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3D and 4D Printing of Functional Polymers: Adding Function to Printed Objects

Project Description

This project will transform commodity polymers used in 3D printing to control their properties for advanced applications. The student will utilise a number of techniques to synthesise and characterize the polymers to create new materials with interesting properties. This will enable inexpensive and facile synthesis of functional smart materials for use in 3D and 4D printing.

The student will have strong background in materials /polymer chemistry. They will be learn advanced polymers synthesis techniques and physical characterization of these. The project will develop new materials and methods for applications including soft robotics, colour changing structures and self-healing printed objects for protective coatings.

The project is in an interdisciplinary team with postdocs and other students. The students will learn skills in organic chemistry, 3D Printing, rheology, photochemistry and polymer chemistry. ANU is one of Australians top universities and is constantly ranked in the top 50 world wide. Canberra was also ranked third in Lonely Planets "Best in Travel 2018" list.

Australia has a 3.5 year system hence you will finish your PhD in 3.5 years (with possible 6 month extension).

Funding Notes

Funding is available for the term of a PhD. Applicants are required to have a minimum of 1st class honors or equivalent chemistry degree (or closely related field), and a minimum of 6 months research experience. to be eligible. Please send full academic transcripts and CV when replying to this add.).

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