Available student project - Nanobubbles

Research fields

  • Environmental Physics
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Project details

This field is moving fast so the nature of the projects are also moving on so I'll just give an overview of the sorts of things we are doing at the moment.

We have recently shown that for nanobubbles to survive for significant periods of time they need to be coated with a layer of material. We call these 'armoured' nanobubbles. We are now interested in what properties the armour must have to be effective and we wish to explore;

  • How we might control the stability of nanobubbles by altering the armour. For example can we destroy them at will?
  • How we might confer different properties on nanobubbles by changing the properties of the armour?
  • How we can control the size of nanobubbles? This is particularly important in medical imaging applications.
  • How we can use nanobubbles to make nanoparticles?

Required background

Nil courses. A curious mind. Logical and creative thinking, persistence and imagination and some grit and determination

For some info on the topic see: 

A history of Nanobubbles
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b02489
Langmuir 2016, 32, 11086−11100

Differentiating Between Nanoparticles and Nanobubbles by Evaluation of the Compressibility and Density of Nanoparticles
Muidh Alheshibri and Vincent S. J. Craig#
J.Phys Chem C, 122, 21998-22007, (2018)
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b07174
Armoured Nanobubbles; Ultrasound Contrast Agents Under Pressure
Muidh Alheshibri and Vincent S. J. Craig#
J. Colloid Interface Sci. 537, 123-131 (2019)
Generation of nanoparticles on mixing ethanol or water; Nanobubbles or Not?
Muidh Alheshibri and Vincent S. J. Craig#
J. Colloid Interface Sci. 542, 136-143 (2019)

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Honours project
  • Phd or Masters

Contact supervisor

Craig, Vincent profile

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