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First principles computational modelling of iron-based dental materials

PGR-P-721

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Project start date
Thursday 1 October 2020
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Supervisors
Dr Helen Chappell
Schools
School of Food Science and Nutrition
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

In nature and biology iron is ubiquitous. It plays a central role in animal physiology and a lack of iron in our diet leads to familiar or serious symptoms including tiredness, cognitive impairment, compromised immune responses and stunting of growth. This project takes its inspiration from another, intriguing application of iron in nature - the teeth of beavers. These creatures, known for their ability to fell trees, have high-levels of iron in their teeth, which makes them extremely strong and orange in colour. In this project we will use first principles quantum mechanics calculations to understand the chemistry of iron-substituted enamel and to explore ways in which this could be used as a clinical biomaterial.

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa/prospective_students/apply/I_want_to_apply.html">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <strong>First principles computational modelling of iron-based dental materials</strong> as well as <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/food-nutrition/staff/8211/dr-helen-chappell"><strong>Dr Helen Chappell</strong></a>&nbsp;as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome 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.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p>This project does not have any funding attached and so you would need to secure your own sponsorship.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact Dr Helen Chappell<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">EMAIL: h.f.chappell@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 0657.</p>