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3D printed porous media: heat exchangers


   Biomolecular Interaction Centre

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  Prof Conan Fee  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

We’re seeking highly motivated PhD applicants to join our ambitious research programme exploring how 3D printing can revolutionise manufacturing processes in chemical engineering. Supervised by Professor Conan Fee at the University of Canterbury, this specific PhD project will focus on heat transfer in our 3D printed heat exchangers.

Typically, chemical engineering applications such as heat exchangers, reactors, adsorption and chromatography columns connect a fluid with a solid phase through fixed beds of randomly packed particles, known as porous media. Chemical engineering design then involves maximising the heat and/or mass transfer rate, whilst minimising the pressure drop. Traditionally, our design choices have been limited to changing the particle size and shape.

Our research shows that 3D printing introduces new possibilities to the design of the solid phase, potentially enabling game changing performance in a variety of applications. However, there’s a lot we don’t yet know about how to apply the engineering science and computational tools to design and 3D print porous media.

Our research programme addresses all aspects of 3D printing in chemical engineering, from the design of the pore structure and solid materials, to the design of the 3D printers themselves. Our ambitious and enthusiastic team comprises chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, biologists, computer scientists and materials scientists.

We’re looking for talented, driven PhD applicants

We’re looking for PhD applicants with excellent academic records and strong written skills. We want people who can demonstrate outstanding ability in numerical methods, lab-based measurements, machine learning or computer graphics, or some combination of these. You’ll need to demonstrate an aptitude to learn a broad range of new skills, including those outside your existing discipline.

Start date

We’re looking for a candidate who can start by September 2021 and who is either in New Zealand or willing to apply for Critical Worker exemption to be able to enter New Zealand under the current border restrictions. This PhD project is experimental and so there is not an option to work remotely. 

What we offer

We’re offering a competitive tax-free stipend of NZ$27,500 per year for three years. Funding also covers tuition fees and research project consumable costs.

The programme is a collaboration between the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, Victoria University in Wellington, the University of Otago in Dunedin and Callaghan Innovation. We’re hosted by the Biomolecular Interaction Centre at the University of Canterbury. As a PhD student in our programme, you’ll join an interdisciplinary team of more than 25 academics, post-docs and PhD students. This PhD opportunity focus on heat exchangers is based at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.


Funding Notes

We’re offering a competitive tax-free stipend of NZ$27,500 per year for three years. Funding also covers tuition fees and research project consumable costs.
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