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3-year PhD studentship: 4D Printing for delivering drugs and agrochemicals - (ENG 1551)

   Faculty of Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

We will use 3D printing to create shape changing, intricate structures capable of the controlled delivery of active compounds, such as therapeutic drugs, nutraceuticals and sustainable treatments for plants and crops. We will use advanced polymeric materials capable of being triggered to change their shape or their function, to give exquisite control over release of active agents. This research will move 3D printing into the time domain: 4D printing.

Completion of this funded PhD will enable routes into both industry and academia. This project is co-funded by Velcro Companies, who will provide support and opportunities within their research teams to explore the development and translation of concepts. This PhD position is also part of a larger portfolio of projects all connected through an EPSRC Programme Grant ‘Dialling up performance for on demand manufacturing’, providing a supporting and guiding network of researchers with whom to learn from and collaborate with. This Programme Grant is a £7M investment from EPSRC to bring together leading teams from Nottingham, Cambridge, Strathclyde and Reading, with international groups from USA, France and Australia and represents an opportunity to develop strategic relationships in a growing research area that will support a lifelong career in science and engineering.

The ideal candidate will have interest in 3D printing and its applications, and knowledge of chemistry and materials and their use, particularly for delivery of active agents. The studentship will be based in the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM: CfAM is one of the largest 3D printing groups worldwide and hosts state of the art laboratories in Engineering and in School of Pharmacy ( that are unrivalled for their capability. 


• Due to funding restrictions, the position is only available for UK candidates

• Candidates must possess or expect to obtain, a 2:1 or first class degree in an Engineering or Physical Sciences related discipline.

How to apply

Please send a copy of your covering letter, CV and academic transcripts to  referring to the project title. 

Closing date: applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is appointed.

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