A 3D printer has been developed by the group that combines unprecedented three-dimensional control and material flexibility, to culminate in a new process for 2D patterning and 3D printing of polymeric, organic, semiconducting, or metallic materials into complex shapes. The aim of the project is to further develop this method by doing a systematic parameter variation study for the already printable materials and gaining a better understanding and control of the printing mechanism. A range of printable materials can be further expanded with conductive, semiconducting, and stimuli-responsive materials being just some of the examples. The development of the printing method will culminate in a printed electronic device that will aim to provide a sustainable alternative to the conventional manufacturing methods currently being used industry wide.
The student will be strong in fundamental chemistry/engineering. The project is multifaceted with fundamental chemistry developed and commercial interests. A spinout company in the area very likely in the next 12 months.
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).