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Bio-inspired Self-Healing Composite Materials

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    Dr J Chin
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering one full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for the following project

Closing date: - 29th February 2016.
Studentships will start on 26th September 2016
Supervisors: Dr. Jia Min Chin, [Email Address Removed], (01482 466408)
Dr. Kevin S. Fancey, Dr. Michael R. Reithofer

The University of Hull is currently putting significant resources into strengthening its research capabilities in 3D printing through the creation of a 3D printing research cluster. The cluster combines the expertise of Chemists, Engineers and Physicists to create novel materials through rational design. Specifically, we are interested in the typically mutually exclusive properties of strength and toughness and how natural biocomposites like bone or nacre combine brittle and ductile components in a synergistic manner to create strong, yet tough materials. By borrowing such lessons from Nature, we aim to create complex composites with high strength, toughness, and damage tolerance. The project advertised is directly involved in this research cluster and will be of multidisciplinary nature, whereby the student will work in a vibrant research environment, receiving training in materials research while collaborating with other cluster members on 3D printing. Within this cluster, the student will focus on the synthesis and characterization of self-healing elastomers and gels for 3D printing of complex composites as well as on testing and optimizing the resulting mechanical properties of the fabricated composites. The student will receive close supervision from experts in the fields of chemical synthesis, materials design and mechanical engineering. Working closely with other scientists in the group and academic supervisors, the successful candidate will investigate novel applications and help define a future research agenda for this new technology and materials.

For further details of the position, enquiries should be directed to Dr. Jia Min Chin, [Email Address Removed]
Details of some of her previous work and group philosophy can be found here:

To apply for this post please click on the Apply button below.

In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or Materials Science with at least a 2.1 (preferably a first), or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance
(£14,057 in 2015/16) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30th April 2016 at the latest.

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