fr

Further Reading:
[1] A. Baumann, A. Sánchez-Ferrer, L. Jacomine, P. Martinoty, V. Le Houerou, F. Ziebert & I. M. Kulić , Motorizing fibres with geometric zero-energy modes , Nature Materials, 17, 523 (2018)
See also movies under: https://www.ics-cnrs.unistra.fr/member-204-Kulic%20Igor.html
[2] F. Ziebert & I. M. Kulić, How Influenza's Spike Motor Works, Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 218101 (2021)
[3] S Villa, G Boniello, A Stocco, M Nobili, Motion of micro-and nano-particles interacting with a fluid
interface, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 284, 102262 (2020) …
[4] V Sharma, E Azar, AP Schroder, CM Marques, A Stocco, Active colloids orbiting giant vesicles, Soft
Matter 17, 4275 (2021)

Work Context

We work in the Mcube Team : https://ics-mcube.cnrs.fr/ of the Institut Charles Sadron : https://www.ics-cnrs.unistra.fr/ Strasbourg (France)

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