DiStruc

  1. ESR4 experimental position with Pavlik Lettinga:

The candidate will be investigating the effect of polydispersity, flexibility, chirality and frozen in kinks of rod-like colloids on bulk flow behaviour in different liquid crystalline phases, comparing results between industrial and model systems. Large oscillatory strains and steady shear flow will be applied to study shear-induced alignment of isotropic states and the distortion and melting of ordered LC phases. Novel experimental will be used combining rheology with confocal microscopy and scattering (Rheo-SANS, LS-echo) to probe the structure and dynamics under shear. 

Applications for this position have now CLOSED.

  1. ESR5 simulation position with Marisol Ripoll

The candidate will be investigating the effect of polydispersity, flexibility, chirality and frozen in kinks of rod-like colloids on bulk flow behaviour in different liquid crystalline phases. Large oscillatory strains and steady shear flow will be modeled to study shear-induced alignment of isotropic states and the distortion and melting of ordered LC phases. The Smoluchowski-equation approach will be extended to include non-model parameters mentioned above, complemented by continuous mechanics and MPC simulations, which will contribute in the understanding of the relevant experimental mechanisms.

Applications for this position have now CLOSED.