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A fundamental study into novel methods to selectively metallise materials using a magnetic field to enable more sustainable processing in electronics, automotive, aerospace and other high value manufacturing sectors

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Cobley
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    Applications accepted all year round

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Project

Electrochemical deposition in a magnetic field is a novel and growing area of research across Europe expected to contribute to the development of novel highly sustainable and efficient metallisation processes used in electrochemical research and with wide applicability across high value manufacturing sectors such as electronics, aerospace and automotive.

If a material is to be selectively metallised masking is applied using photolithographic techniques which are expensive, environmentally damaging and time consuming. The principle behind this innovative research is the use of magnetic fields for sustainable selective metallisation of materials. A template can be made of magnetised iron rods which are placed behind the material being metallised. The ions in the electrolyte will either be repelled or attracted to the magnetic field producing a patterned surface. Electrochemical deposition in a magnetic field therefore has the potential to be a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to patterning a material. This technology has been proven on metallic surfaces but no work has been performed to use this technology to enable ‘patterning’ of a non-conductive material, the focus of this PhD. To achieve this, the project will investigate the effect of a magnetic field on the catalysis and deposition stages of electroless processes.

Award Details: Tuition Fees + Bursary £15000 per year

Duration: 3 years Fixed Term (Studentships are available to commence during academic year 15/16- start date will be specified to successful candidates)

About the Centre/Department

Our research in Manufacturing and Materials Engineering builds on our historic research strengths at Coventry, and adds new research teams through investment and growth. It integrates seamlessly with the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, our flagship collaboration with Unipart Manufacturing.

This area of research will take a holistic approach to fabrication and manufacturing, focusing on the three strands of Materials, Processes, and Products; and underpinned by our expertise in Metrology and Advanced Experimentation.

We aim to be the research partner of choice for manufacturing industry in adding value, effecting knowledge transfer, generating intellectual property, and raising new technologies from concept up through the Manufacturing Readiness Levels.

Our summary research themes:
· Process Control / Product Verification.
· Advanced Metrology and Experimentation
· Supply Chain Management
· Materials for Advanced Technologies
· Integrated Product Enhancement

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will have:
- A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average,or

- A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at merit level (60%).

- The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study.

- Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

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