Cardiff University President's Research Scholarship: Argon plasma effects on biological tissues (PhD Studentship)
Reference Number: R653
***This project is now closed***
Key Studentship Information
This is a Cardiff University President's Research Scholarship, part of a new £4M investment to coincide with the inauguration of Professor Sir Martin Evans (Nobel Prize for Medicine 2007) as Cardiff’s new President. All of the University Schools and Research Centres offering opportunities under the programme have demonstrated the real potential of the Scholarships to contribute to research excellence through significant, challenging and original PhD research projects and excellent PhD supervision and support. Other attractive features of the Scholarships include the presence of multiple President’s Scholars in each of the research areas and the guaranteed exposure of President’s Scholars to innovative technologies, theories, methodological approaches, and debates. More information on the President's Research Scholarships scheme is available here: www.cardiff.ac.uk/presidents
Project Title: Argon plasma effects on biological tissues
The non-contact medical RF Argon plasma is commonly used to regain haemostasis in minimally invasive procedures. The technology has a strong focus on gastro-intestinal procedures for treating GI tract bleeding. This project will address the following comprising of experimental and some computational activities:
• The modelling and validation of the electrical and fluid flow dynamics properties on plasma efficacy;
• The relationship between Argon plasma and tissue effects;
• Improving tissue effects and therapeutic outcomes.
The project is collaboration between Cardiff School of Engineering and Gyrus Medical Ltd, a medical device company based in Cardiff, to work on state of the art medical technology. The research will be based at the industrial partner's office and the University
Supervisor: Dr Y Xue and Prof A Porch
Start Date: 1st October 2011
The award will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU fee rate and will provide a stipend at the UK Research Council rate (£13,590 in 2010/11) plus an enhancement of £1,000 per annum. Please note that overseas candidates will be required to fund the balance of fees at the overseas fee rate themselves.
Number of Awards Available: 1
Academic Criteria: Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a 1st Class honours degree, or a 2.1 in a relevant subject (Engineering or Physics) plus a distinction at Masters level (or their equivalents). A good knowledge in physics, mechanical or chemical engineering is essential. Practical experience of instrumentation and computer programming would be an advantage.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).
Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open applicants of any nationality. Non UK/EU students would be required to cover the difference between UK and Overseas fees themselves.
How to Apply
Applicants should apply using the Online Application Service at www.cardiff.ac.uk/apply, ensuring that you include the follwowing information:
1. Please state in the 'funding' section that you wish to apply for the President's Research Scholarship in Engineering.
2. PLEASE ENSURE YOU QUOTE THE STUDENTSHIP REFERENCE PS5-YX-2011 ON YOUR APPLICATION. For online applications, please put reference in the 'Prospective Supervisor' section.
Applicants are advised to contact Dr Y Xue (see below) for more information regarding these projects.
For more information contact Dr Y Xue: