Location University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Aerosol Microfluidics

The following PhD project is available for both domestic and international students starting in early 2019 to work with Prof. David McGloin in a newly established laboratory at the University of Technology Sydney.

Value:                    $27,082 pa (tax-exempt) – fee waivers may also be considered for international applicants

Duration:              3 yrs

Topic:                     Aerosol Microfluidics

Enquiries:            Prof. David McGloin 

School/Centre:    School of Electrical and Data Engineering

Closing dates:

Australian Domestic students: 30th April

International Candidates: 15th January (contact me if looking for an earlier start date)


The development of microfluidic devices over the past couple of decades has led to a significant new range of analytical tools, both in chemistry and biology. Such tools are based on the confinement of liquid within microscopic channels, and can now be incredibly sophisticated 3D devices, with valves, heating elements, and a myriad of other components incorporated into their design.

The goal of this project is to develop a similar platform to microfluidics, but with the aim of confining and monitoring airborne particles. These ‘aerofluidic’ chips will incorporate optical, electrical and magnetic confinement techniques, and look to harness cutting-edge laser writing to create optical waveguides and channels in glass substrates. The aim is a paradigm shift in the analysis of airborne particles, opening up disposable, low-cost devices that will allow a range of monitoring tasks to be carried out.

The work will involve the development of the aerofluidic devices, making use of standard microfabrication techniques, integration of optical trapping and spectroscopy, as well as examining new methods for monitoring particles in such a device through the creation of built-in optical cavities. The challenges to be overcome include how to keep high-velocity liquid particles away from the walls of the device.

The project is suitable for someone with a background in physics, photonics, analytical chemistry and electrical/electronic/mechanical engineering and related backgrounds.

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Prof David McGloin