The main focus of this project is on the rheology of dense suspensions of “sponge-like particles” (e.g., casein micelles; starch particles; microgel particles). These particles have properties that lie in between those of hard colloidal particles and those of soft polymers. Moreover, the interactions between the sponge-like particles are rate-dependent, because the viscous solvent can be expelled from or pushed into the (porous) particles. Understanding the structure-property relations for materials built from these particles has important implications for example in the food and cosmetics industries.
Talented, enthusiastic candidates with excellent analytical and communication skills holding a university degree (M.Sc., Diploma) in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or a closely related discipline are encouraged to apply. Preferably, you should have experience with several of these topics: mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, transport processes, and computer simulations such as Brownian Dynamics simulations. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential.