Novel liquid crystal elastomers


Contact Professor Helen Gleeson or Dr Johan Mattsson  to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

If liquid crystals are made into elastomers (stretchable polymer materials), an amazing property known as soft elasticity occurs. This phenomenon is essentially one whereby it costs no energy for the system to stretch in a direction perpendicular to the liquid crystal director (the average direction of molecular orientation). Such behaviour can result in some remarkable shape changes in 3-D. This project will explore the physics underlying such systems. We will carry out experimental investigations to allow us to understand the mechanisms of deformation in bulk systems. We will also investigate novel ‘combined’ systems, including dopants such as quantum dots, towards new phenomena

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant subject (obtained or expected in 2018).

How to apply

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the 'Novel liquid crystal elastomers’ as well as Professor Helen Gleeson as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office