Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Applied Physics.

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    01/07/2020 11:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Julia Maldonado-Valderrama, from the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2020 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. The UGR has been awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding.

UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://sl.ugr.es/0aw0). The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) places the UGR in 268th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. From the perspective of specialist areas in the ARWU rankings, the UGR is outstanding in Documentation (ranked in the 36th in the world) or Food science technology (ranked 37th in the world), Mathematics and Computer Science (ranked among the top 76-100 in the world).

The UGR has 4 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in the Computer Science area. With regard to broader subject fields, the UGR is ranked in 45th position in the universities worldwide in the discipline of Engineering. It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i) taking 36th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe. Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 18.02 million euros, and for H2020, 80 projects with total funding around 20.6 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

The Biocolloid and Fluid Physics group is an internationally recognized group belonging to the Department of Applied Physics of the University of Granada (Spain). It is composed by physicists, chemists, biologists, biochemists and external collaborators. Our group is actively involved in multidisciplinary basic and applied research in Colloid and Interface Science. In particular, we study directed assembly of nanoparticles on surfaces by convective/capillary deposition, biomimetic hydroxyapatite coatings, food emulsions, drug/gene delivery, magnetorheology, synthesis of nanoparticles and colloidal structures. These areas are mainly investigated experimentally (Contact angle and surface tension measurements, Photon Correlation Spectroscopy, Tribometry, Rheometry, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Electrophoresis, Langmuir balance), but we also have expertise in theory (Gradient theory) and simulation (Brownian dynamics, Montecarlo techniques, Stochastic Rotation Dynamics). One of the most outstanding features of our group is the close and long-standing collaboration with industry.

Project description

Protein based microgel particles are just beginning to be used in food applications. Protein microgels are optimal candidates as Pickering stabilizers for emulsions and foams with tuneable stability owing to their stimuli responsive behavior. Emulsions stabilized by microgel particles are also known as “Mickering emulsion” in the literatureto distinguish them from the conventional “Pickering emulsion”, where solid colloidal particles are used. The behaviour of polymeric particles lies in between that of coloidal particles and soft polymers. In fact, the interfacial properties of microgel particles resemble that of protein in many aspects. Microgels expose hydrophobic residues onto non polar interfaces and form loops and tails at the interfacial layer. The conformational change undergone by microgel particles at interfaces is a balance between the affinity of the particle for the interface and the internal resistance to deformation which depends on cross-linking density, swelling state and interaction with neighboring microgels in the interface. There are still very few works on the interfacial properties of protein microgels with food application and this is an emergent area of research. The present project aims to investigate the interfacial behaviour of protein microgels. To this end, we intend to apply a unique combination of interfacial and coloidal experimental techiques as well as theoretical modelling. Langmuir film balance and Micro-Brewster Angle Microscopy (Micro-BAM), pendant drop tensiometer and dilatational rheology, hydrodynamic diameter and electrophoretic mobility, emulsion and foams stability and digestibility of microgel emulsions comprise the experimental background. Developing stimuli responsive dispersions with food applications requires addressing the complex interconnection between physicalchemistry, interfacial and coloidal stability and the physiological response. In this way we intend to obtain new insight towards the development and rational use of protein microgels in stimuly responsive emulsions and foams for food application.

Research Area

Life Sciences (LIFE) and Physics (PHY)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Julia Maldonado-Valderrama (julia@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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