Classification of microparticles using two-dimensional scattering data and machine learning techniques

Project Description

With 9 out of 10 people breathing polluted air, and 7 million people per year dying of exposure to it (according to the WHO) there is a pressing need to identify pollutants in real time.

Particulate matter is currently detected and sized using a range of optical, electrostatic, and aerodynamic methods, but none of these are able to identify the type of particle in real-time. By inspecting the 2D light scattering patterns from individual particles, you will develop machine learning techniques to extract particle shape information of respirable particles.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please email Dr Chris Stopford. You can find out more about Dr Chris Stopford on his research profile.

About the Centre for Doctoral training in Aerosol Science

Aerosol science is crucial to disciplines as broad ranging as:

  • drug delivery to the lungs
  • transmission of disease
  • climate change
  • energy and combustion science
  • novel materials
  • consumer and agricultural products.

An aerosol is any collection of particles dispersed in a gas. The CDT brings together a multi-disciplinary team of 80 post-graduate students and academics from 7 UK universities spanning the physical, environmental and health sciences, and engineering. Our aim is to tackle the global challenges in which aerosol science is key.

Visit the website for Doctoral training in Aerosol Science for further details.

Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science

During your doctorate, you will learn to research in diverse multidisciplinary teams. You will gain an advanced understanding of the core physical science of aerosols. Plus you will collaborate with industrial and public sector partners, equipping you to undertake ground-breaking research in aerosol science.

During the first 7 months of your PhD, you will join the CDT cohort based at the University of Bristol. Core training in aerosol science, research methods, professionalism and translation will be delivered by team based learning. You will then undertake a short research project at your home or partner institution before starting your PhD research. You will gain experience outside academia in a placement with an industrial/public sector partner in Year 2 or 3.

More Information and How to Apply

Candidates who aspire to work in a multidisciplinary field, and hold or will achieve a minimum of an upper second-class undergraduate degree in any of these areas are encouraged to apply:

  • chemistry
  • physics
  • biological sciences
  • life and medical sciences
  • mathematics and computer science
  • chemical and mechanical engineering
  • pharmaceutical and environmental sciences.

For more info and how to apply please email Dr Chris Stopford or visit the How to Apply section on the website for Doctoral training in Aerosol Science

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to furthering issues of equality, diversity and inclusion and are keen to attract the most highly talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. The needs of individuals will be accommodated during the recruitment process and while studying with the CDT. Further information on our commitment to equality and diversity can be found on our website.