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3D Printing Clean Air! - - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, August 01, 2019
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
This exciting project will introduce you the fascinating world of 3D printing and porous materials, whilst focussing your attention on helping to solve one of the biggest problems faced by many around the world – air pollution. You will start by synthesizing a conjugated microporous polymer (with high adsorption capabilities, often synthesized in our research group). Once synthesised, you will prepare “inks” for 3D printing, containing your porous polymers and a variety of bio and other related polymer. These inks will be screened and tested (using our custom-built 3D printers, as well as other physical measurements) to assess their viability for printing. Once suitable inks are identified, they will be utilised to print simple functional modules to test for the removal a range of model air pollutants and gases (starting with I2 and NOx as a model compounds).

Why Choose this Opportunity
The focus of your project will be on preparation, printing and purification, which therefore identifies the experience you will gain! You will have the opportunity prepare various conjugated microporous polymers, formulate 3D printing inks for printing, and finally 3D print test modules for the removal of model air pollutants. You will therefore gain skills and experience typical for a modern materials laboratory.
This project will require you to collaborate with other members of the research group with diverse technical backgrounds, thus improving your communication, teamwork and networking skills. You will furthermore be developing a range of additional transferable skills, including presentation, scientific writing, and project and time management. Finally, you will be interacting with students from all over the world learning from their culture and skills, adding to your professional and personal development.

About You
Full training will provided for all aspects of this project. In addition to your supervisor you will be assigned a postdoc or PhD mentor for the duration of your project, who will provide support and help you to identify any additional training needs or opportunities.
Skills and knowledge that are desirable (but not essential are): synthetic chemistry (and vacuum line techniques), analytical skills (with training provided for the analysis of porous materials), basic electronics and coding (for the 3D printers), team work and time management.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

How good is research at University of Bristol in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 58.60

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